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Moving Checklist



  • Sell or donate unwanted items.
  • Compare options for TV, Internet and phone service.
  • Arrange to discontinue utilities and services at your old home.
  • Set up gas, electricity, and other utilities at your new home.
  • Create a meal plan for the days leading up to your move. Stop buying perishables.
  • Change or update your insurance provider: you might qualify for a lower rate based on your new neighborhood.
  • If you’re moving a refrigerator, defrost it 24 hours before the move.
  • Book a mover or truck rental and arrange for storage.

Notify People About Your Move

  • Change your address with the United State Postal Service.
  • Notify government agencies like the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security.
  • Administration, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Forward your catalogs and magazines to continue receiving them in your new home (USPS does not automatically forward this type of mail).
  • Update your driver’s license and registration.
  • Cancel your gym membership. Some businesses will require proof you are moving in order to get a refund on the unused portion of your membership.
  • Update your pet’s microchip information.
  • Notify extended friends and family, clubs, alumni associations and medical professionals with a move announcement or a phone call.
  • Inform your bank, credit card providers, and other financial services.
  • Register to vote—even if you moved within the same state or county, you need to update your registration.

Packing and Moving

  • Begin cleaning and destocking process (sweep mop floors, clean out fridge, etc.)
  • Make move day arrangements for travel, lodging, children, the elderly, pets, etc.
  • Make an inventory list for insurance purposes.
  • Check your safe deposit box. Make sure you have birth certificates, passports, and other documents. Get everything back from the dry cleaners, spare keys from neighbors, etc.
  • Stock up on moving essentials, like boxes and packing material.

Settling In

  • Add a home security system.
  • Identify locations of meters, furnace, and smoke detectors.
  • Learn about the local schools.
  • Throw a housewarming party.
  • Explore your neighborhood and meet the neighbors.
  • Find out about trash and recycling days.
  • Find service professional and contractors for the projects that need to be done around the house.
  • Review your moving company.


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