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Moving Tips

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Moving tips

  • Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day.

  • For large appliances be sure to check your owner’s manuals to see if there are special instructions for moving.

  • Don’t try to get rid of your children’s favorite things before the move – even if it makes it easier. Kids sometimes have a hard time dealing with the change of the move itself.

  • By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gases and other flammables, ammunition and explosives.

  • Pack a box of essential items that you will need immediately after the move and make sure it’s the last thing added to the truck.

  • Clean out closets, the attic, and the basement as soon as you decide it’s time to move.

  • Make a “survival closet” of things for the last cleanup before you move out – broom, dust cloth, dust pan, mop.

  • Remember to get snacks for move day.

  • Schedule disconnect times for about a week before your move day -- you don’t want to have to pay for cable, phone and utilities when you aren’t even there!

  • Cancel newspapers, cable, pest control, cleaning help, lawn services about a week before the move.

  • Mail in your change of address forms about week before your move date.

  • Clean your stove before you move out.

  • If you are depending on friends and family to help you move, have a back-up plan if they don’t show.


Packing tips

  • Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.

  • Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. Clothes in drawers can be placed in suitcases.

  • Use only small boxes for books. They get very heavy, very fast.

  • Never use printed newsprint to wrap fine china.

  • Always stack dishes upwards when packing.

  • Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible including: children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information and photo albums

  • Never use duct tape – use packing tape.

  • Clearly label all boxes on top and side.

  • As you take apart furniture and other items make sure to tape all parts to the main base.

  • Try to pack all electronic equipment, like stereos in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap when packing these items.

  • Start packing items you will not need ahead of time.

  • Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.

  • Always tape boxes.

  • Don’t use boxes without tops. No tops make it impossible to stack properly in the truck.

  • Use custom-designed boxes when packing fine china and clothing.

  • Have plenty of supplies


Home Moving Checklist


  • Reserve a moving company for your move as soon as you know you are moving.

  • Start to clean out closets, the garage and attic.

  • Host a garage sale or donate your unwanted things to charity.

  • Arrange to transfer school records.

  • Get change of address cards from your local post office.

  • Notify magazines, charge accounts, insurance companies, clubs and all other organizations of your change of address. If possible, get owner's manuals for appliances in your new home.


  • Make a "survival closet" of things you will need for the final clean-up and include a snack for the last day.

  • If you decide to pack yourself, label all the moving boxes as you pack. Write the destination room on the top and sides of each moving box to ensure it gets to the right place in your new home.

  • Schedule disconnects for gas, electric, water and the telephone. Don't disconnect the phone until after your move. Arrange for refunds that are due, and schedule connections for your new home.

  • Cancel newspapers, cable TV, security, pest control, cleaning help, lawn maintenance and any other services you receive.

Business Moving Checklist



Start to clean out closets, extra meeting rooms and file cabinets.

  • Host a community sale or donate the unneeded items to charity.

  • Get change of address cards from your local post office.

  • Notify your building owner, clients, magazines, charge accounts and all other organizations of your change of address.

  • This may be a great opportunity to update software or technology.


  • Label moving boxes according to person and/or item. Once the boxes are moved, this will be helpful when reorganizing.

  • Cancel newspapers, security, cleaning help, lawn and/or indoor maintenance and any other services you receive.

  • Devise a floor plan of the cubicles in your office and the new floor layout.


  • Encourage employees to clean out their spaces.

  • Unplug copiers, computers, printers and any other electronic items.


  • Conduct a pre-move conference with managers.

  • Let all employees know their roles and responsibilities for the move.

  • Limit employee participation on move day.

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