Hilton Head Island, SC Relocation Information - Moving Checklist


Address Change:

  • Give forwarding address to Post Office four to six weeks before moving     
  • Charge accounts, credit cards
  • Subscriptions: Notice required six to eight weeks
  • Friends and relatives

Bank:

  • Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city if necessary                            
  • Arrange credit references

Insurance:

  • Notify company of new location for coverage: life, health, fire and auto.

Utility Companies:

  • Gas, light, water, fuel, garbage.
  • Get refunds on any deposits made.
  • Return cable boxes if necessary.

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories:

  • Ask doctor or dentist for referrals.
  • Transfer needed for prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays.
  • Obtain birth records, medical records, etc.

Pets:

  • Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.

Don't Forget To:

  • Empty freezer, plan use of foods
  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator. Place charcoal to dispel odors
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Clean rugs and/or clothing before moving; have them wrapped
  • Check with your moving counselor/company - insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment
  • Plan for special care needs of infant or pets
  • Check with Agriculture Department of new area to see if they have restrictions on plants

On Moving Day:

  • Carry enough cash or traveler's checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you establish new banking services
  • Carry jewelry and important documents yourself or use registered mail
  • Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy
  • Let close friends or relatives know route and schedule you will travel, including any overnight stops. Use them as message headquarters
  • Final check of old residence: double-check closets, drawers and shelves to be sure they are empty
  • Leave old keys, garage door openers, broiler pans, landscape/house plans and instruction manuals needed by new owner with your agent.

At Your New Address:

  • Obtain certified checks or cashier's checks necessary for closing real estate transaction (check title company for details

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