6 Things To Do When Moving: A Checklist of Must-Do Items

Are you moving to a new state? It’s an exciting time, but it’s one that can be overwhelming. Check out this list of the initial things to do when moving. By following these points, you set the foundation for a smooth, happy transition to your new home.

There are plenty of things to do when moving — especially if you’re trekking across state lines. But before you meet your neighbors and get settled in your new community, there are some important tasks to tackle. Here’s a rundown of the initial things for your checklist once you arrive at your new DFW home.

1. Connect Your Utilities

No matter how lovely your new home is, your first days living there will be a letdown if you have to go without electricity, water, or gas when you move in. Before you move, get your utilities set up (it can sometimes take a while to get them activated) and be sure to disconnect the utilities in the home you’re leaving.

2. Get a New Driver’s License

Your new out-of-state residence calls for a new driver’s license. You typically have 30 days to update your license, but it varies by state. Nobody likes a trip to the DMV, but this is one of the most critical things to do when moving.

3. Set Up TV and Internet

Once you resurface from unloading boxes, you’ll want to get connected to the outside world again. Research cable and internet providers in your new state, and set up appointments as soon as possible. It’s tough to go without Internet for long, and it’s nice to kick up your feet and watch TV after a long day of unpacking.

4. Make Sure You’re Insured

Amid all the hustle and bustle of moving to a new state, insurance often gets overlooked. Make sure your insurance policy covers your new address, and while you’re at it, look into whether your policy covers your move. Scratches, breaks, and other damage to your belongings can happen — even with experienced movers.

5. Research New Healthcare Professionals

You don’t want to be without a doctor for long. You never know when an emergency will strike. Also look into finding a new dentist, veterinarian, and any other health professionals you and your family may need.

6. Scope Out the Neighborhood

As an out-of-towner, you probably don’t know much about your new community. Take some time to explore your new neck of the woods. Familiarize yourself with the roads and locate important places like restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacies.

Real Simple suggests printing a checklist of things to do when moving and keeping everything organized in a binder dedicated to your move. Think of moving to a new state as a great adventure. Get it started on the right foot by taking care of these important tasks.

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Audrey Sellers is an award-winning, Dallas-based writer and editor with a background in marketing and promotions. She’s a former magazine editor turned blogger who’s a pro at crafting all kinds of engaging content: blog posts, case studies, feature stories, social media content, and more. When her fingers aren’t flying on her laptop, she’s busy not relaxing with her husband and two young kids.

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  1. JD Carton
    February 2, 2015

    Great article. Another tip: Remember to update your accounts with your new address – such as your credit cards, subscriptions, post office, attorney, government offices, etc.

    As for a mover – If you’re in the Tristate area, call JD Carton & Son for a free estimate. We handle moves from NY, NJ, PA to anywhere in the nation – 973-781-1600.

  2. Alana Frank
    April 22, 2015

    Love these advices! i am going to move to another town next month and I am excited and worried at the same time. Hope that I will be able to pack my stuff easily! Wish me luck!

    Alana Frank


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