Moving Tips

Whenever you are preparing a move:

Get rid of anything you aren’t bringing with you and haven’t used in long time
Find out where to dispose of household chemicals like old paint
Make a list of everything you’re bringing to your new home
Find out the replacement value of all belongings, for insurance purposes
Fill out a change of address form.Notify friends, family and others of your new address
Fill out an IRS change of address form
Get copies of your medical and dental records, if necessary
Get copies of veterinary records, if necessary
If you’re moving out of state, find out about auto licensing and insurance
If you’re moving in-state, find out where and how to change your address on your driver’s license
Notify your kids’ schools and have their records transferred to their new schools
Return any cable equipment and schedule disconnection dates
Make hotel and airline reservations if you need them
8 to 14 days before your move

Return library books or any other borrowed items.
Collect all the items you may have loaned out.
Make arrangements to disconnect gas, electric and other utilities.
Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new place.
Arrange to have major appliances prepped for the move.
2 to 7 days before you move

Get rid of all flammables.
Figure out what you’re bringing with you in the car or plane.
Arrange for removal of “installed items” you’re bringing with you, like a TV antenna or shelves.
Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries you’ll need the first day in your new home.
Pack a special box with other essentials you’ll need for the first few days. (Make sure to mark this box “Do Not Move”).
The day before moving day

Take down curtains and curtain rods.
Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator. Make sure it has at least 24 hours to air dry.
Clean and air your stove and other electrics
Plan your breakfast. Get some paper plates. Eating something on the road is better.
Pack your personal belongings except your alarm clock.
Go to sleep early you’ll be glad to be fresh on moving day.
Moving Day

Collect all keys to locking items. Put them in a safe place.
Strip the beds but leave them intact. We will dismantle them.
Make sure you’re at home when the movers arrive, so you can sign an inventory.
Walk around with the foreman of the crew while he does the inventory.
Make sure everything is ready for the move.
Keep your signed bill of lading and inventory in an easily accessible place.
Make sure the driver has the correct delivery address and phone numbers.
Confirm the earliest possible deli very date with the foreman.
Before you leave, do a final walk through of every room. Check all closets and cabinets. Say good bye!