Buyer Moving Checklist

Just found out your moving date? Whether it is two weeks or two months from now, here is a helpful checklist to keep you on track for the big day.

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Select Moving Company

  • Get estimates from moving companies
  • Select mover and confirm date of move

Address Change

  • Post Office – give forwarding address
  • Credit Card, Charge Accounts
  • Licenses
  • Friends and Relatives
  • Subscriptions


  • Transfer Funds
  • Arrange accounts in new location
  • Arrange credit references
  • Transfer safe deposit box


  • Notify companies of change

Utility Companies (see our comprehensive list of utilities)

  • Recover any deposits from your current accounts
  • Order service for gas, electricity, water, phone, fuel garbage and sewer, as needed
  • TV, Internet, Cable

Delivery Services

  • Laundry, newspaper, etc.

Medical, Dental, Prescriptions

  • Obtain complete records from current providers
  • Establish new relationships


  • Transfer records/transcripts
  • Register at new school(s)


  • Obtain current records – vaccinations, rabies, spay/neuter certificates
  • Get new licenses and tags

Don’t Forget To:

  • Empty freezer, plan use of food
  • Defrost freezer, clean refrigerator
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving
  • Plan for special care for pets, plants
  • Check with moving counselor re: insurance coverage, packing and unpacking services, arrival day, shipping papers, method and time of expected payment

And on Moving Day

  • Be sure you have access to funds to pay the movers and cover your other expenses
  • Carry jewelry and critical documents yourself
  • Give a close friend or relative your travel plans and schedule
  • Double check closets, drawers and shelves to be sure you don’t leave anything behind