Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

Print this page and use it to check off the important "things to do" as you prepare for your next move!

Address Change

c Post Office: Give Forwarding address, 4 - 6 weeks
c Charge accounts, credit cards
c Subscriptions: notice requires 6 - 8 weeks
c Friends and relatives

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories

c Ask Doctor and Dentist for referrals, transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays. Obtain birth records, medical records, etc.
c Don't forget to check with your Optometrist for your prescription too.
c Also, check with your vet to get your pets records and a letter of reference to a new vet. ( We found this was very helpful in letting the new vet know we paid our bills and that our pets were important family members.)


c Obtain school records for your children
c Veterans notify your draft board or VA office
c Check to see if your will must be rewritten when moving across state lines

Don't Forget To:

c Empty freezer, plan use of foods
c Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal to dispel odors
c Have appliances serviced for moving
c Remember arrangements for TV and cable
c Clean rugs or clothing before moving: have them moving - wrapped
c Check with your Moving Counselor: insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment.
c Plan for special care needs of infants or pets
c Check with Agricultural Department of new state to see if they have any restrictions on plants
c Refill drug prescriptions
c Have car tuned up for trip if you are driving to your new destination

On Moving Day

c Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover costs of moving services
c Carry jewelry and document yourself, or use registered mail
c Plan for transporting of pets, they are poor traveling companions if unhappy
c Let close friends or relatives know the route and schedule you will travel including over night stops. Use one person as message headquarters
c Double check closets, drawers, shelves, and attic to be sure they are empty
c Leave old keys, garage door openers, broiler pans, landscape/house plans and instructional manuals needed by new owner with Realtor or in kitchen drawer.

At Your New Address

c Obtain certified check or cashier's check necessary for closing Real Estate Transaction (check with title/escrow company for details.)
c Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage
c Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater and furnace. Have appliances checked
c Ask Mailman for any mail he may be holding for your arrival
c Have a new address recorded on driver's license
c Visit city offices and register for voting
c Register car within 5 days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates
c Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership
c Apply for state Driver's license
c Register family in your new place of worship
c Register children in school
c Arrange for medical services: Doctor, Dentist, Vet, etc.


c Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city
c Arrange credit references


c Notify company of new location for coverage: Life, Health, Fire and Auto

Utility Companies

c Gas, light, water, telephone, cable
c Get refunds on any deposits made

Delivery Service

c Laundry, newspaper, changeover


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

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Contact Information

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Pat Wattam
RE/MAX First, Independently Owned and Operated
4750 Sherwood Common
Baton Rouge LA 70816
Office Direct: 225-298-6900
Office Main: 225-291-1234
Fax: 225-295-1234

RE/MAX First
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
Main: 225-291-1234

Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission