Moving from one home to another can be overwhelming, especially when it means relocating to a new state. But your move doesn’t have to be stressful. With a bit of preparation and the right professional help, you and your family can have a safe, successful move – and even have a little fun along the way, too!
To help you get started, we’ve put together our best advice on how to plan for moving, particularly when you’ve hired professional movers to help. This household moving guide contains some smart and simple tips to prepare you for moving day, so you can stay calm throughout the process and focus on what’s really important: the new adventure ahead of you.
- File a change of address form with the Post Office.
- Notify creditors, magazines and book/music clubs of your new address.
- Retrieve your family’s medical records and ask doctors and dentists to recommend a colleague in your new city.
- Decide which items can be sold, discarded or donated to charity.
- Complete your own inventory of each possession, including date purchased and estimated value.
- Notify the local utilities at your origin/destination to have service turned off/on as needed.
- Notify your children’s schools, your church and other organizations of your impending move.
- Decide which items you will be packing yourself.
- 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 moving agent if anything about your relocation has changed (dates, etc.).
- Make arrangements for moving your plants and pets.
- Contact your bank and transfer the contents of your safety deposit box.
- 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.
- If shipping an automobile, top off fluids like oil and antifreeze, but make plans to have the gas tank less than half full.
- Plan your own trip to your new home and make the necessary travel arrangements for your family.
- Arrange for the proper servicing of all appliances at your origin and destination.
- 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.
- Finalize your plans for larger items (TV antenna, swing set, trampoline, etc.).
- Arrange for the payment of your Wheaton driver at destination. Unless your relocation is being billed to your employer or previous credit approval has been secured, payment by cash, certified check or money order is required before unloading.
- Transfer bank accounts so you don’t lose any interest.
- Make arrangements to disconnect/connect local phone service at your origin/destination.
- Determine which items you will be taking with you (jewelry, etc.). Pack and set them aside in a designated area.
- Use up all frozen foods or give them away.
- Drain the fuel from lawnmowers and other gas-powered equipment.
1 day before
- 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 moving driver load it last and unload it first.
- This is usually the day packing is done; verify all packing services have been performed before signing for them.
- Defrost, clean and dry your refrigerator.
- Plan to be at your current home when our movers arrive 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.
- Check the condition of your goods as they are inventoried and loaded.
- 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.
- Lock all doors and windows and turn off all switches.
- 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.
- Be on hand to pay the driver prior to the unloading of your goods.