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Moving Checklist

Before You Move

Utility Companies:

 Address Change:

  • Post Office: Give forwarding address
  • Change Accounts, Credit Cards
  • Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks
  • Friends and Relatives


  • Transfer funds, arrange check cashing in new city
  • Arrange credit references


  • Notify company of new location for coverages: Life, Health, Fire and Auto

Delivery Service

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories

  • Ask Doctor and Dentist for referrals: transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays and obtain birth records, medical records, etc.


  • Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.

Don't Forget To:

  • Empty freezer, plan use of foods
  • Defrost freezer, clean refrigerator and place charcoal to dispel odors
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Remember arrangement for TV and antenna
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them wrapped for moving
  • Check with your moving counselor: Insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment
  • Plan for special care needs of infants or pets

On Moving Day

  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in new city
  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself; or use registered mail
  • Plan for transporting pets, they are poor traveling companions if unhappy
  • Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds
  • Let a close friend or relative know route and schedule you will travel including overnight stops; use him or her as message headquarters
  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves to be sure thay are empty
  • Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with Realtor or neighbor

At Your New Address

  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage
  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, and furnace
  • Have appliances checked
  • Ask mailman for mail he may be holding for your arrival
  • Visit city offices and register for voting
  • Register car within five days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates
  • Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership
  • Apply for a state driver's license
  • Register family in your new place of worship
  • Arrange for medical services: Doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc.
  • Call local locksmith to have locks rekeyed


Carol Duran
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Ph: 312-368-5963  -  Fax: 312 242-5613
1800 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614

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