Moving Guide

6-8 Weeks

This is a great time to begin the details of your move.

  • Lists

    Separate lists by items you plan on moving to your new home or to storage. Will they be handled by the movers or yourself?

  • Donations

    Give away items that you do not need. Consider a garage sale if you have time.

  • Moving company

    Get estimates and discuss costs, packing, timing and other necessary details.

  • Expense

    Maintain a file with important information and receipts since moving expenses are deductable.

  • Community

    Research about the community from the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor's Bureau.

  • Insurance

    Transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance through your insurance agent.

  • Important Information

    Place all of your medical records, prescriptions, vaccination and pet records in a safe place.

4-5 Weeks

Be sure to notify your service providers of your move.

  • Packaging Materials

    Buy packing boxes and materials. Available at all of our storage facilities.

  • Change of Address

    Contact the post office, and complete a US postal change of address form.

  • Children

    Register your child(ren) in their new schools.

  • Utilities

    Notify your service providers of your move. Call ahead and arrange to have utilities disconnected and connected to your new home.

  • Pets

    Find out if there are any specific requirements for pet ownership; and obtain the veterinarian records. Arrange for moving day pet care.

2-4 Weeks

Determine your game plan.

  • Babysitter

    Arrange for a babysitter on moving day if you have young kids.

  • Plants

    Some state laws do not allow moving house plants. Consider giving them to friends or a local charity.

  • Travel

    If traveling by car, you may want to get it serviced prior to your moving day departure.

  • Packing

    Start cleaning, sorting and packing. If renting a storage unit, label the boxes and drop off what you currently don't need.

  • Don't Forget

    Clear out anything in basements, attics, closets and safety deposit boxes. Also, collect loaned items to friends.

  • Disassemble

    Take a photo of how your electronics are connected. Back up computer files and disassemble large items.

  • Hazardous Items

    Dispose of flammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items.

1 Week

Last minute details.

  • Labels

    To ensure the safety of your items, label your boxes 'Fragile', 'Load First', 'Load Last' and 'Do Not Load'.

  • Movers

    Make sure the moving company has the correct address and a phone number to get in touch with you until you reach your new home.

  • Clean

    Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least one day before moving.

  • Essentials

    Pack a separate bag/box with the essentials you need immediately upon arrival. Carry traveler's checks or cash for quick payments.

Moving Day

  • Loading Process

    Be present, thoroughly inspect the premises and see to it that nothing is left behind.

  • Lock Up

    Turn off all the switches and lock all of the windows and doors.

  • Movers

    There must be someone to direct the movers. The driver must have your name and phone number. Remember to get the driver's contact info as well.

  • Be Patient

    If you reach your new home before your mover, sign the bill of lading and make sure your new address and phone number are correct.

  • Unloading

    Make sure there are no missing or damaged items using your inventory list. Plan out the placement of major items in your home.

  • New State

    You will need to renew your driver's license and other legal papers. Locate hospitals, police stations and fire stations near your new home.

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