Moving your whole life from one home to the next is challenging enough, but the logistics of packing, transporting your belongings and getting your family situated are only part of the mission. You’ve also got to establish yourself in your new city or state for a smooth transition.
We’ve compiled a list of must-do tasks to make it easy-peasy.
Take care of utilities
Be sure to set appropriate cancel dates with your current utility accounts and either transfer or order new services for your soon-to-be home. If you contract with a security alarm service, find out if you need to take equipment with you or if upgraded items will be provided. Don’t forget about internet and cable, as well. Schedule a service appointment for during or after move-in day so that you aren’t waiting weeks to get connected.
Change of address
File a change of address notification with the USPS to have your mail forwarded. Do you receive important mail like paychecks or tax documents from businesses or individuals? Make sure you alert them of your new address so that you receive your mail in a timely manner. You should also notify the IRS unless you’re just about to file your returns and have all your forms in hand. Change your billing info on your credit cards, with your banks and for any online ordering systems you use, as well. (Here’s a complete list of who to notify of your change of address.)
Cancel or change subscriptions
Cancel your local newspaper subscription if you get one, and remember to change your address on any regular subscription boxes you receive, like meal kits, wine clubs or clothing or grooming packs.
Arrange pet info
Research reputable vets in your new community and ask your current vet to forward records. Schedule an appointment with the new vet within 30 days of your move to get Sparky his local vaccination tags. Update address info on your pet’s microchip and on any mail-order heartworm tabs, flea and tick meds or other prescriptions. (Check out our additional tips for moving with a furry family member.)
Research schools and childcare
If you’ve got little ones who need childcare, research daycares or nannies ahead of time. You may find it helpful to be established somewhere so you can drop kids off to play and keep them out of harm’s way during move-in day. If you’ve got school-age kids, find out what records the prospective school needs in advance so you don’t have any surprises or holdups when you arrive.
Before your move, find your nearest in-network pharmacy and transfer any prescription meds there. Check refill expiration dates and ask your current doc to renew any prescriptions on which you’re running low. Download any pharmacy apps right away for a seamless refill process.
Get set up with healthcare providers
Find a “health home” for your family. Within a few weeks of your move, get everyone scheduled for a visit with a primary care provider in your community. If you’re an established patient, you’ll have easier access to appointments and referrals when the need crops up.
Driver’s license transfer and vehicle registration
If you’re moving out of state, you’ll need to head to the DMV to transfer your driver’s license. You’ll also need to register any vehicles and get the appropriate plates. Most states allow 30 days for compliance once you arrive. In many cases, you can change your address online for an in-state move.
Register to vote
If you have to go to the DMV, you should also take the opportunity to register to vote in your new district. Otherwise, be sure to register at a specified location before your state’s voter-registration deadline prior to an upcoming election.
If you need to make updates to your property or renters insurance, your Farm Bureau agent can help you make updates and answers any questions.