the city of urbandale iowa welcomes you

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 coverages: life, health, fire and auto.

Utility Companies

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


  •  Laundry, newspaper, lawn care, snow removal, changeover of service.

Medical, Dental, Prescription Histories

  • Ask doctor, dentist, optometrist, chiropractor etc. 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 to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you establish new banking services.
  • Carry jewelry and important documents yourself or used registered mail.
  • Plan for transporting of pets.
  • Let close friends or relatives know route and schedule, including any overnight stops. Use them as message headquarters.
  • Final check of old residents: double-check closets, drawers and shelves to make sure they are empty.
  • Leave old keys, garage door openers, broiler pans, landscape/house plans and instruction manuals needed by new owner with the Realtor.

At your new address:

  • Obtain certified checks or cashier’s checks necessary for closing real estate transaction (check title company for details).
  • Check on service of telephone, gas, electricity, water and garbage.
  • Check pilot light for stove, water heater and furnace.
  • Have appliances checked.
  • Ask mailman for mail he may be holding for your arrival.
  • Have new address recorded on driver’s license.
  • Visit city offices and register for voting.
  • Register car within five-days after arrival in state or penalty may have to be paid when getting a new license plate.
  • Obtain inspection sticker and transfer motor club membership.
  • Apply for state driver’s license.
  • Register family in your new place of worship.
  • Register children in school.
  • Arrange for medical services: doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc.
  • Find businesses in the area such as grocery stores, banks,
  • Click HERE to find out ways to get involved in Urbandale.
  • Check with your CPA or accountant for tax deductible moving expenses.