Moving Day Checklist from Downers Grove IL Realtor

Before heading off to your new location, make sure you’ve taken care of all the details. It is easy to forget things like notifying the post office or telling your bank about your move. Enjoy this moving day checklist from experienced Downers Grove IL real estate agent Paul Titterington.

Address Change

Give forwarding address to:


Notify your company of new location; life, auto, health, fire


Arrange for check cashing in new city; transfer accounts

Utility Companies

  • Get any refunds or deposits
  • Arrange for final readings: gas, water, telephone, etc.
  • Elect: Comed: 800.334.7661;
  • Cable/Sat: Please see Individual Provider’s Website
  • Water:
  • Gas: Nicor: 888.642.6748;
  • Garbage & Recycling:


Arrange for copies of school records

Medical Histories

  • Ask for referrals, transfer prescriptions, eye glasses, x-rays, etc.
  • Obtain medical records from the healthcare professionals


Get information on tags, licenses, etc.

At Home

  • Clean out freezer
  • Defrost freezer and refrigerator(use charcoal to absorb odor)
  • Service appliances for moving
  • Make arrangements for cable TV
  • Clean clothing and rugs; have them moving-wrapped
  • Plan with your mover: insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, shipping papers, time and method of expected payment

Moving Day

  • Clearly mark boxes you will need immediately
  • Carry ample cash or traveler’s checks to cover expenses until new account is set up
  • Transport jewelry, documents and other valuables yourself or use registered mail
  • Plan for pet’s travel and arrival at new area
  • For emergency reasons, alert a close friend or relative of the route and schedule you will travel
  • Recheck closets, drawers, etc. to make sure they are empty
  • Leave keys and transmitters for new owners

At Your New Home

  • Get certified check or cashiers check for closing
  • Check on utility services
  • Have new address recorded on drivers license
  • Register children in school
  • Arrange for medical services