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Move-In Checklist

 

It is always best to start the Move-In Checklist at the same time you decided to move.

 

First things first. You will need to establish a local support system, set up new utility accounts, notify government agencies, banks, schools of your new address. It can sound overwhelming but if you start making your list early enough it will be a snap. Getting settled into your new home or office as quickly as possible is extremely important for your physical and mental health.

At the bottom of the page, you will find a PDF that has a comprehensive Move-In Checklist to assist in this process.

 

  1. Set up and discontinue New Accounts with Utility Providers.

Lights, air and hot water are easy to take for granted until they are noticeably absent.

Contact utility companies 30 plus days in advance. Click on the link or contact your local

municipality to get a list of the Utility Companies in the area of your new home.

2. Government Fees and Home Owners Association Fees.

When moving into a new area you may need to notify governmental agencies; municipal and state authorities of which vehicles you are registering at your new address. You need to find out how to be notified of any required

property tax, licensing or other deadlines that may apply. Different homeowners associations

and commercial property associations have different rules regarding moving in or out of a

property. It is possible that the location you are moving into or out of has an insurance

requirement that you may need to purchase through them. You need to do your research no

later than 30 days prior to the move. This will elevate any unnecessary trips to government offices.

 

3. Register to Vote.

Avoid hassles with absentee voting by registering to vote ahead of Election Day. Many states

may accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form, but there could be exceptions.

Check with your local election commission to find out what local or state rules might apply

and identify local, polling stations and election dates.

4. Forward Your Mail.

The United States Postal Service allows you to forward mail from your old address for up to a

full year. (You’ll need to renew after the first six months of complimentary service.) Simply submit

a Change of Address form online or fill out a paper form at your local post office.

5. Locate New Health and Emergency Resources.

Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your family’s health. Find preferred providers,

clinics and local pharmacies and create a contact list for everyone in the family to reference.

Don’t forget about Fido either. A local vet should be on your emergency list as well if pets are

making the trip with you.

6. Contact Insurance Companies.

Talk to an insurance agent about covering liabilities during your move and how to transfer

your homeowner’s and auto policies to your new address.

7. Update Your Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions.

Don’t miss an issue of your favorite magazine. Be sure to go online or call and update your

delivery address.

Download and Print  Essential Moving Checklist

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