Moving Tips and Checklist


Over the years we’ve managed to pick up a few tricks of the trade. Whether we are helping with your move or not, dig into our cache of moving tips.

They make moving easy — easy moves make people happy.

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 Tape boxes on top and bottom.
 Clearly label all of your boxes according to their content and handling instructions (e.g.: “Fragile,” “Top Load Only”). You can also categorize the boxes by room using color-coordinated sticker dots.

 Towels and linens make excellent packing materials for fragile items.

 Use closet space to store packed boxes.

 If you are moving into storage, arrange your storage unit in advance. If you have antiques, you may want to reserve a climate controlled storage unit.

 If you are renting a truck, do it as early as possible. Don’t forget to rent plenty of moving blankets! (About 2 blankets per item.)

 Cloth items can be left in drawers.

 Bundle garden tools, fishing poles and the like together.

 When packing breakables use a lot of newsprint, bubble wrap, and other packing materials. There’s no such thing as being too cautious when it comes to your fragile valuables.

 Use linens or blankets for wrapping mirrors, pictures and such.

 Stage coolers on top of the fridge/freezer for when they have to be emptied on moving day.

 Always move cash, jewelry, and other precious items yourself.

 Empty lateral file cabinets.

 Movers should not move any flammable materials such as gas, propane, ammo, etc.

 Pack a box of cleaning supplies and keep it under the sink so it’s not misplaced on moving day.

 Be careful not to schedule any important engagements on the evening or day of the move.

 In an apartment situation, save space for the moving van by blocking a parking spot with your car overnight.

 Pack things you will need right away (clothes, toiletries, phone, keys, current bills, important papers, et cetera) and move these yourself.

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Moving Checklist:

Whenever you are preparing a move:

 Get rid of anything you aren't bringing with you and haven’t used in long time

 Find out where to dispose of household chemicals like old paint

 Make a list of everything you're bringing to your new home

 Find out the replacement value of all belongings, for insurance purposes

 Fill out a change of address form. Notify friends, family and others of your new address

 Fill out an IRS change of address form

 Get copies of your medical and dental records, if necessary

 Get copies of veterinary records, if necessary

 Notify your kids' schools and have their records transferred to their new schools

 Return any cable equipment and schedule disconnection dates

8 to 14 days before your move

 Return library books or any other borrowed items.

 Collect all the items you may have loaned out.

 Make arrangements to disconnect gas, electric and other utilities.

 Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new place.

 Arrange to have major appliances prepped for the move.

2 to 7 days before you move

 Get rid of all flammables.

 Figure out what you're bringing with you in the car.

 Arrange for removal of "installed items" you're bringing with you, like a TV antenna or shelves.

 Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries you'll need the first day in your new home.

 Pack a special box with other essentials you'll need for the first few days. (Make sure to mark this box "Do Not Move").

The day before moving day

 Take down curtains and curtain rods.

 Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator. Make sure it has at least 24 hours to air dry.

 Clean and air your stove and other electrics

 Plan your breakfast. Get some paper plates. Eating something on the road is better.

 Pack your personal belongings except your alarm clock.

 Go to sleep early you'll be glad to be fresh on moving day.

Moving Day

 Collect all keys to locking items. Put them in a safe place.

 Make sure you're at home when the movers arrive.

 Make sure everything is ready for the move.

 Make sure the driver has the correct delivery address and phone numbers.

 Confirm the earliest possible delivery date with the foreman.

 Before you leave, do a final walk through of every room. Check all closets and cabinets. Say good bye!

If you have any questions, please call us at 830-456-2571.

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