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Moving Checklist


  • Make flow chart for days/weeks before move
  • Make daily schedules
  • Get estimates from moving companies and arrange method of payment
  • Get boxes of packing containers
  • Sell, give away, discard unnecessary belongings
  • Notify post office and send out change of address cards to companies to inform of move:  telephone, insurance, mail order clubs, book and record clubs, electric company, gas or fuel oil, property tax dept., laundry, newspapers, magazines, doctor, dentist, community center, lawyer, accountant, stockbroker, cable TV, utilities, motor vehicle branch, vets, credit card companies, motor club.
  • Transfer or resign club or association memberships
  • Get letter of introduction to church, new clubs
  • Get school records to transfer to new school
  • Make arrangements to move family, hotel reservations, plan tickets
  • Get all medical, dental, birth, baptism and marriage records
  • Transfer house, car, personal insurance records and check into auto licensing requirements
  • Check and clear tax assessments on your current property
  • Assure that your moving out and moving in days do not conflict with other two parties involved
  • Check and assure storage facilities
  • Collect and send out all items to be cleaned or repaired
  • Return all items borrowed; collect all items loaned
  • Arrange for connection and shutting off of utilities
  • Have your car prepared for trip, or arrange transport
  • Dispose of flammable items
  • Defrost and clean fridge one day before move; clean stove
  • Have meters read
  • Make arrangements with caretakers, if renting
  • Use up perishable food
  • Arrange to transport plants, pets, fish, and perishables
  • Clean rugs and drapes
  • Arrange for work that  has to be done at new home
  • Get warranties and tips from previous occupants
  • Plan for children and pets on moving day
  • Get pet immunization records
  • Get moving company appraisals of items for future claims
  • Check swimming pool equipment
  • Cancel cleaning woman, pool maintenance, window cleaners, snow removal, landscape company
  • Leave house clean for new occupants
  • Transfer prescriptions for drugs and eyeglasses
  • Transfer government or private health and hospital plans
  • Return library books
  • Cancel or pass on subscription tickets
  • Arrange for money during move period

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