Moving Tips

One Month Before Moving

  • Fill out change of address order form for post office
  • Fill out an IRS change of address form
  • Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a rental truck
  • Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels
  • Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations
  • Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories
  • Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions
  • Set up a checking account in your new city
  • Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, professional tests, business licenses and any special laws that might be applicable to you
  • Take inventory of your belongings before they’re packed, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later
  • If possible, take pictures or video tape your belongings
  • Record serial numbers of electronic equipment
  • Make arrangements for transporting pets
  • Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil


One To Two Weeks Before Moving

  • Switch utility services to new address
  • Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move
  • Arrange for help on moving day
  • Confirm travel reservations
  • Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving
  • Plan ahead for special needs of infants
  • Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank
  • Before closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven’t been processed
  • Collect valuables from safe-deposit box
  • Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address
  • Check with your insurance agent to ensure you’ll be covered through your homeowner’s or renter’s policy during the move
  • Defrost freezer and refrigerator
  • Place deodorizer inside to control odors
  • Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed


On Moving Day

  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty
  • Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail
  • Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds


After Arriving At New Home

  • Renew your driver’s license, auto registration and tags
  • Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage
  • Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees
  • Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home