One Month before Moving
Fill out change of address order form for post office.
Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a rental truck.
Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels.
Transfer memberships in, clubs and civic organizations.
Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
Set up a checking account in your new city.
Make arrangements for transporting pets.
One To Two Weeks before Moving
Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
Arrange for help on moving day.
Confirm travel reservations.
Have appliances serviced for moving.
Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed.
Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
Check with your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your homeowner's or renter's policy during the move.
Defrost freezer and refrigerator.
Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.
After Arriving At New Home
Renew your driver's license, auto registration and tags. Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.