How to select moving companies.

Two Men and a Truck Movers

Allied Moving Company

Global Van Lines Company

Mayflower Moving Company

North American Moving Services

UHAUL Moving Company

Public Storage Centers Around the Country

PODS Storage Company

Federal government Department of Transportation website on tips for moving and movers

References to products and services are not a specific endorsement, but the user must perform their due diligence and investigate whether the product or service is right for them. I welcome any or all comments that would help others.



Create a move file folder This controls your receipts, plans, appointments and other information regarding your move.
Sort Belongings. Toss items you don't need. Donate them for a tax deduction to Salvation army, Goodwill, and other charitable organizations may want them. You may want to call the United Way to identify any special needs of their associated charities. You also may want to organize a garage sale for items of bulk or just to reduce the amount donated.
Start gathering and packing boxes. It's never too early to gather and start packing boxes for the move. In fact, you should set yourself a goal of packing at least 3 boxes per week months in advance of moving. You will be surprised how fast the boxs pile up and how much work there is packing most of your belongings in a hurry before you actully move. Be sure the boxes aren't overloaded or too heavy. Remember that the move in and out of the home is strenuous and the boxes should be light. Boxes at liquor stores and Wal_mart/Home Depot may be available. Large retailers may break down and rush boxes for recycling so coordination well in advance is suggested. You may want to write a priority on the boxes of what to open first, second, third in a room. Also, when lifting boxes, lift with the legs and not your back.


Schedule movers Get estimates from reputable mover and line up a truck well in advance. Be sure to call the movers/truck rental with a few days of ove to assure vehicle will be available.
Professional services Ask your doctor, attorney, CPA, etc, for referrals of same services in the new area.
Notify utilities leaving and to be used Find out what the "termination of service" policies are for the utilities you are dropping. Find out what happens to any deposits you have made to establish your utilities.
Contact the Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Convention Bureau Get information about schools, churches, parks and recreation, maps, etc,.
Create a floor plan of your new home. This will enable you to tell the moers what items go where. It helps in the layout of furniture and perhaps measurements of window treatments and identifies doorways and windows. You may also want to use the deign sheet to identify paint brands/colors of walls and trim.
Garage Sale Clear out as many items that aren't going to be moved.
Insurance company Notify your homeowner's and auto insurance agent when you are to be moving.


Send change of address notices Post office, family, friends, magazines, financial institutions, and others. Enter comments here.
Change of address. Notify post office(ask for kit they produce to help you), credit card companies, friends, relatives, and magazine subscriptions of change.
Contact utilities (gas, water, electric, phone,cable, etc,.) Disconnect or stop billing for the day after your move so they are on while you move out. Establish utilities in your name at the new address for the day of closing.
Contact your doctor, dentist, vetrinarian, school system, and others. Make copies of records to take with you.
Food in refrigerator Limit the purchases of food to about a week's worth the last week before leaving. Otherwise, you'll end up throwing alot of food away.
Clean your new home Schedule someone to clean the home prior to moving furniture and belongings into the home.
Contact school(s) Make sure transacripts of former school get sent to the new school.
Savings and Checking Account Open a checking/savings account at new bank in area.
Homeowner's Insurance Make sure you order Homeowner's Insurance for the new home prior to moving. Ask you Insurance Agent if coverage may be transferred or a new policy has to be written.
Close out bank accounts Discuss arrangements with your lender to move your savings/checking account funds to the new bank's savings/checking account.
Prescriptions Transfer all prescriptions to pharmacies. Consult with your employer's insurance coverage to ensure the pharmacy is on your plan.
Subscriptions Cancel newspaper and transfer magazine subscriptions. Make a request to your local post office to have your mail transferred.
Notify neighbors and police If your home is to remain vacant for any period of time, notify your immediate neighbors and local Police precinct.
New Address and phone number Leave them for the new owner in case there are things that get delivered or found that need to be sent on to you.
Drain fluids from mower Moving companies usually don't move them with these fluids.
Spend all day with movers Make sure you have boxess labeled for the room they go in and when the boxes are numbered for mover's sheets, ensure they are recorded and if possible, placed in truck close together.


Make sure you have driver's license, registration and auto insurance if driving. Enter comments here.
Supervise the movers. Let the movers know which items you want packed first and last and moved onto the truck first and last.
Pack snacks and drinks. You will never know when or what you will eat and if you don't have time to go grab some food, you will have something there to eat.
Close out bank accounts Discuss arrangements with your lender to move your savings/checking account funds to the new bank's savings/checking account.
Replace light fixtures Be sure to remove any light fixtures and other items you planned to take from your house and replace them with what you had agreed to leave.


Leave your forwarding address and new phone number for the Buyers There is no telling what may be delivered or found after you move. If the Buyers need to reach you, leave some contact information.
Automonbile service Have your auto serviced, check fluids and tires.
Move valuables yourself Gold, jewelry, coins, stamps, furs, guns, stock certificates, bonds, any cash and other valuables.
Check-then re-check Just before movers leave, perform a walk of all the rooms, inside and out, backyard and frontyard, and sides of house to ensure all items are placed in moving truck.
Doors/windows/keys/remote openers Final check of home should be when movers leave, lock all doors and windows and leaveJust before movers leave, perform a walk of all the rooms, inside and out, backyard and frontyard, and sides of house to ensure all items are placed in moving truck.


Clean before moving in Clean up and if necessary, place builder's paper on flooring in traffic areas to eliminate excessive dirt and damage.
Utilities connected Make sure they are on. If possible, contact your agent to visit the home to ensure they are working.
Condition of belongings Inspect all belongings and indicate damage on mover's checklist.
Inventory Checklists Movers normally number boxes. Then at move-in, they give you a numbering sheet to identify the box numbers removed from the moving van. Assign a person helping you to follow up and make sure all the appropriate box numbers are accounted for.


Keep your closing paperwork. Keep your HUD-a settlement statement and other closing paperwork handy in case the utility company needs the information to confirm your ownership of the property. Sometimes the cable company requires evidence so as not to disonnect service from active customer.
Pack a "trip kit" of items that go into your car on the trip. Checkbook, traveler's checks, closing check, medications, toiletries, flashlight, toilet paper, hand towels, soap, snacks, and water/drinks.
Pay all outstanding bills Be sure to include your new address on all final payments.
Register automobiles and to vote Check with the county automobile tag office and voter's registration office.
US Mail Check with US Post Office to see if any mail has been held for you.
If you have other suggestions to help people move, let me know.

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