Checklist for Moving

Before you leave:

Address Change:

  • Post Office: Give Forwarding Address.
  • Charge 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 auto location for coverage: Life, Health, Fire and Auto.

Utility Companies:

  • Gas, light, water, telephone, fuel, garbage
  • Get refunds on any deposits made.

Delivery Service:

  • Laundry, newspaper, changeover of service.

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories:

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


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

And Don't Forget To:

  • Empty freezer, plan use of food.
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal to dispense odors
  • Have appliances serviced for moving.
  • Remember arrangements for TV and antenna.
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them moving-wrapped.
  • Check with your Moving Counselor; insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping, methods and time of expected payments.

And 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 of pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy.
  • Let close friends or relatives know your routes and schedule you will travel, including overnight stops; use him or her as a message headquarters.
  • Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds.
  • Double check closets, drawers, and shelves to be sure they are empty.
  • Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with REALTOR® or owner.

And at Your New Address:

  • Obtain certified checks or cashiers check necessary for closing Real Estate Transaction.
  • 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.
  • Have new address recorded on driver’s license.
  • Visit city offices and register for voting.
  • Register car within five days after arrival in state or a penalty will have to be paid when getting new license plates.
  • Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership
  • Apply for state driver’s license.
  • Register your family in your new place of worship.
  • Register children in school.
  • Arrange medical services: Doctor, Dentist, Veterinarian, etc.
What's my home worth in almaden Valley, San Jose CA

Don Orason
Owner, Silicon Valley real Estate Team
Intero Real Estate

Almaden Valley San Jose CA


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