Countdown to Moving Tips

Thirty Days Before:

  • Determine what you are going to move and start getting rid of everything else.
  • Decide what you are going to pack yourself and what the movers will pack. Themover is not responsible for breakage of items you pack. Obtain packing cartons from the mover.
  • Notify the post office of your new address. Fill out change of address cards.
  • Gather medical and dental records for all family members.
  • Notify schools and arrange to have transcripts and records forwarded to the new schools.
  • Close local charge accounts.
  • Start a possessions inventory.
  • Create a file for documenting all moving papers and receipts.

Two Weeks Before:

  • Start packing. Do a little at a time. Don't try to do it all in a day or two. Use plastic bags to hold small and important parts.
  • Return borrowed items and reclaim items borrowed from you.
  • Arrange disconnect/connect dates with local utilities.
  • Develop a floor plan to show the movers where you want your belongings placed in your new home.

One Week Before:

  • Dispose of all flammable materials. Dismantle outdoor play or gym equipment.
  • Transfer bank accounts and contents of safe deposit box.
  • Pack items you want to move yourself and mark "Do Not Move."

One Day Before:

  • Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer; let the appliances air out for 24 hours.
  • Finish packing personal items.
  • Get a good night's sleep.

Moving Day:

  • Strip beds.
  • Be present to answer movers' questions.
  • Accompany movers through the house for an inventory of things to be moved.
  • Confirm destination address with van operator. Also confirm time and date of
  • Program the dispatcher's name and number into your cell phone.
  • If home will be vacant for extended period, turn off water valves & gas valves to furnace, water heater & appliances.
  • Close all windows and turn out all lights.
  • Lock all doors.
  • Look forward to enjoying your new home!