Before you leave your present address:
- Reading of: gas meter – electric meter – water meter.
- Cancel: telephone- milk delivery – diaper service – newspaper delivery.
- Have your refrigerator and other appliances serviced for the trip.
- Write the utility company in the city to which you are moving. Ask them about necessary fees for deposits required for the installation of services.
- Remit the utility deposits required, with information when and where you will want the following services: gas, water, electric, and telephone.
- Send your forwarding address to your local post office and send change of address cards to magazines, insurance companies, friends and stores.
- Transfer your fire insurance on household goods or other insurance on personal possessions, so that they will be covered at your new home and enroute.
- Notify the principal of your children’s school about your intended move. Get a letter from him covering the status of your children in school.
- Notify the Pastor of your church that you are leaving.
- Obtain birth records and baptism records of all the children.
- Get medical records of shots, eyeglass prescriptions, etc.
- If the car or other procession are not fully paid for, get permission to move them.
- Have your present bank arrange credit references for establishing new accounts in the city to which you are moving.
- Arrange for sufficient cash or traveler’s checks to cover the cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in the city t which you are moving. Transfer companies generally require cash or certified checks.
- Leave the keys to your old property with the Realtor or neighbor.
At your new address:
- Obtain certified checks or cashiers check necessary for closing the real estate transaction.
- Check on the services of telephone – gas – electricity, water.
- Have your stove serviced – check the pilot light.
- Check the pilot light on the hot water heater, incinerator, and furnace.
- Ask the mailman for mail he may be holding for your arrival.
- Have your new address recorded on your driver’s license.
- Visit city offices and register for voting.
- Register your car within five (5) days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to paid when getting new license plates.
- Register your family in your new place of worship.
- Register your children in school.
NOTE: Article reprinted with permission of GUIDELIGHT PUBLICATIONS, PO Box 1986, Gallatin, TX 37066. All rights reserved.