Staying organized and planning ahead is very important when moving. We hope that this guide will assist you in achieving peace of mind during your transition.

  • Start to purge. Pick a starting point in your home and decide what you would like to keep and what can be donated.
  • Start to research moving companies. Verify that the company that you are selecting is authorized to move household goods. Verify their DOT number by researching it on the Safer website or by emailing [email protected]
  • Order moving supplies. Order boxes and other moving supplies such as tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers. Don’t forget specialty containers such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.
  • Start to use up goods that you don’t want to move, like frozen foods and cleaning products. Save some cleaning supplies for the final day of clean up.
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  • Choose a mover and confirm the arrangements.
  • Do a change of address. Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form or do it online at usps.gov. Pick a close neighbor to look out for any mail after your move and follow up two to four weeks after the move.
    Mail change of address postcards to friends.
  • Forward your family’s medical records.
  • Complete your own inventory of each possession, including date purchased and estimated value.
  • Notify the local utilities of both locations.
  • Notify your schools, church and other organizations of your move.
  • Begin packing. Start with items that you use most infrequently. Clearly label and number each box with its contents and the room it’s destined for. Pack and label “Essentials’ on boxes containing items you’ll need right away.
  • Separate valuables. Add items such as jewelry and important documents to a safe box that you will personally transport to your new home.
  • Sketch out a general floor plan of your new home to determine the placement of furnishings.
  • Make a list of important names, addresses and phone numbers, and be sure to take your phone book with you.
  • Notify your mover if anything about your move has changed (dates, etc.).
  • Make arrangements to move your plants and pets.
  • Contact your bank.
  • Notify your employer of your move.
  • Check your homeowner’s policy to see if moving is covered by your insurer.
  • Transfer insurance to cover fire, theft and personal property at your new home.
  • Request the time off from your employer for the day of the move.
  • Plan your own trip to your new home and make the necessary travel arrangements for your family.
  • If moving to a new climate, ask your mechanic what services your car might need.
  • Dispose of flammable items such as gasoline, matches, bleach, cleaning fluids and aerosol cans.
  • Discontinue regular services like newspaper delivery, trash pick-up and lawn service.
  • Contact moving company to reconfirm arrangements.
  • Arrange for the payment of your move. Most most movers will accept Cash, Check, Debit card, and Credit cards.
  • Transfer bank accounts.
  • Make arrangements to disconnect/connect local phone service.
  • Refill prescriptions.
  • Use up all frozen foods or give them away to local food pantries. Defrost your freezer to ensure that its clean and dry the day of the move.
  • Drain the fuel from lawnmowers and other gas-powered equipment.
  • Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. Take this box with you, or have your mover load it last and unload it first.
  • The day packing is done; verify all packing services have been performed before signing for them.
  • Empty, clean and dry your refrigerator.
  • Plan for Payment of the move.
  • Make sure that the truck that shows up is from the company you hired. The DOT number should match your paperwork.
  • Plan to be at your current home when the mover arrives and throughout the loading of your shipment. If you’re not able to be there, make sure the driver has the name and number of the person you’ve designated to oversee the process.
  • Make a final tour of your home/property and verify that nothing has been overlooked.
  • Sign the Bill of Lading, double-checking that your new address and phone number are correct.
  • If possible, arrive at your new home a day early to make sure utilities are connected.
  • Plan the placement of major items in/around your home. If possible label the location with a large sheet of paper. This will expedite the process and ensure that items are not moved twice.
  • Be on hand to pay the driver after the unloading of your goods.