We often forget that there’s more to a move than the admittedly time-consuming drill of pack-transport-unpack. Setting up a new household, be it solo or for a family, usually means jumping through a seemingly endless array of hoops. Be it connecting new utilities, registering kids for school or ensuring that your home – both previous and present – is ready for habitation requires a certain degree of vigilance and effort.
We understand that it can be daunting and offer this – a simple checklist of tasks that may require attention along with some helpful contact information for your convenience.
Consider it a housewarming present from us to you.
Before the move (if possible)
- Plan your travel itinerary. Make transportation arrangements and any hotel reservations in advance.
- Send change of address to post office (with forwarding address), credit cards, subscriptions, friends and family.
- Contact utility companies in new location to arrange for immediate service.
- Arrange insurance on new home.
- Transfer bank account or close your current accounts
- Service any appliances making the move.
- Discontinue regular deliveries, utilities, newspapers and garbage collection
- Obtain copies of or transfer school records.
- Obtain records from doctors and dentists, including eyeglass prescriptions, dental X-rays and vaccinations.
- Cancel club memberships.
- Arrange for transporting pets and obtain immunization records.
- Return library books.
After the Move
- Check major appliances.
- Hook up appliances and electronics to make sure they work. If there is a problem, consult with your moving company immediately.
- Check all boxes and furniture.
- Make sure everything is accounted for and there is no damage to furniture.
- Set up your utilities
- If you have not done so already, call to arrange an appointment to get your services hooked up. See our handy list of providers on page 16.
- Find a good school and register your children.
- Take the time now to research and register your children for school. If you are early, put it on your calendar for the day registration opens and have all of your paperwork ready to go.
- Get road ready.
- You must register your vehicle in your new city or state by going to the local tag office. Don’t forget to take this opportunity to get a new driver’s license and update the insurance on your vehicle.
- Register to vote.
- Visit your local Board of Elections to get registered to vote, doing this now will save you a lot of time in the future.
- Make sure you are getting your mail.
- Check with the Post Office to make sure it is forwarding your mail from the old address to your new one.
- Find your new health professionals.
- Look for a new General Practitioner, Dentist, Specialists, Pediatricians, if necessary and a vet for your pets. See our list of preferred providers if you need suggestions.
- Create a new emergency contact list for your refrigerator.
- Get your financials moved over.
- Now is a good time to set up new accounts. Get a local Checking and savings account. Check around to see if you can find a local Broker or Financial Planner that you are comfortable with. Don’t forget to open a local safe deposit box.
- Transfer your insurance.
- If you haven’t already, take the time to transfer all of your insurance. Make sure your home, vehicles, recreational vehicles, health and life is insured. To find a local agent, please visit our list of preferred vendors in the index section of the Move2 Guide.
- Rekey locks, ensuring only you have access to your new home.
- Establish contact with Home Owners Association (HOA).