Checklist is a great tool designed to make your move
Clear out your old home
* Discontinue utilities and services at your
* 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 refunded.
* 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,
* 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 for
* Stock up on packing essentials (boxes,
* Make move day arrangements for travel,
lodging, children, the elderly and pets.
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 insurance rate
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, etc.)
* Create a meal plan for the days leading up to
your move. Stop buying perishables.
* 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 all your
* Check your safe deposit box, make sure you
have birth certificates, passports, and other
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 move day.
Include payment for movers and cash for move day
tipping, medications, tools, chargers,
flashlights, parking permits, keys to your new home,
snacks, toiletries, etc.
Getting to know your new home
* Identify location of meters, furnace,
security system codes, smoke detectors, etc.
* Add or update home security system and change
* Find out about trash and recycling days.
Step 8: Update official records & tell your
* Register to Vote: Some states have a waiting
period before your voter registration
becomes official. Make sure to register as soon as
* Transfer medical records, prescriptions,
dental and school records.
* Tell friends and family you've moved.
Step 9: Explore your new neighborhood
* Look into your public transportation options
* Learn about local schools or colleges.
* Visit our counties page to learn more about
the area you are going to visit including
service providers such as Realtors, Lawyers, Banks,
Builders, Title Companies,
Insurance Agents, Mortgage Companies, Moving Companies,
Lawn services, Furniture Stores, Handymen, Hotels, Car
Rentals, Doctors Dentists,
Pharmacies and Veterinarians.
* Identify new service providers in the area
such as contractors, babysitters, etc. Using
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 newspaper.