Before You Move
1.   Send your forwarding address to the local post office and send change of address to:

  • Insurance companies
  • Magazines
  • Merchants with whom you have accounts
  • Clubs to which you belong
  • Friends
  • Charge accounts, credit cards
  • Book/CD clubs
  • Catalogues
  • Draft Board
  • Veterans Administration
  • Schools and universities

2.  Transfer your Insurance:

  • Hospitalization
  • Automobile
  • Household goods & personal possessions (to ensure proper coverage enroute, as well as in your new home)

3.  Transfer Bank Accounts:

  • Have your bank recommend an affiliate in Columbia
  • Arrange for sufficient cash or travelers checks to cover the cost of moving services and expenses (cash or certified check is usually required by the transfer company)
  • Make arrangements for checking, savings, and safety deposit box

4.  Disconnect and obtain any deposits or letters of credits:

  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Telephone
  • Water
  • Cable or Satellite TV

5.  Stop service on the following:

  • Newspaper
  • Lawn
  • Garbage Collection
  • Laundry, diaper service
  • Bakery or milk deliveries
  • Other_________________

6.  Notify the principal of your children's school about your intended move. Request a letter from him covering the status of your children in school

7.  Notify your church pastor that you are leaving.

8.  Obtain birth and baptism records of your children.

9.  Obtain all medical records of shots, dental records and eyeglass prescriptions. Have drug prescriptions filled before you move to have a ready supply on hand.

10. Check with your attorney about will revisions if moving out of state, or inquire of a Columbia attorney whether any revisions are needed to comply with South Carolina law.

11.Have automobiles serviced for the trip. Service power mowers, boats, etc., and be sure to drain all gas/oil to prevent fire in the moving van.

12. Pick up personal items being processed:

  • Shoes being repaired
  • Dry cleaning and laundry
  • Off-season stored clothing

13. Confirm with your transfer company that their insurance coverage on your personal items is sufficient in value to cover a casualty.


Making the Transition Easier
Once you arrive in Columbia, you’ll need to take care of many details, such as starting utilities, changing your driver’s license, registering to vote, etc. Here are phone numbers to help you get started:

  • Newspaper: The State (803) 771-8380

  • Telephone Service:
  • Local: BellSouth (803) 780-2355 or 1-800-757-6500
    Long Distance: AT&T 1-800-222-0300
    MCI 1-800-950-5555
    Sprint 1-800-877-7746

  • Electrical Service
    SCE&G (803) 799-9000
    SCE&G (Lexington) (803) 359-6183
    Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative (803) 749-6555 or 1-888-813-9000

  • Water service:
  • City of Columbia (803) 545-3300
    Lexington County Joint Water & Sewer Commission (803) 355-8373
    Town of Lexington (803) 359-4164

  • Sewer Service
  • City of Columbia (803) 545-3300
    Palmetto Utilities (803) 699-2242

  • Cable Television
  • Time Warner Cable (803) 252-2253

  • Driver's License
  • Division of Motor Vehicles General Information (803) 896-8623

  • Voter Registration
  • Lexington County (803) 359-8361
    Richland County (803) 748-4944

Click here for tips in helping your children adjust to moving.



**information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed and subject to change