Print this handy guide and use it as a reference tool when moving.

Moving Checklist

Old Location

  • Arrange for a professional mover
  • Take household goods inventory
  • Check with your insurance agent about coverage for the move, transfer of policies
  • Clean out closets/garage
  • Send draperies and rugs to cleaners in time for packing with other goods
  • Defrost freezer and clean all appliances

Call your landlord or the following to have services shut off or disconnected:

  • Water company
  • Cable TV company
  • Electric company
  • Newspaper delivery
  • Gas/oil company
  • Telephone company

Notify post office of new address and send change of address cards to:

  • Charge accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Loan companies
  • Subscriptions (magazines, etc)
  • Friends, relatives

Take care of household and personal business:

  • Pick up any clothing, storage items from cleaners
  • Empty safe-deposit box
  • Arrange for banking in new location, transfer bank funds
  • Arrange for local school to transfer children’s records
  • Ask dentist for recommendations of new dentist and arrange for records to be forwarded
    • General dentist   __________________________
    • Orthodontist   ____________________________
    • Other __________________________________
  • Ask physician(s) for recommendations and arrange for records to be forwarded.
    • Family doctor  _____________________________
    • Pediatrician   ______________________________
    • Specialists   _______________________________
  • Obtain veterinarian records
  • Have appliances serviced for moving, if applicable
  • Transfer church, club, civic organization memberships; obtain letters of introduction
  • Obtain moving company’s toll-free telephone number to check progress of shipment:
    • Name of company __________________________
    • Telephone number _________________________


Before Arriving At New Location

Arrange for utility services in new area:

  • Water company
  • Electric company
  • Gas/oil company
  • Telephone company

New Location

  • Order local newspapers
  • Meet your neighbors (write down their names)
  • Contact Welcome Wagon for information and free gifts, coupons
  • Join Newcomers Club
  • Put valuables into a safety deposit box in the new bank
  • Arrange for new school to receive records
  • Contact new dentists and doctors to arrange for record delivery
  • Arrange for new registration of vehicles, motorcycles or boat
  • Obtain new driver’s license if you moved to a new province, or correct address on present license