Whether you’re moving across town or to a new state, moving is a huge endeavor! Keeping things organized will help to keep your stress levels in check, so I’ve put together this handy moving checklist for you to keep on hand! 

This list will help ensure you don’t forget the important things:

SEND CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO:

  • Post Office
  • Bank
  • Credit card companies
  • Friends and relatives
  • Insurance companies — Life, health, fire, auto
  • Automobile — Transfer of car title registration, driver's license
  • Utility companies — Gas, light, water, telephone, cable
  • Arrange for any refunds of deposits
  • Arrange for service in new location
  • Home delivery — Laundry, newspaper, magazine subscriptions
  • School records — Ask for copies or transfer children's school records
  • Medical records — Medical, dental, prescription histories
  • Ask doctor and dentist for referrals
  • Transfer needed prescriptions, x-rays, etc.
  • Church, clubs, civic organizations — Transfer memberships and get letters of introduction

DON'T FORGET TO:

  • Empty freezers 
  • Defrost freezer/refrigerator
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Contact utility companies for connection — Water, power, cable, trash, etc.
  • Stay in contact with your mover — Stay informed about insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day timing, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment
  • Plan for special care and needs of infants, children, pets and house plants

ON MOVING DAY:

  • Carry currency, jewelry, and important documents yourself
  • Let a close friend or relative know route and schedule you will travel including overnight stops; use him/her as message headquarters
  • Double-check (to avoid confusion) old closets, drawers, shelves to be sure they are empty
  • Leave old keys needed by new owner