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Moving Tips

Moving is hard work and stressful. We are here to help. Here are some tips to help you get prepared for your moving day. The more prepared you are, the less stressful your next move will be. We hope these tips help you in your move.

Six Weeks Before Moving:

  • Make an inventory of everything to be moved.  Photos are a good idea
  • Collect everything not to be moved for garage sale or charity.
  • Contact charity for date and time of pickup – save receipts for tax records
  • Contact a quality self storage project near your destination to reserve a unit
  • Put together a moving kit with markers, labels, change of address forms, etc.
  • Get cartons and packing material to start packing now
  • Contract with a local mover to load your heaviest items
  • Be sure to identify each box.  Specially label those are are going to your storage unit
  • Contact insurance agent to transfer or cancel coverage
  • Check with employer to find out what moving expenses they will pay

Four Weeks Before Moving:

  • Notify all magazines of change of address
  • Check with veterinarian for pet records and immunizations
  • Contact utility companies for refunds of deposits, set turn off dates
  • Dry clean clothes to be moved, pack in protective wrappers
  • Collect everything you have loaned out, return everything you have borrowed
  • Service power mowers, boats, snowmobiles, etc., that are to be moved – drain all gas and oil to prevent fire in moving van
  • Check with doctors and dentist for all family record and prescriptions
  • Get children’s school records
  • Check freezer and plan use of food over next two to three weeks
  • Remove all jewelry and other valuables to a safe deposit box or other safe place to prevent loss during move
  • Give away or arrange for transportation of houseplants (most moving companies will not move plants, especially in winter) – Plants can also be sold at garage sales, or are perfect gifts for neighbors

One Week Before Moving:

  • Transfer or close checking and savings accounts.
  • Arrange for cashier’s check or money order to pay moving company upon arrival at new residence
  • Have automobile serviced if driving long distance
  • Fill out Post Office change of address forms, give to postmaster
  • Check an make inventory of all furniture and other large items. 
  • Specially label items going to your storage unit
  • Dispose of all combustible and spray cans (spray cans can explode or burn – Don’t pack them)
  • Pack a separate carton of cleaning utensils and tools (screwdriver, hammer, etc.). Make this a part of your moving kit.
  • Separate cartons and luggage you need for personal family travel
  • Mark all boxes that you pack with the room they will be going to at your new residence
  • Organize at least one room in the house for packers and movers to work freely
  • Cancel all newspapers, garden service, etc.
  • Review the entire list to make list to make certain that you haven’t overlooked anything
  • Check and double check everything you have done before it’s to late

Moving Day:

  • Plan to spend the entire day at the house. Last minute decisions must be made by you – Don’t leave until after everything’s loaded
  • Hire a baby-sitter or send the children to a friend’s house for the day
  • Verify your inventory while loading is underway
  • Tell everyone about fragile or precious items
  • Make a final check off for the entire house, basement, closets, shelves, attic, garage and other rooms
  • Keep your inventory records with you to help with unpacking and to clearly identify what’s still in storage