How to Pack and Move the Right Way

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8 Weeks ‘Til Your Move

Sort and Purge – Go through every room in your house or office building and decide what you would like to keep, donate, or throw out.

On Site Estimate – Quotes over the phone can be useful, but not accurate. Have Pack and Move come to your home or business and give you a quote in writing for the entire moving operation.

Start a Moving Binder – Use this binder to help organize and keep track of everything leading up to your move and even use it to refer to after completing you move to make sure everything arrived as planned.

Organize School Records – If you are moving to a different town and/or school district, then make sure to arrange your child’s school transcripts and records to be transferred to their new school.

6 Weeks ‘Til Your Move

Order Supplies – Make sure to purchase any supplies you may need like boxes, blankets, tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers. Remember to get specialty containers such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes if needed.

Use It or Lose It – Consume perishable products like frozen foods or cleaning supplies during your last several weeks that you don’t plan to take with you.

Take Measurements – If possible, take measurements and dimensions of floor and/or wall space at your new home or office to see how furniture and other large objects will fit through doors and how room you will have.

4 Weeks ‘Til Your Move

Confirm Mover Arrangements – At this time be sure to confirm with Pack and Move your moving date, total cost, and other important details.

Start Packing – Begin by packing items you don’t often use or can get by without using until unpacking them at your new location. Consider getting insurance on items over $100 in value such as a computer.

Label – Don’t create headaches by not properly labeling boxes. Whatever labeling helps you most works best. For example, if you want to label a box simply as “Kitchen” then do so, or be more detailed by writing all items on the outside of the box.

Separate Valuables – Keep items such as jewelry or important documents in easily identifiable boxes or envelopes that you will personally transport with you on moving day.

Change of Address – Go to your local post office or go online at usps.gov to fill out a change-of-address form. Be sure to make arrangements with any packages that you expect to be delivered close to or after your moving date.

Notify Important Parties – Alert your banks, brokerage firms, employer’s human resource department, magazine and newspapers subscriptions, credit cards, insurance, and utility companies of your planned move.

Forward Medical Records – Have your physician and/or dental office send any records to your new health care providers or obtain copies for yourself. Ask for referrals.

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2 Weeks ‘Til Your Move

Take Off From Work On Moving Day – It probably goes without saying, but this will serve as a friendly reminder to be sure to schedule a day off from work on moving day. You’d be surprised to know how many people try to do both.

Vehicle Tune Up – If you’re moving to a drastically different climate then you probably want to take your car in to a professional mechanic for a tune up to make sure your ride is ready for your next location.

Clean Out Your Safe Deposit Box – If you are changing banks and have important documents or any kind of contents in your safe deposit box then make arrangements to remove those items and pack then away in a safe box that you will be handling and traveling with you on moving day.

Reconfirm With Your Moving Company – The last thing you would want to go wrong at this point is for the moving company to lose your reservation. Rechecking at this point to make sure everything is still set is always a good thing to do.

1 Week ‘Til Your Move

Refill Pharmacy Prescriptions – This tip takes one more item off your list of important things that you might lose track of during and after your move. Also, be sure to update any prescriptions with your veterinarian for any pets.

Pack Your Suitcase – Begin packing bags for yourself and any family members with clothes and items that you won’t need in the last few days before moving.

A Few Days Before Your Move

Defrost The Freezer – If you’re taking your refrigerator with you then it is time to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving.

Recheck All Details – Go back over this list and any additional details you’ve thought of the last several weeks to make sure that no issues arise in the last 72 hours.

Arrange Your Payment – However you plan to pay for your move (credit card, cash, money order, etc), be prepared to do so before or after your move. If the moving company and staff have done a great job then you can consider a tip of 10-15%. If the movers had to relocate more than the normal heavy items or showed extreme care in handling precious items that did not get damaged then you can tip up to $100 per mover if you wish.

Moving Day

Verify The Moving Company – When the moving truck arrives make sure that they are from the company you’ve hired. Some terrible stories have occurred in past years when scammers helped people move out of their home and then the scammers ran off with their possessions.

Take Inventory – Before letting the movers leave, do a double check that all items made the trip safe and sound. Sign the moving company bill and keep a copy for your records.