Plan ahead! Begin preparing for your move about 12 weeks ahead to allow time to prepare without undue stress. Remember that summer and the end of each month are the busiest times for movers. If you plan to move during a busy time please schedule well in advance.
Save on the cost of your move by getting rid of unwanted goods and clothing - hold a garage sale, donate to charities, or throw away unused items so that you won’t have to pay for moving or storage of things that you don’t want.
Before your estimate please carefully review all of your belongings, including those in your garage, attic, storage sheds, outdoor areas. Be prepared to show the estimator every item to be moved. This helps insure an accurate estimate and prevents unwelcome surprises and added costs on moving day.
Enter mail forwarding information at your post office. Arrange a termination date at your old home, and a connection date at your new home, for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
Check your homeowners insurance; most policies will cover damage incurred during a move as long as the policy is still in force. If you do not have homeowner’s insurance we can offer “valuation” coverage. Your estimator will explain the costs and terms of this coverage with you.
Plan to pack and move money, prescription drugs, small valuables, irreplaceable items, firearms, and important documents such as passports, birth or stock certificatesyourself. We cannot be responsible for these items. Obtain a written appraisal for antiques and other large valuables prior to your move.
Empty fuel from lawn mower and gas powered tools. Dispose of all flammable or poisonous materials: these include paint thinner, aerosol cans, pesticides, lawn chemicals, herbicides, fireworks and so forth. These items can leak or explode in transit, posing a hazard to our movers and to your belongings.
Unplug electronic equipment twenty four hours ahead to prevent heat related internal damage. Disconnect any gas appliances and drain waterbeds. Remove bulbs before packing lamps. Place heavy items into small, manageable boxes.
Designate one box for towels, tooth brushes, medications, and other essentials so you won’t have to search boxes the first night in your new home.
At your new home: You may wish to consider setting up your TV and VCR upon arrival, to safely occupy children during the unloading process.
To prevent injury keep children and pets securely away from movers, truck and equipment. Moving day is an excellent time for children or pets to visit a friend or relative if possible!