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Buyer's Guide - Checklist for your Move...

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Before You Leave


Address Change

  • Post Office: Give forwarding address.

  • Charge Accounts, Credit Cards.

  • Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks.

  • Friends and Relatives.


  • Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city.

  • Arrange credit references.


  • Notify company of new location for coverages: Life, Health, Fire and Auto.

Utility Companies

  • Gas, electricity, water, telephone, fuel, garbage.

  • Get refunds on any deposits made.

Delivery Service

  • Laundry, newspaper, changeover of services.

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories

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


  • Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.

And Don't Forget To...

  • Empty freezer; plan use of foods.

  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal inside to dispel odors.

  • Have appliances serviced for moving.

  • Remember arrangements for TV and antenna.

  • Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them moving-wrapped.

  • Check with your Moving 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 or pets

And On Moving Day...

  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in your new city.

  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself; or use registered mail.

  • Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions, if unhappy.

  • Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds.

  • Let close friend or relative know route and schedule you will travel including overnight stops; use him or her 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 RealtorŪ or neighbor.

And At Your New Address...

  • Obtain certified check or cashiers check necessary for closing Real Estate Transaction.

  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage.

  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, and furnace.

  • Have appliances checked.

  • Ask Mail Carrier for mail he or she may be holding for your arrival.

  • Have new address recorded on driver's license.

  • Visit city offices and register for voting.

  • Register car within five days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates.

  • Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership.

  • Apply for state driver's license.

  • Register family in your new place of worship.

  • Register children in school

  • Arrange for medical services: Doctor, Dentist, Chiropractor, Veterinarian, etc.


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