Checklist For Moving

Before you leave

Give address change to:

  • Post office
  • Charge Accounts, Credit Cards
  • Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks
  • Friends and Relatives


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


  • Notify company of new location for coverages: Life, Health, Fire & Auto

Utility Companies

  • Gas, light, water, telephone, fuel
  • Obtain refunds on any deposits made

Medical, Dental, Prescriptions Histories

  • Ask doctor & dentist for referrals
  • Transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays
  • Obtain birth records, medical records, etc.

And Don't Forget To

  • Empty freezer
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving
  • Arrange to have items wrapped for moving
  • Check with your Moving Counselor: Insurance coverage, packing & unpacking labour, arrival day, various shipping papers.

On Moving Day

  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in the new city.
  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself, or use registered mail.

At Your New Address

  • Plan for transporting pets; they are poor travel companions if unhappy.
  • Double-check closets, drawers & shelves to be sure they are empty.
  • Leave old keys needed by new tenant or owner with Realtor or neighbor.
  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity & water.
  • Check pilot light on stove, water heater, incinerator & furnace.
  • Have new address recorded on driver's license.
  • Register car within 5 days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates.
  • Register children in school.
  • Arrange for medical services: doctor, dentist, etc.

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Homesellers Mistakes

Ignoring the importance of first impressions

Sales have been blown by unkept lawns, cluttered closets, unpainted front doors, hard-to-work locks, blown light bulbs, bad colours, stains, unlit areas and bad smells, Spend time on the little things.

Double up on your gardening. Keep things cleaner than usual. Take serious control of your pets during this time period.

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