Moving Tips

Our goal is to help you make the moving experience as easy and stress-free as possible. So, in addition to all the other services we provide, we would like to offer a few suggestions and tips; things to remember along the way. Moving can be very stressful, but with some planning, it can be easy!

When preparing for a move, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Keep your sanity during your move with these essential moving tips! Maybe even take inventory as you go.

 

 

  1. Research & Hire
    It’s a good idea to hire a mover 6 weeks in advance. Make sure you research the company and meet with them before the big move. This way you know your precious things will be in good hands and that a quality company will be hired with good reviews.
  2. Change of Address
    Visit your local post office to fill out a “change of address” form or visit the USPS website. Once you load the home page you will click on the left hand tab that says Quick Tabs. Look at the bottom of the list and click on the change of address tab. Then submit a form electronically. You will need to do this change 2-3 weeks prior to your move.
  3. Utility Services
    Schedule a day for the utility company to come turn on your electricity for your new house a few days before you arrive and turn off your electricity in your old home the day after you move. This will need to be setup at least 2 weeks in advance.
  4. Home Locks
    Arrange to have new locks the day you move in! We wouldn’t want to have an accidental visitor now do we? Make sure to call a locksmith.
  5. Records Transferred
    Have your medical records (doctors, dentists, etc.) and school records (report cards, health records, birth certificates, social security cards, etc.) if you have any kids transferred to the new school and appropriate medical offices.
  6. Cleaning Company
    Hire a cleaning company to come in to do a deep clean of the house and carpets a day or two before the move-in date. You don’t want to move to a house that’s already dirty!
  7. Bills
    Edit your addresses for your online and paper bills. Contact creditors and financial institutions to notify them as well.
  8. Service Installation
    Research cable, Internet and phone providers in the new area. Once you decide on the companies you want to use set up those appointments for service installation because we all know we can’t go without Internet!
  9. Bank Checks
    Preorder new checks with your change of address you can pay those bills on time. Withdrawal some cash for those unexpected expenses during the move. If you’re moving out of town you need set up a new bank if yours is regional.
  10. Pharmacy Prescriptions
    A week before, make sure you fill and transfer medications.
  11. Technology
    Back up all computers and take pictures of how your cords (TV, computer, gaming systems, etc.) were set up. This way you can just look at the photo and place them exactly where they were before, without having to guess or recall how they were set up from memory.
  12. Indoor and Outdoor Appliances
    Empty gas and oil out of your lawn mower and weed eater. Unplug and defrost your refrigerator 1-2 days before packing it in the truck. Unscrew Bulbs Remove bulbs before packing your lamps. These will prevent leaks, spills, mold, mildew and potential disasters!
  13. Protect Your Memories
    If it's irreplaceable, take it with you in the car (you don't want regrets later). But if you do decide to pack framed photos or art, place sheets or blankets between them for added protection. Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
  14. Remember those Essentials and Basic Needs
    Toilet paper, telephone, toiletries, snacks, drinks, soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. These need to be the last things you load and the first thing you unloaded.
  15. Leave the rest to the professionals
    Sit back and relax, and look forward to the new opportunities, friends and experiences that are part of any move. Be sure to get a good night’s rest before the pickup and delivery days!