Moving Checklist

Moving checklist imagePrint this page and use it to check off the important “things to do” as you prepare for your next move!

Address Change

  • Post Office: Give Forwarding address, 4 – 6 weeks
  • Charge accounts, credit cards
  • Subscriptions: notice requires 6 – 8 weeks
  • Friends and relatives

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories

  • Ask Doctor and Dentist for referrals, transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays. Obtain birth records, medical records, etc.
  • Don’t forget to check with your Optometrist for your prescription too.
  • Also, check with your vet to get your pets records and a letter of reference to a new vet. ( We found this was very helpful in letting the new vet know we paid our bills and that our pets were important family members.)


  • Obtain school records for your children
  • Veterans notify your draft board or VA office
  • Check to see if your will must be rewritten when moving across state lines

Don’t Forget To:

  • Empty freezer, plan use of foods
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal to dispel odors
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Remember arrangements for TV and cable
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving: have them moving – wrapped
  • Check with your Moving Counselor: insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment.
  • Plan for special care needs of infants or pets
  • Check with Agricultural Department of new state to see if they have any restrictions on plants
  • Refill drug prescriptions
  • Have car tuned up for trip if you are driving to your new destination

On Moving Day

  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover costs of moving services
  • Carry jewelry and document yourself, or use registered mail
  • Plan for transporting of pets, they are poor traveling companions if unhappy
  • Let close friends or relatives know the route and schedule you will travel including over night stops. Use one person as message headquarters
  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves, and attic to be sure they are empty
  • Leave old keys, garage door openers, broiler pans, landscape/house plans and instructional manuals needed by new owner with Realtor or in kitchen drawer.

At Your New Address

  • Obtain certified check or cashier’s check necessary for closing Real Estate Transaction (check with title/escrow company for details.)
  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage
  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater and furnace. Have appliances checked
  • Ask Mailman for any mail he may be holding for your arrival
  • Have a new address recorded on driver’s license
  • Visit city offices and register for voting
  • Register car within 5 days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates
  • Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership
  • Apply for state Driver’s license
  • Register family in your new place of worship
  • Register children in school
  • Arrange for medical services: Doctor, Dentist, Vet, etc.


  • Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city
  • Arrange credit references


  • Notify company of new location for coverage: Life, Health, Fire and Auto

Utility Companies

  • Gas, light, water, telephone, cable
  • Get refunds on any deposits made

Delivery Service

  • Laundry, newspaper, changeover


  • Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.