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Moving Checklist

 Moving is often a stressful situation and it is easy to overlook or forget about some essential things that need to be taken care of when you move. Here are a few tips from Guardian to help make sure you get everything taken care of during your move!

 Fill out a change of address form and forward your mail- 

  • The last thing you want to do is go back and forth between houses getting your mail so at least two weeks before fill out a change of address form at your local post office or complete the form online. It only takes a few minutes and will help ensure that your mail service is uninterrupted.

Set up new accounts with utility providers

  • Don't spend the first night in your new home in the dark! At least a week prior to your move contact your utility providers ( phone, power, water/ sewer, television) and transfer your service to your new address to ensure that they have ample time and there is no delay in services.

 Shut off utilities at your old address

  • In addition to making sure the water is on at your new house, you also want to let them know to stop services at your old house. People typically and their service a day after the new owners take possession to ensure uninterrupted service.

Register your vehicle

  • When moving into a new area you need to notify municipal and state revenue authorities of which vehicles you're registering at your new address. Once in their database they'll notify you of property tax and Licensing deadlines. Doing this ahead of time will save you from additional headaches when you make your first trip to the local DMV to update your license and plates.

Change your driver’s license

  • Most states require that you change your driver’s license to reflect your new address within 30 days of a move. Be sure to take two forms of proof of residency with you to the DMV to avoid repeat trips. Utility bills usually suffice.

Contact your bank

  • Before you move be sure to contact your bank to change your address and reorder checks. This step will save you a great deal of hassle down the road, as most banks won’t accept checks with the wrong address.

Contact your insurance provider

  • Moving a stressful enough without having to worry about how you are replaced possessions if they are broken during the move. Be sure to reach out to your insurance providers to make sure you’re covered in the event of an accident and to transfer your home and automotive policies to your new address.

Keep your receipts

  • If you are moving because of work many of your expenses may be tax-deductible. Keep a folder with your receipts to keep track of them come tax season. It would save you a great deal of money.