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So - you've sold your home. You found and closed on a great new home. You thought buying and selling a home was stressful? Let's talk about moving into your new home now!

Yeah, moving is stressful. But if you use this moving checklist to plan a move, you'll find that your upcoming move will go more smoothly, with fewer headaches and fewer forgotten items.

Let's get started planning your move!

Things To Do BEFORE Moving Day

Send Change of Address Information

Check here! Post Office - provide them with Forwarding Address
Check here! Charge Accounts/Credit Cards ... also remembering the ones you auto-pay online
Check here! Magazine Subscriptions - requires several weeks notice to make a change
Check here! Friends and Relatives - most effective?  Cards and emails

Banking and Insurance

Check here! Moving to a new city?  Arrange to have your funds transferred; for check-cashing in new city;
     establish credit references
Check here! Notify insurance company of new location for coverages on all policies  (Life, Health, Fire & Auto)

Utility Companies and Delivery Services

Check here! Notify gas, light, water, telephone, garbage and newspaper of last day
     (request refunds on any deposits made)

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories

Check here! If you're leaving town, ask your Doctor and Dentist for referrals
Check here! Transfer prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays and medical records

Useful Tips and Reminders

Check here! Empty your freezer; plan how to use or discard that food
Check here! Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Add charcoal to dispel odors
Check here! Remember arrangements for TV and antenna
Check here! Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them "moving-wrapped"
Check here! Check with your Moving Counselor regarding: insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, methods and time
     of expected payment
Check here! Ask about any new local regulations for pets: licenses, vaccinations, tags. etc.
Check here! Remember to plan for special care needs of infants and pets


Things To Do ON, or SHORTLY AFTER Moving Day

Preparing to Leave your Old Address

Check here! Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover the cost of moving services and expenses until you make your banking connections in new city
Check here! Carry jewelry and important documents yourself; or use registered mail
Check here! Plan for transporting your pets; they're poor traveling companions if they're unhappy or uncomfortable
Check here! Let close friends or relatives know the route and schedule you've planned, including overnight stops; use him or her as a message headquarters
Check here! Double check closets, drawers, shelves to be sure they are empty
Check here! Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with Realtor or owner

Arriving at your New Address

Check here! Obtain a certified check or cashiers check, if necessary, for closing your Real Estate Transaction
Check here! Check on utilities: telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage
Check here! Check the pilot light on stove, hot water heater, and furnace
Check here! Schedule a time to have your appliances checked
Check here! Ask your mailman for any mail he may be holding for your arrival
Check here! Have your new address recorded on everyone's driver's licenses
Check here! Find out how you can register to vote
Check here! Register your car within five days after arrival in another state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates
Check here! Apply for your new state's driver's license
Check here! Haev you found a new place of worship?
Check here! Get details on how to register your children in the new school
Check here! Arrange for medical services: Doctor, Dentist, Veterinarian, etc.


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