Moving Out, Moving In

Moving And Packing Tips

A little advice on moving can save you a lot of time and money. These tips are time tested and can make your move less stressful.

  • Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes.
  • Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so they’ll be easily available the first night in your new home.
  • Place a sock or nylon stocking in your refrigerator with a cup of baking soda, charcoal or fresh coffee to keep the interior smelling fresh.
  • Pack your current phone book – you may need to call residents or businesses in your former hometown.
  • Records and plates should be packed on end vertically, rather than stacked.
  • Make sure medicine and other toiletries have lids on securely prior to packing.
  • Remove bulbs from lamps before packing.
  • Clearly label each carton with room number plus contents.
  • Ask a friend to keep your children and pets when packing and on moving day.
  • If packing yourself, pack several cartons each day rather than all at once.
  • Pack on a room-by-room basis. Don’t mix items from different rooms in one box.
  • Allow children to pack their favorite toys. This gives them a stronger sense of belonging.
  • Be cautious with boxes from grocery or liquor stores. They may not be clean and may not have the strength to withstand the weight of items you’re packing.
  • Hazardous materials may not be moved
    • Paint
    • Varnish
    • Gasoline
    • Kerosene
    • Oil
    • Bottled gas
    • Aerosol cans
    • Nail polish/remover
    • Ammunition
    • Explosives


Pack a “survival” kit which you carry in your car, or have first off the truck.

  • Basic Tools – Hammer, screwdriver, knife, tape, etc.
  • Bathroom products – soap, toilet paper, towels, etc.
  • Kitchen items – Disposable utensils, cups, plates and snacks, drinks, etc.
  • Cleaning products – Cleansers, broom, dustpan, sponges, etc.

Load your plants in the moving truck last, and unload them first – check with the U. S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants.


Moving Checklist & Timetable As Soon As You Know . . .

  • Meet as a family, discuss the move and plan to make everyone part of the move.
  • Ask friends, neighbors and relatives for recommendations of moving companies.
  • Plan a house hunting trip to your new location.
  • Notify your real estate specialist of the dates you’ll be in the new location to house hunt.
  • Start your mortgage pre-approval process
  • Make a house hunting trip to your new location and bring maps, notebooks, etc.
  • Decide what to move and what not to move. Consider a garage sale!
  • Get estimates from several moving companies
  • Subscribe to the local newspaper in your new location (to be mailed to you)
  • Get information on schools and businesses in your new location
  • Take pictures of your new home
  • Start collecting packing boxes and material
  • If moving at your company’s request, find out what they will pay for 1 Month+ before the move . . .
  • Request records from doctors and dentists, including eyeglass prescriptions, dental x-rays and vaccinations
  • Obtain your children’s school records to make for an easier transfer
  • Draw a floor plan of where your furniture should be placed
  • This will eliminate confusion for you and your movers
  • Pay existing bills and close out local charge accounts
  • Record expenses incurred during your house hunting trips and continue throughout your move
  • Read information given you by moving companies and ask questions on any parts you do not understand
  • Start packing anything you won’t need for at least six more weeks
  • Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved
  • Begin notifying credit card and other companies of your change of address
  • Check homeowners insurance for coverage while moving.
  • Transfer fire, theft, personal property insurance to your new home
  • Transfer personal insurance records
  • Give notice of resignation to any clubs, organizations or volunteer activities to which you belong
  • Give day care center proper notice of withdrawal
  • Arrange for transport of pets or automobiles, if needed
  • Take one night off to relax!!


2 Weeks Before The Move . . .

  • Take a ruthless walk-through to determine what you really want to take
  • Tag the rest of it and hold a garage sale or call a charity for pick-up
  • Clean out club lockers, pick up dry cleaning
  • Complete travel arrangements for trip to your new location
  • Have vet prepare pet health certificates
  • Arrange, if possible, to have utility service established in new city
  • Arrange for disconnection or changeover of utilities in the house you’re selling
  • If driving, have your car serviced for the trip to your new location
  • Clean out cupboards and plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don’t need.
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of medications and they are with you for the trip
  • Transfer prescriptions and medical records
  • Take time off with the family!


1 Week Before The Move . . .

  • Re-confirm travel reservations
  • Make an inventory list of all items going with you in the car


Confirm arrangements and dates for

  • Auto transportation
  • Pet transportation
  • Hotel reservations
  • Temporary housing arrangements
  • Inform friends and relatives of your forwarding address. If our phone service doesn’t start immediately, arrange for a temporary voice mail box – some long distance providers will offer this service
  • Drain gas from lawnmower, snow blower, etc.
  • Drain water hoses
  • Clean out and defrost the deep freezer
  • Check contents of drawers for liquids or breakables
  • Set aside a box of cleaning supplies and the vacuum cleaner
  • Put together your “survival kit” for the move.
  • Check and close your safety deposit box
  • Pack everything you’ll need for several days after you arrive at your new destination


1-2 Days before the move . . .

  • Close bank accounts
  • Make sure certain boxes are marked for “Load Last, Unload First”
  • Purchase traveler’s checks for the trip, if long distance
  • Conclude financial matters relating to the sale or lease of your home
  • Unplug TV’s 24 hours before move so they are at room temperature on moving day
  • Disconnect computer and secure
  • Have a first-aid kit available, just in case


When You Arrive At Your Destination

  • Contact the moving company’s agent and inform him where and how you can be reached
  • Make certain the house is ready for occupancy when the van arrives
  • Check to make sure all utilities are on and working properly
  • Let family members or friends know you have arrived safely.
  • If not yet done, get in touch with the utility companies and make arrangements for service
  • Be on hand to accept delivery of your furnishings. Appoint one person to supervise the move
  • Check your household goods as they are unloaded. If there is any change in condition, note changes and/or missing items on the van operator’s copy of the inventory sheet.
  • Personally report any loss/damage to the mover’s agent immediately
  • Be prepared to direct where each piece of furniture is to be placed
  • Allow the children to help. Let them feel needed. Assign them light, but important, duties such as unpacking and arranging their own toys and possessions
  • Make the beds so you can get a good night’s rest before tackling things that must be done tomorrow
  • Make your first room to unpack the kitchen. At least you’ll be able to make a cup of coffee and have a snack!
  • Take a break every couple of hours
  • Hook up your TV and VCR and watch a familiar “feel good” movie the first evening
  • Consider having the family evening meal at a restaurant on “moving-in” day.
  • Take a few minutes to relax!

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