Moving Checklist

8 weeks prior
____ Remove unnecessary items from your attic, storage shed, etc.
____ Use up things you can’t move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies
____ Start an inventory of possessions
____ Obtain estimates from three moving companies
____ Call homeowners insurance agent to find out how your policy will cover your move
____ Begin collecting all moving papers and receipts in a file folder
6 weeks prior
____ Contact the IRS and/or your CPA for tax-deductibility information
____ Evaluate your possessions inventory; donate what you can.
____ Notify your friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc.
____ Locate healthcare professionals and hospitals in your new location
____ Choose a mover or decide to move yourself
____ Contact your mover to ask about insurance
____ Complete change of address on, include the following:
____ Banks
____ Charge cards
____ Doctor/dentist
____ Relatives and friends
____ Income tax bureau/Social Security Administration
____ Insurance broker/lawyer/CPA/stockbroker
____ Magazines
____ Post office
____ Schools
4 weeks prior
____ Gather auto licensing and registration documents, medical, dental and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock and other financial documentation
____ Contact gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable television and trash collection to disconnect service and connect at your new address. Also ask for final readings
____ Request refunds on unused homeowner’s insurance, security deposits and prepaid cable service
____ Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner’s, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home
3 weeks prior
____ Make your travel plans, if applicable
____ Arrange to close current bank accounts and open accounts in new locale
____ Notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of your new address
2 weeks prior
____ Arrange for special transport for your pets and plants
____ Service your car for the trip
____ Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move
____ Arrange to wire funds for closing real estate transaction
____ Plan for transporting of pets
On Moving Day:
____ Carry cash or traveler’s checks to cover cost of moving services & expenses until you make new banking connections, or bring an ATM card
____ Carry jewelry, medications, and important documents yourself, or use registered mail
____ Double check closets, drawers, shelves to be sure they are empty
____ Leave old keys, garage door openers and instruction manuals for new owner
At your new address:
____ Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage
____ Have new address recorded on driver’s license and car registration
____ Visit city offices and register to vote