After You Move

During the First Week After Moving...

  1. Locate your local Post Office.
  2. Mail that has been forwarded from your old address via our computerized forwarding system will have a yellow address label on it. Notify the sender of your new address.
  3. Locate police and fire stations as well as hospitals and gas stations near your home.
  4. Scout your new neighborhood for shopping areas. You may need furniture, tools, or housewares unexpectedly. Also look at the discounts offered in this booklet. They may help you save money on items and services for your new home.
  5. Call the Department of Sanitation in your new town to find out which day the trash is collected. Also ask whether your new community has recycling programs.
  6. Seek out new service providers such as a bank, cleaners, veterinarian.
  7. Register to vote. Call your local board of elections for specific registration information. Ask them how to notify your previous voting district of your change of address.
  8. If you have moved into a different state, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to exchange your driver's license. Call your Chamber of Commerce for helpful information on:
    • Schools
    • Cable service
    • Cultural events and community activities
    • Libraries and parks
    • Availability of emergency calling services, such as 911
  9. Provide your new doctor and dentist with your medical history. You may need to request your file from your previous doctor/dentist.
  10. Transfer insurance policies to an agent in your new community. You may also wish to make a detailed list of your belongings, their value, and your coverage.
  11. Give your new home a good cleaning.
  12. Moving can be stressful. Watch for effects on family members and pets so you can give comfort and a helping hand.