Moving Guide

Moving can cause plenty of stress and anxiety. This guide lists hints and strategies to help you get through the process smoothly. Organization goes a long way to making sure everything goes as planned.

Planning your move:

Several weeks before your move:

  • Go through your possessions and decide what items you will be taking to your new home. Items build up over a period of years. You may be surprised at the amount of "stuff" you've accumulated!
  • Decide what you can part with and plan a garage sale at least two weeks prior to moving. For even better results, encourage your neighbors to have garage sales at their homes on the same day. Alternatively, donate the items to charities. The rest goes into the trash.
  • If you plan on packing some or all items yourself, begin collecting moving supplies. Boxes, packing paper, and tape are all necessities for securing your valuable breakables.
  • Begin planning where your items will go at the new home. This will be valuable when deciding which items to pack together for transit.
  • If possible, become familiar with your new neighborhood ahead of the move. Knowing something as simple as locations of the nearest grocery stores can greatly reduce anxiety when you move into your new home.
  • Make arrangements for your family's travel. Will you need to stay in a hotel for a week while the moving company brings your possessions? You'll need to pack clothes and personal items for the week while everything else is packed.
  • Consider moving your most valuable items yourself. Almost always, you will be a better custodian of your most prized possessions. This includes important records, documents, banking items, valuables and jewelry.
  • Decide how your vehicles will travel from the old house to new and make the appropriate arrangements if they need to be professionally transported.
  • Research restrictions on the moving of firearms and other dangerous materials. Will these items be allowed at the new home? If not, sell or dispose of them.
  • When possible, call the utility companies at the new home and see if you can arrange to have everything on and functioning before your move in.

One month before the move:

Contact the post office and fill out your change of address documents. Fill out the last day you will be able to accept mail at the old address, as well as the new address the mail will be forwarded to. We also recommend personally contacting the following groups personally to tell about the change of address:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Utility companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • Creditors
  • Family Doctors office
  • Schools
  • All Subscription services

Make arrangements for your pets to be transported. Make sure they have any documents needed by the new State/Country they will soon live in.

Close to moving time:

  • Transfer your prescriptions to your new pharmacy.
  • Arrange a date to have all utilities disconnected and notify each service by phone.
  • Mark items you are moving yourself so movers know what to leave unpacked.
  • Organize your items for the moving company, for ease of unpacking at the new home.

Moving Companies

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Day before move out, and move out day:
  • Unplug and defrost your refrigerator.
  • Remove your valuables before the moving company arrives for packing.
  • Make a final inventory of your items.
  • Be present while packing occurs and get the driver's name and schedule.
  • Secure all windows and doors.
Moving in Day:
  • If possible, have all home repairs completed before moving in.
  • Arrive before the movers and clean wherever needed.
  • Be present when the movers arrive. Direct the placement of all items into your ne home.
  • Complete an inventory of your items as delivered by the moving company.
  • Be sure to have payment ready for the movers at the end of their process.