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Moving Checklist

Send Change of address to:

✔ Post Office: Give forwarding address
✔ Charge Accounts, Credit Cards
✔ Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks
✔ Friends & Relatives

Be sure to contact:

✔ Bank: Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city.
✔ Insurance: Notify new location of coverage (life, health, fire, auto, homeowners).
✔ Automobile: Transfer car title registration; also driver’s license; state windshield sticker, motor club membership.
✔ Utilities: Gas, light, water, telephone, fuel, get refund of any deposit made; arrange for immediate service in new town; arrange for final reading and change of name for billing.
✔ Route Men: Laundry, paper boy, milk man: change over services.
✔ Schools: Ask for copies of transfer of children’s records.
✔ Medical: Ask Doctor, Dentist, Pharmacist for referrals; transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays and records.
✔ Organizations: Transfer memberships (houses of worship, clubs, civic organizations); get letter of introduction.
✔ Pets: Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags.
✔ Management Office: most condos/co-ops require move-in reservations

And, don’t forget to:

✔ Empty freezer; plan use of foods.
✔ Defrost freezer-refrigerator. (Place charcoal to dispel odors.)
✔ Have appliances serviced for moving.
✔ Clean rugs or clothing, before moving; have them “moving-wrapped.”
✔ Check with your moving counselor: insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment.
✔ Plan for special care needs of infants.
✔ Plan garage sale.

And on moving day:

✔ Carry currency, jewelry, documents yourself or use registered mail.
✔ Plan for transporting pets. (They are poor traveling companions if unhappy.) Make sure you can be found if they become lost.
✔ Carry traveler’s checks for quick available funds.
✔ Tell close friends or relatives your route and schedule (including overnight stops). Use them as “message headquarters.”
✔ Double check closets, drawers, shelves (to be sure they are empty).
✔ Leave all old keys, needed by new tenant or owners, with agent or Realtor.

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