Moving Out Checklist

Selling your home can be a huge effort, but it’s manageable with preparation and planning. Use this simple Moving Out Checklist to ensure you’ve crossed your t’s and dotted your I’s before moving day.

Address change

  • Post Office: Give forwarding address.
  • Charge accounts, credit cards.
  • Subscriptions: Notice requires several weeks.


  • Cancel any automatic payment or direct deposit arrangements.


  • Notify company of new location for coverages: life, health, fire & auto.

Utility Companies

  • Gas, electricity, water, telephone, fuel, garbage & cable TV. Get refunds on any deposits made.

Delivery Service

  • Laundry, newspaper; change-over of services.


  • Register in school.
  • Arrange for day care.

Medical, Dental and Prescription Histories

  • Ask doctor and dentist for referrals; transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays. Obtain birth records, medical records, etc.


  • Consult a vet about moving your pet.

And Don’t Forget to..

  • Empty freezer; plan use of food.
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator.
  • Have appliances serviced for moving.
  • Clean rugs and clothing before moving.
  • Clean and/or repair furniture and curtains.
  • Plan for special care needs for your infants and pets.
  • Assemble first day items—soap, toilet paper, pencils, paper, toiletries, bath towels, utility knife, scissors, trash bags,etc.
  • Obtain relocation package from real estate agent or Chamber of Commerce in your new city.
  • Arrange for storage (if needed.)
  • Find out about tax-deductible moving expenses.
  • Assemble packing materials.
  • Have car checked and serviced for the trip.
  • Pack a day or two worth of extra clothing in case of delay.

And on Moving Day..

  • Make a list of every item and box loaded onto the truck.
  • Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses.
  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself or use registered mail.
  • Carry an assortment of toys for the children (if needed).
  • Let a close friend or relative know route and schedule you will travel including overnight stops.
  • Double check closets & drawers to make sure they are empty.
  • Turn off all appliances and lock all doors.
  • All old keys needed by new owner with Realtor® or neighbor.
  • Let the movers know where you can be reached.

And at Your New Address..

  • Check off all boxes and items as they come off the truck.
  • Install new locks.
  • Check on service of gas, electricity, water, telephone, garbage and cable TV.
  • Check pilot light on stove, hot water heater and furnace.
  • Have appliances checked.
  • Ask mail carrier for mail he or she may be holding for you.
  • Apply for state driver’s license (or just address changes if needed).
  • Visit city offices and register for voting.
  • Register car within five (5) days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plates.
  • Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership.
  • Arrange for medical services: doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc