Moving Tips

There are many factors to having a good smooth move. The following is a list of tips we think will be key to having a successful move.

Plan early

Most people procrastinate tasks that need to be done well before the move. Whether it’s a small one bedroom apartment or a four bedroom house, you need to give yourself a good amount of time to prepare so you are not scrambling on moving day.

Have enough packing materials

Consider budgeting some money to purchasing boxes, tape and packing paper.  Once you are done with them you can save them for your next move or even sell them to recuperate some of the money you invested in them. You can go out and ask your local retailers or supermarkets for boxes but keep in mind they will not always be clean, uniform or sturdy. Stay away from very large and moist boxes. They are difficult to pack and are not very sturdy.

Begin eliminating the unwanted

If you have not touched it in three months you probably don’t need it. Have a garage sale, give it away or have your local salvation army pick it up. The garage and the attic are usually places you want to scrutinize when eliminating the unwanted. Look at it from a financial point of view. Every item you want moved will carry a price to move it so choose wisely.


Make everyone responsible for their room. Give your kids a list of what needs to be done a week before moving. For instance they can pull down anything hanging on the wall seven days out. Make them responsible for disconnecting their gaming systems and cleaning up their desks.

Pick a staging area

Pick a room or even the garage to stage all of your packed boxes. Having all the boxes close to the truck will make things go quicker and will make packing the truck easier. It will also leave room for your mover to take apart your furniture.

Pack and mark your boxes

Be sure each box is completely filled and clearly labeled. Pack any linens last so you can use them  in case you run out of paper.

Clean as you go

Empty a room, clean a room. Unless you are hiring a cleaning service you should clean each room as they empty out. This will save you the time and energy of having to clean an entire house a couple of days before vacating.

Gather your valuables

Be sure to have a handle on all small electronics, jewelry, cash or paperwork like passports and birth certificates. On moving day keep track of your cell phones, chargers, laptops and wallets. The last thing you want on moving day is to lose your ID or to have your cell battery die on you.

Plan for plants and pets.

Pack plants in boxes with holes and be prepared to take them in your vehicle along with your pets. Most movers won’t move plants or pets.

Don't buy more food.

Stop buying food about a month out. Use up all your frozen food and live off what’s left. If at all possible try to eat out when you get very close to moving day. Again, you will pay to move any extra food as well.

Disconnect and prep appliances

Have all of your appliances disconnected and empty before movers arrive. Run a rinse cycle on your empty washer to get all excess water out and be sure all clothes are out of the dryer.

Get all your paperwork done.

Go to the post office and fill out a change of address form. Be sure to contact your bank and credit card companies well in advance of your address change. In addition, be sure you get a specific date for your utilities to be hooked up at your new home and confirm that 3-7 days in advance.

Have everyone know their role

On moving day movers will be in your house working quickly so be sure you know who is in charge so there are not two or three different members of the family telling them what to do. Make kids in charge of their pets. Be sure someone is available to communicate with the movers at all times so an efficient flow can be maintained. Movers will need to know how furniture is to be placed in each room and where each box will go.