Moving In On Hilton Head Island

Moving is probably the worst part of the whole process. The only good part about it is, that you are moving into your new home. This section outlines ways to make this last part of the procedure a little bit easier.

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


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


  • 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.


  • 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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