Moving Tips

Moving Tips for Tenants, Renters

This resource is by no means complete. It’s simply a reminder of things to not forget or overlook. We hope it helps with your relocation.

Notice to Vacate

  • Give existing landlord a written notice of your intention to move as required by your lease or rental agreement.

Address Changes

  • Post Office: give the forwarding address for all names.
  • Notify the bank of your new address for continuing or closing statements.
  • Notify charge accounts and credit cards of your new address.
  • Subscriptions: address changes can require several weeks notice.
  • Provide current landlord with your new address for security deposit refund.


  • Arrange for credit and banking reference.
  • Arrange for checking services at your new location.
  • Transfer funds. Keep in mind minimum balance requirements, if any, unless accounts are closed.


  • Life, health, auto, renter’s, other insurance: notify them of your new address for continuing coverage.

Utility Companies

  • Gas, water, electric, telephone, trash, cable or satellite service: notify of shut-off date and new address for closing bills and deposit refunds.
  • Arrange for utilities to be turned on at your new residence in time for your arrival.

Delivery Companies

  • Cancel or transfer laundry, newspaper, and other delivery services.

Medical, Dental, Prescription

  • Ask for referrals. Transfer prescriptions, X-rays, medical records, etc.
  • Plan for special care or travel needs of infants, elderly or others.


  • Verify the new landlord will accept your pets.
  • Plan for special care or travel needs of your pets.
  • Ask about pet licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc. at new location.
  • Pets can be poor travel companions if frightened or unhappy due to moving.


  • Donate items you don’t need or haven’t used in a year. Throw away hazardous materials carefully and legally.
  • Empty freezer. Plan for food use.
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place box of baking soda to prevent odors.
  • Have appliances serviced for moving if needed.
  • Take your current phone book with you.
  • Diagram or photograph arrangement of TV and other electronic connectors and wires.
  • Clean rugs and clothing before moving. Have them moving-wrapped.
  • If household items are being moved professionally, discuss insurance, packing and unpacking, shipping papers, estimated date and time of arrival, and arrange payment for services.
  • Do walk-through inspection with manager or landlord prior to moving. Clean items noted during inspection.

On Moving Day

  • Carry enough cash or traveler’s checks to cover travel expenses.
  • Carry valuables and important documents yourself or use a registered and insured secure carrier.
  • Let close friends or relatives know your route and schedule including overnight stops. Keep in touch.
  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves to be sure they are empty.
  • Remove all trash from old residence and leave it as clean as possible.
  • Turn in old keys and door openers to landlord or manager or leave them locked up in your old home.

At Your New Address

  • Check to see your service is working for telephone, gas, electricity, water, trash, and cable or satellite.
  • Check pilot lights on gas stove, water heater, furnace.
  • Review operation of all appliances with new landlord.
  • Introduce your pets to your new home slowly. Be sure they won’t be able to run back to the old address for the first few days.
  • Ask letter carrier for mail on hold for your arrival.
  • Have new address recorded on driver’s license.
  • Register to vote using your new address.
  • Register car within 5 days after arrival in State or a penalty may be due with new license plates.
  • Obtain car inspection sticker and transfer auto club membership to new location.
  • Apply for State driver’s license.
  • Introduce your family at your new place of worship.
  • Register children for school.
  • Arrange for medical care in advance of need for doctor, dentist, vet, etc.
  • Update emergency telephone numbers for police, fire, hospital, veterinarian.