Moving Checklist

Posted on May 4, 2007. Filed under: Home Buyers, Home Sellers |

Although an exciting time, the moving process really does entail a lot of things for us to do!  This can become very overwhelming to many home buyers and home sellers.  Rightfully so!  Moving from one home to the next is certainly a great feat.  As with most things, a little more planning in advance, organizing, and assistance from friends/family/your Real Estate Agent can really go a long way towards make your move a much easier experience overall.  Your next move is a fresh start – a new beginning – so, why not take some extra steps in advance to be more prepared – and have your next moving experience feel more like the exciting experience that it really is.  I’ve included a “moving checklist” designed to assist you the next time you decide it’s time to move.  You may want to print this page out, and mark off the completed items as you go along with your progress.  You may also wish to copy and paste the selections below into Microsoft Word and organize each task into separate bullets that you can then check-off when completed.  Either way, I do hope that this can make your experience that much more pleasant and take some stress off your shoulders.  It takes much longer to come up with a check-off list each time, versus having one made and just doing those tasks!  That is why many organizational experts suggest creating a list once (for packing prior to taking that trip, etc.) and keeping that same list to use for all future times.  This is a great time-saver!

At Your Present Address

  • Give forwarding address at the Post Office.
  • Update address on your Charge Accounts and Credit Cards
  • Update address on your subscriptions.  Notice requires several weeks.
  • Notify Friends and Relatives of your new address. (i.e. Phone, E-mail, Postcards).


  • Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city.
  • Obtain cashiers check necessary for closing real estate transaction.  Be sure to ask your bank if this check is drawn on a California Institution.
  • Arrage credit references.


  • Notify companies of new location for coverages (i.e. Life, Health, Fire and Auto).

Utility Companies

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

Delivery Service

  • Laundry, newspaper

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories

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

Church, Club, Civic Organizations

  • Transfer memberships; get letters of introduction.


  • Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.
  • Updating pet name tags with new contact information (phones/address)

And Don’t Forget To:

  • Empty Freezer; plan use of foods.
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator.  Place charcoal or baking soda to dispel odors.
  • Have appliances serviced for moving.
  • Arrangements for TV, Cable, DSL and Antenna.
  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them moving-wrapped.
  • Check with your Moving Company/Relocation 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.

And On Moving Day:

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

And At Your Future Address:

  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, and water.
  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, incinerator, and furnace.
  • Have appliances checked.
  • Ask Mailman for mail he may be holding for your arrival.
  • Have new address recorded on your driver’s license.
  • Visit city offices and register for voting.
  • Register car within five days after arrival in stte or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates.
  • Register family in your new place of worship.
  • Register children in school.
  • Arrange for medical services; Doctor, Dentist, etc.
  • Update your contact information with employer, school, organizations you are a member of.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any other suggestions or comments.  I certainly hope that this moving checklist can simplify your mind and your life, the next time that you do move! 

Raquel Bundy, San Diego Real Estate Agent – Visit my Blog’s Homepage!


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