This Checklist is a great tool designed to make
your move stress-free.
Step 1: Clear out your old home
* Discontinue utilities
and services at your old home
* Homeowners: Follow-Up on
repairs & commitments you made as a result of the home
* Renters: Leave your home
in good condition to ensure your security deposit is
* If you're moving a
refrigerator, defrost it at least 24 hours in advance.
* Sell or donate un-wated
items. Craigslist.org is
a a great website for this.
Step 2: Set up your new home
* Set up utilities (ie:
Gas, Electric, Water, etc.)
* Check your options for
TV, High Speed Internet and Telephone Service.
Step 3: Get organized for move day
* Find a mover or truck
rental and arrange for storage. Visit our Movers page
* Stock up on packing
essentials (boxes, tape, etc.).
* Make move day
arrangements for travel, lodging, children, the elderly
Step 4: Notify organizations about your move
* Forward your catalogs to
continue receiving them in your new home. USPS does not
automatically forward catalogs.
* Update your driver's
license and, if necessary, your license plates.
* Change or update your
insurance providers: you might qualify for lower car
based on your new neighborhood.
Step 5: Clean and de-stock
* Buy cleaning supplies,
trash bags and boxes.
* Begin cleaning and
destocking process (sweep, mop floors, clean out fridge,
* Create a meal plan for
the days leading up to your move. Stop buying
* Go through your medicine
cabinet and dispose of expired medications.
Step 6: Get Packed
* Make an inventory list
for insurance purposes and make sure you have collected
* Check your safe deposit
box, make sure you have birth certificates, passports,
documents. Make sure you've gotten
everything back from the dry cleaners, spare keys
from neighbors, etc.
* Create your Move Day
Survival Kit of things you'll need to keep with you on
Include payment for movers and cash for
move day tipping, medications, tools, chargers,
flashlights, parking permits, keys to
your new home, snacks, toiletries, etc.
Step 7: Getting to know your new home
* Identify location of
meters, furnace, security system codes, smoke detectors,
* Add or update home
security system and change your locks.
* Find out about trash and
Step 8: Update official records & tell your
* Register to Vote: Some
states have a waiting period before your voter
becomes official. Make sure to register
as soon as possible.
* Transfer medical
records, prescriptions, dental and school records.
* Tell friends and family
Step 9: Explore your new neighborhood
* Look into your public
* Learn about local
schools or colleges.
* Visit our counties page
to learn more about the area you are going to visit
service providers such as Realtors,
Lawyers, Banks, Builders, Title Companies,
Insurance Agents, Mortgage Companies,
Moving Companies, Cleaning/Maid Services,
Lawn services, Furniture Stores,
Handymen, Hotels, Car Rentals, Doctors Dentists,
Pharmacies and Veterinarians.
* Identify new service
providers in the area such as contractors, babysitters,
contractors who have worked in your
neighborhood before so you can save your time
and money since they'll already be
familiar with local zoning laws and ordinances.
* Subscribe to the local