Moving Checklist

Before You Move: Address Change Notification

  • Post office forwarding address
  • Waste disposal service
  • Subscriptions (may take several weeks)
  • Friends and relatives
  • Bank and other financial institutions (for example, loans, credit cards) Insurance
  • Notify carrier of new location for coverage of: life, health, fire and auto Transfer Services
  • All utilities: gas, electric, water, phone, internet, cable, and garbage
  • Newspapers

Gather Records (if moving to a new city)

  • Obtain referrals from doctor and dentist; transfer prescriptions (for example, eyeglasses, medications)
  • Obtain birth records, medical records
  • Obtain pet records, tags/registration


  • Arrange for moving company
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them moving-wrapped
  • Check moving insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day and time, paperwork, method and time of expected payment
  • Plan ahead for special care needs of small children and pets

On Moving Day

  • Carry enough cash to cover cost of moving services and expenses
  • Transport jewelry and important documents yourself or use registered mail
  • Make special arrangements for transporting pets
  • Let a close friend or relative know the route and schedule you will travel, including overnight stops
  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves, and garage to be sure they are empty
  • Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with appropriate party

At Your New Address

  • Confirm status of all utility services
  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater and furnace
  • Have appliances checked
  • Visit Department of Motor Vehicles to update driver’s license(s), vehicle registration, vehicle inspection – in certain cases
  • Re-register to vote (save time and do this when you update records at DMV)
  • Register children in school
  • Arrange for medical services: doctor, dentist, veterinarian