Successful Moving

Before the Movers arrive:

  • Start planning your move at least 4-6 weeks in advance.
  • Start your packing 2-3 weeks prior to your move date. It is easier to pack a few boxes every day than have to pack an entire house in one day! (However, we do offer a packing service and packing material for the do-it-yourself move. See our “Local” move page.).
  • Make sure you pack in good quality boxes that close or with tops. (No plastic bags please!).
  • Try to have all packing completed and ready to move.
  • Extra care should be taken with fine china. For a local move you may consider moving these items in your vehicle.
  • Mark each box with the contents and/or the room it belongs in to make the unload quicker.
  • Empty and defrost the refrigerator or freezer (if they are being moved).
  • As a time saver, have all appliances disconnected and beds disassembled (although we will be happy to do this for you).
  • Customers should carry all jewelry and important documents themselves.
  • A time saver on local moves is to move smaller more fragile items (i.e. lamps, pictures, mirrors, wall hangings, electronics) yourself.
  • Clothing can remain in dresser drawers, but remember to take out any valuables or breakables.
  • Keep your phone service on until after the move.
  • Carry travelers checks for quick, easy funds especially on long distance moves.
  • Send Change of Address to:

    • Post Office: Give forwarding address
    • Charge Accounts and Credit Cards
    • Subscriptions: Notices require several weeks to change your address
    • Friends & Relatives
    • Contacts to Make Before You Move:

      • Your Bank – Transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city or at new address.
      • Insurance Agent – Notify of new location for coverage (Life, Automobile, Health, Renters).
      • Utility Companies – Gas, Electric, Water, Telephone. Get refunds for any deposits made, arrange for service at new address.
      • Schools – Ask for copies of transcripts for new school registration.
      • Doctors, Dentists, etc – Contact your doctors and dentists for copies of medical records or have records sent to new location.
      • Church, Clubs or Civic Organizations – Transfer membership, get letters of introduction.
      • At your new location:

        • Automobile Registrations – Transfer of car title registration (if necessary), address on Drivers License, City or County tax stickers.
        • Pets – Ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.