Moving Checklist

Plan Ahead

  • Plan your travel itinerary. Make transportation and lodging reservations in advance.
  • Send change of address to: Post office (give forwarding address), charge accounts and credit cards, subscriptions (change notice requires several weeks), and friends and relatives.
  • Contact cable, electric, and telephone companies in new location to arrange for immediate service.
  • Arrange insurance on the new home prior to the transfer of property.
  • Arrange for your present bank to establish credit references for new bank accounts.
  • Service appliances before moving.
  • Clean rugs and have them wrapped.
  • Discontinue deliveries, electricity, water, gas, newspapers, and garbage collection, etc.
  • Obtain copies or transfer your children's school records.
  • Obtain records from doctors and dentists, including eyeglass prescriptions, dental X-rays, and vaccinations.
  • Cancel club memberships.
  • Transfer car title registration, if necessary, as well as driver's license, city windshield sticker, and motor club membership.
  • Pay existing bills and cancel local charge accounts.
  • Check on personal items that may be at the photo shop, bank safe deposit box, neighbor's house, on lay-a-way or in the repair shop (e.g., shoes, jewelry, small appliances or clothing).
  • Arrange for transporting pets and obtain immunization records from the vet.
  • Return all library books and anything borrowed from friends.
  • Notify the religious leader of your church or synagogue.
  • Carry traveler's checks for quick, available funds.
  • Plan for special care and needs of infants.
  • Arrange for transporting plants.
  • Service the car for the trip.
  • Disconnect the telephone.
  • Review moving plans with your moving company representative, including insurance for packing and unpacking, arrival date, payment agreement, shipping papers, etc.


One Week Before Moving

  • Clean and air out your stove.
  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer 24 hours before leaving.
  • Place charcoal or baking soda inside refrigerator and freezer to dispel odors.
  • Dispose of all open cans and jars that cannot be tightly sealed.
  • Remember to pack your telephone directory for future reference.


On Your Moving Day

  • Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a friend or relative.
  • Carry all currency, jewelry, and personal papers (birth certificates, deeds, and documents).
  • Double check closets, drawers, and shelves to be sure they are empty.
  • Confirm hotel reservations.
  • Leave all old keys needed by the tenant or owner with your Sales Associate.