Jane G. Flatt

Moving Tips

Before You Leave...

Address Change

  • Post Office: Give forwarding address.
  • Charge Accounts, Credit Cards
  • Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks.
  • Friends and Relative


  • 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, light, water, telephone, fuel.
  • Get refunds on any deposits made

Delivery Service

  • Laundry, newspaper, milk: 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.

Church, Club, Civic Organizations

  • Transfer memberships, get letters of introduction.


  • Ask about regulations for licenses, tags, vaccinations, etc.
And Don't Forget To:
  • Empty freezer; plan use of foods.
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal 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.

And On Moving Day:

  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in the new city.
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal to dispel odors.
  • Have appliances serviced for moving.
  • 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 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 Realtor or neighbor.

And At Your New Address:
  • Obtain certified check or cashier's check necessary for closing real estate transaction.
  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity and water.
  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater, incinerator and furnace.
  • Have appliances checked.
  • Ask mailman for mail he 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 city inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership.
  • Apply for state driver's license.
  • Register family in your new place of worship.
  • Register children for school.
  • Arrange for medical services: Doctor, Dentist, etc.