Moving Checklist for Buyers

Send change of address to:

  • Post Office: give forwarding address
  • Charge accounts, credit cards
  • Subscriptions: notice requires several weeks
  • Friends and relatives 
  • Bank: transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city
  • Insurance: life, health, fire, and auto
  • Automobile: transfer of car title registration, driver's license, city windshield sticker, motor club membership
  • Utility companies (gas, light, water, telephone, fuel): arrange for refunds of any deposits and service in new town)
  • School records: ask for copies or transfer of children's records.
  • Health: medical, dental, prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals, transfer needed prescriptions, x-rays
  • Church, clubs, civic organizations: transfer memberships, get letters of introduction
  • Pets: ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.


And don't forget to:

  • Empty freezer: plan use of foods
  • Defrost freezer/refrigerator: place charcoal to dispel odors
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Remember arrangements for TV and antenna
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them wrapped or packed
  • Check insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment
  • Plan for special care needs of infants and children
  • Change over utilities to your new home one week prior to closing


And on moving day:

  • Carry currency, jewelry, documents yourself or use registered mail
  • Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy
  • Carry traveler's cheques for quick, available funds
  • Let close friend or relative know your route and schedule, including overnight stops; use him/her as a message headquarters
  • Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with the real estate agent