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Moving Checklist: 13 Things You Need to Do

Looking for a moving checklist? You’ve come to the right place! Let’s jump right in to the 13 things you should do when moving.

It’s no secret that a moving checklist can help you stay organized and on top of all of the various moving parts (pun intended). That’s exactly why we put a moving checklist pdf together!

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You can find it at the end of this article. While we believe that you can call any state home, we invite you to check out everything that Idaho has to offer by downloading this free relocation magazine. Let’s get started on making the move to your new home a success!

Moving Checklist [Change of Address]

Here’s who you’re going to want to change your address with at a glance!

  • The post office
  • Phone, cable and internet providers
  • Your employer
  • Social Security Administration
  • Tax agencies
  • Business associates
  • Gas and electric
  • Individual service providers
  • Insurance providers
  • Your bank and other financial agencies
  • Loan providers
  • Friends and family
  • Magazines and subscription services

Moving Checklist Item#1:  Changing Your Address With the Post Office

When you’re moving to a new house whether the move is out of state or a local move, we know you’re just chomping at the bit to get your bills! This is probably one of the most important, if not, the most important address changes you will make. If the post office has your new address, then any of the other businesses or services listed above should be able to find you (for better or for worse). Setting up mail forwarding with USPS is very simple, in fact, you can even do it online now. Once you get your change of address completed and your mail forwarded with the Post Office, it should be safe to move on to the others in the list!

Item#2: Phone, Cable, and Internet Providers

Do you need to terminate any of these services? Most likely, if you are just making a local move you won’t have to and can simply change your address. However, if you are moving out of state, you’re going to want to do some research. We actually recommend calling your local real estate agent and asking them a few things.

  • Which internet providers service the area and their recommendation.
  • Which phone service provider do they use and how the cell service is
  • If you use a dish to watch TV you’re going to want to see if that same service is provided in the area that you are moving to

Moving Checklist Item#3: Your Employer

While we always recommend providing two weeks notice of a change in employment, we understand that this isn’t always possible. In fact, you might be in a work environment where the same courtesy wouldn’t be given to you as an employee.

If your duties are able to be completed remotely and you actually enjoy your job, it might be worth seeing if staying on and working from home is an option.

Regardless of how or when, you will want to provide notice of an address change to your employer just in case there is a last pay period check that they need to send to you. In Treasure Valley Aaron’s case a previous employer was part of a lawsuit where overtime pay amounts were not properly distributed to employees. He was cut a check for over $200 which would have been delayed had he not notified his previous employer of his address change.

Item#4: Social Security Administration

You worked enough years to earn those checks! Don’t let a silly change of address prevent you from receiving your well deserved money. You can do this online or by calling (800) 772-1213.

Moving Checklist Item#5: Tax Agencies

Whether or not you update your address with the IRS, odds are, they will find you. The Post Office is especially good at sharing your information with them! Do yourself a favor and don’t forget to update your address – especially if moving during tax season! Uncle Sam is really good at getting his money (and then some).

Item#6: Business Associates

You can’t forget to add your network to your list of people to share your new address with! This item on the moving checklist is essential! It goes along with the old saying that your network is your net worth. Make sure you call any vendors that you have been working with to deliver supplies to your business. You don’t want to supply the new occupants with paper for a year!

Moving Checklist Item#7: Utilities

Make sure you cancel ALL of your utilities! Forgetting this, could mean you end up paying your new tenant’s cost of living. We’ve made it very easy for you to remember which utilities to cancel and which ones to schedule (as well as who to call to get new services) in this Moving Checklist [Utilities]. It’s a checklist within a checklist! While these services are specific to Idaho, it will still be helpful no matter where you are moving to.

Item#8: Individual Service Providers

We’ll be honest. Listing out all of the services that could be captured under the title Individual Service Provider would be next to impossible – but here’s some examples.

  • Lawn Services
  • Educational Services (tutoring, college, etc)
  • Pest Control Services
  • Dog Training Services
  • Water Delivery Services

As mentioned above, this short list of Individual Service Providers doesn’t even scratch the surface. We recommend doing a bank statement review of all transactions to see if there is anything you might be missing as far as needing to cancel and schedule.

Moving Checklist Item#9: Insurance Providers

In this case, updating your insurance might actually have the potential to save you money! If you are moving from California to Idaho, many people have experienced a decrease in their monthly premium. The same wouldn’t apply to your home loan as you can’t exactly pack it up and move it with you. Be sure to look into your health insurance as well! Odds are, if you’re moving to a new area, you might need to change providers.

Item#10: Banks and Other Financial Services

Notifying your bank is crucial. The last thing you want is an order of checks sent to your old address after you have since moved. Additionally, if you’ve ever traveled to a different area (state, country, and in some cases, a different city) and tried to use your credit or debit card, you might have found it was declined. Sharing your plans to move or travel will save you a lot of headache down the road.

Moving Checklist Item#11: Loan Providers

Like the government – they’ll find you. You might have a student or auto loan. Whatever type of loan you have, make sure you tell the lender your address has changed.

Item#12: Friends and Family

If you don’t want to share your new address with your family we don’t blame you! Sometimes you just need to get away. It could be the makings of a fun prank. Or not. We can’t tell you that you should do this, so please, do what you feel is best!

Moving Checklist Item#13: Subscription Services

We all know that you like your monthly edition of Dr. Oz! Who doesn’t? If you want to make sure that you still receive your highly informative reading material you’re going to want to make sure that the publisher has your new address!

The same applies to Amazon or any other online retailer that you might use.

In Closing

We hope that this article will help make your move to your new home all the more enjoyable. Moving can be quite the process and extremely stressful. Knowing what to do and when to do it is very helpful. Which reminds us, we promised you a move in checklist pdf! Click here to get it instantly (no email required!).

Since you have moving on your mind, if you think Idaho might be the place for you, give us a call, text or email. We’d love to help you with the relocation to Idaho! In fact, we wrote a whole guide about it download it now!


Thanks for reading!


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