Moving anytime soon? Don’t forget to do the following things before you go!

Send Change of Address to:

  • Post Office: Give forwarding address
  • Charge accounts and credit cards
  • Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks
  • Relatives and friends

Don’t Forget Bank:

  • Transfer funds, arrange check cashing in new city, if applicable
  • Insurance: Notify new location for auto coverage, life, health, and fire
  • Automobile Registration: Transfer car title registration if necessary, also driver’s license, city windshield sticker, motor club membership
  • Utility Companies: Gas, light, water, telephone, perhaps fuel; get refund of deposits; arrange for immediate service in new location
  • Route Deliveries: Laundry, newspaper, milk, diapers
  • School Records: Ask for copies or transfer of children’s records

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories:

  • Ask doctor and dentist for referrals, transfer prescriptions and x-rays
  • Church, Club, Civic Organizations: Transfer memberships, get letter of introduction
  • Pets: Ask about regulations for licenses, and vaccinations

Prior to Moving Day be Sure to:

  • Plan for special care needs of infants and children
  • Plan for transporting pets
  • Empty freezer and plan use of foods
  • Defrost freezer/refrigerator. Place charcoal or baking soda inside to dispel odors
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them wrapped for moving
  • Arrange for mover: Check insurance coverage, packing and unpacking, labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment

And on Moving Day:

  • Carry currency, jewelry, and documents yourself or use registered mail
  • Carry traveler’s checks for quick, available funds
  • Let close friends or relatives know route and schedule you will travel, including overnight stops; use them as a message headquarters
  • Double-check closets, drawers shelves to be sure they are empty
  • Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with agent or REALTOR®

This content is not the product of the National Association of REALTORS®, and may not reflect NAR's viewpoint or position on these topics and NAR does not verify the accuracy of the content.