Moving to a new location Checklist

  1. New Home
  2. Packing
  3. Physically moving your stuff
  4. A list of people and companies that need to know you’ve moved
  5. Other

New Home

  • When looking at houses or apartments visit at various times over several days to judge traffic and noise.
  • When buying a home make sure your offer is contingent on a home inspection, getting things fixed that you want, changes to be made, etc.


  • Ask for boxes at liquor, office supply, grocery, and furniture stores.
  • Separately pack a full week’s worth of clothing and supplies for each family member. When you get to your new place you won’t be scrambling from box to box to find your underwear and toothpaste.
  • Photograph and document all of your belongings before you move in case you need to file an insurance claim with your movers.


  • Make sure you can move it all in one trip to save on gas and rental (or moving company) charges. Slim down your belongings through donations, garage sales.
  • Before you pack everything up ask your insurance company if your belongings will be covered in event of an accident. If not, acquire coverage through the rental agency or elsewhere.
  • Put your daily living essentials such as kitchen utensils and toiletries on the truck last. You don’t want to be climbing over all your furniture to get to the toilet paper.

People or Companies that need to know you moved

  • Present and future post offices
  • Banks
  • Credit card companies
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Electric and gas utilities
  • Federal, state, and local government benefit programs
  • Communications providers (cell phones and home internet)
  • Insurance companies (car, life, disability, homeowners, renters)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Schools
  • Water and sewer company


  • Prior to moving collect your friends’ and colleagues’ contact information. Send out a mass message with your new contact information.
  • If you or your spouse are leaving a job make sure to rollover your retirement accounts tied to that job. Plan well in advance and get all the forms you’ll need from human resources while you still live in the same city. It will be easier to deal with any hiccups while you still live there rather than hundreds of miles away.
  • Downsize what you can before moving. The less you take with you the less you have to set up in a new residence.
  • Moving can be very hard on pets. Take special care and plan for their needs. Pack extra water, food, and toys.
  • Pay up current bills and or utilities, so that you do not owe any money.

Checkout our Relocating page to see recommendations to local places.