Moving Checklist

Here is a handy guide to help make your move less stressful. An organized, well planned move will be a rewarding experience for you in the end. Here are some suggestions to help you plan for a smooth transition.

Plan Ahead

    • Plan your travel itinerary. Make transportation & lodging reservations in advance.
    • Send change of address to: post office (give forwarding address) – charge accounts and credit cards – subscriptions (change notice requires several weeks) – friends and relatives.
    • Contact gas, electric and telephone companies in new location to arrange for immediate service.
    • Arrange insurance on the new home prior to the transfer of property.
    • Arrange for your present bank to establish credit references for new bank accounts.
    • Service appliances before moving.
    • Clean rugs and have them wrapped.
    • Discontinue deliveries, electricity, water, gas, newspapers and garbage collection, etc.
    • Obtain copies or transfer your children’s school records.
    • Obtain records from doctors and dentists, including eyglass prescriptions, dental x-ray and vaccinations.
    • Cancel club memberships.
    • Transfer car title registration, if necessary, as well as driver’s license, city windshield sticker, and motor club membership.
    • Pay existing bills and cancel local charge accounts.
    • Check on personal items that may be at the photo shop, bank safe deposit, neighbor’s house, on lay-a-way, or in the repair shop (i.e. shoes, jewelry, small appliances or clothing)
    • Arrange for transporting pets and obtain immunization records from the vet.
    • Return all library books and anything borrowed from friends.
    • Notify the religious leader of hour church or synagogue.
    • Carry traveler’s checks for quick, available funds.
    • Plan for special care and needs of infants.
    • Arrange for transporting plants.
    • Service the car for the trip.
    • Disconnect the telephone.
    • Review moving plans with your moving company representative, including insurance for packing and unpacking, arrival date, payment agreement, shipping papers, etc.

One Week Before Moving

    • Clean and air out your stove.
    • Defrost refrigerator and freezer 24 hours before leaving.
    • Place charcoal or baking soda inside refrigerator and freezer to dispel odors.
    • Dispose of all open cans and jars that cannot be tightly sealed.
    • Remember to pack your telephone directory for future reference.

Survival Checklist

Here are items you may need immediately upon arriving at your new home.


    • Soap powder
    • Kitchen cleanser
    • Dishtowels
    • Paper towels
    • Dishcloth
    • Steel wool pads
    • Sponge
    • Window cleaner
    • Scrub brush
    • Mop Broom


    • Paper plates, cups, and napkins
    • Plastic knives, forks and spoons
    • Plastic pitcher for drinks
    • Small saucepan
    • Serving spoons
    • Teakettle


    • Facial tissue
    • Toilet tissue
    • Bath towel
    • Shower curtain
    • Face cloth
    • Bath soap
    • First aid kit
    • Aspirin
    • Prescription medicine

  • Light bulbs
  • Flashlight Hammer, screwdriver, pliers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Shelf paper
  • Trash bags
  • Twine
  • Newspaper


    • Coloring books and crayons
    • Favorite toys
    • Reading materials
    • Puzzles Small surprise gift


  • Easy-open cans of pudding
  • Sandwich spreads
  • Jars of cheese
  • Packages of crackers
  • Instant creamer, sugar, salt
  • Dry soup mix
  • Boxes of dry cereal, raisins
  • Instant coffee, tea, chocolate
  • Fresh fruit

  On Your Moving Day

  • Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a friend or relative.
  • Carry all currency, jewelry and personal papers (birth certificates, deeds and documents).
  • Double check closets, drawers and shelves to be sure they are empty.
  • Confirm hotel reservations.
  • Leave all old keys needed by the tenant or owner with your sales associate.
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