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After You Close Checklist

After You Close Checklist

Print this moving checklist so that you don’t miss a beat after you close.  Moving can be overwhelming, take it step by step.

Pre-Moving Checklist

  • Arrange for movers or packing materials
  • Notify your utility services at both your current and future residence
  • Research and contact service providers at your new residence (e.g. Internet, Cable, Phone)
  • Complete the change-of-address form at the post office, let the state know if you have a professional license, and alert your children’s schools
  • Start using up items that cannot be moved, such as frozen food, bleach and aerosols Begin packing items you don’t use often
  • Arrange for home insurance cancellation & a new insurance policy for your new home
  • Store important documents such as birth certificates, medical records, legal/financial papers in a safe place that will not get lost in the move
  • Donate or sell items that you do not wish to move (save the receipts for tax deductions)
  • Pack an essentials bag (in case you don’t unpack right away)
  • Measure furniture and come up with a plan on where you want everything in the new home.
  • Empty and defrost the refrigerator (dry it out and keep the door propped open so mold does not grow).
  • Clean your current living space leave it better than you found it, “Moving Karma!”
  • Give your landlord/new owner your new address in case he/ she needs to forward stray mail.


Post-Moving Checklist

  • Clean your new home
  • Change the locks to outside doors and make sure all windows lock properly
  • Check smoke detectors and replace batteries, if needed
  • Be sure that all utility services are turned on and in your name (Electric, Gas, Water, Basin and Drainage, Garbage, etc.)
  • Arrange times for cable and internet providers to come and install
  • Change your address on your bank accounts, credit cards, driver’s license, vehicle registration, voter’s registration, etc.
  • Notify your employer of your new address and new local tax ID
  • Store all of your home’s closing documents in a safe place
  • Find and store manuals for the home’s appliances and systems
  • Store important documents such as birth certificates, sales records, legal/financial papers in a safe place that will not get lost after the move
  • Meet your neighbors
  • Unpack and enjoy your new home!


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