Moving Tips

Looking for some quick answers to keep your move running smooth? Check out these common questions and tips for additional help along the way.

Moving Checklist

A moving checklist is an invaluable way to stay on task during a relocation.

Protect Your Move

When choosing a company to relocate you there are three important things you can do to protect yourself.

Tips For Moving Safely During Covid-19

If you are planning a move during COVID-19 or have already secured a move date with a professional moving company, you may want to consider some additional actions to help support a safe move.

Protect Your Move

Make sure the company you choose is licensed by the FMCSA. Follow this link to search a motor carrier’s license authority.

Understand your rights and responsibilities and the protect your move brochure as a moving services customer.

Get more than one estimate and watch out for low-ball carriers! If a carrier you are considering tells you that he can move you for an unrealistically low price – be careful. It could mean he will suddenly remember some extra charges once your shipment has been loaded on the truck, the doors have been padlocked and he is ready to drive off into the sunset with all of your worldly possessions.

Moving Checklist

With two months to go until your moving day, it is time you start organizing yourself. Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement. Make a list of all the items you possess. Start sorting out your goods. Keep the things that you plan on taking with you, discard the things that you are not. Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.). Arrange to transfer school records. Choose a mover (or truck rental company). Get your new home ready – Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc; so, your home is ready when you arrive. Remember to change the locks on all the doors in your new home.

Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address card. Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your new community. Make arrangements for storage if necessary. Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records. Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised. Clean all closets and drawers. Start using foods and cleansing supplies that cannot be moved.

Just a month is left until you move to your new home. Its time you start taking care of important things. All the utility services at your old home need to be disconnected and reconnected at your new home. The phone line should be set up and running on the day you arrive in your new home. If you have “last month” deposits with your phone company, request your refund. You need to contact a moving company, in case you still haven’t. If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials and start packing items you won’t need until after you arrive at your new home. Here are a few packing tips to make your task easier. Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes and carpeting. Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary. Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit. Make any travel plans necessary for your move. Check to see if you need any moving permits. Plan your moving sale. Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions. Collect your important records – Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.

Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids. Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving one state to another state). If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use of an elevator. Make child-care arrangements for moving day. Hold your moving sale.

Now is the time that you start getting last minute things done. Get rid of anything that is not sold at your moving sale. You have a long distance to travel so ensure that your car is serviced and in good condition. If you are moving from a warm climate to a cold one, make sure to check your anti-freeze. Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items. Cancel your newspaper delivery. Notify any creditors of your move. Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medicines on hand. Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home. Change your address – One week before you move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you. Pick up laundry – Laundry tickets are easy to misplace, so ask for your things by name and not just by the receipts you have. Pack a travel kit. Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids. Also pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.

Transfer your bank accounts. Take animals to vet for immunization, if necessary. Close and empty your safe deposit box. Settle any bills with local businesses. Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses. Find new home for plants that will not be moved. Confirm any travel reservations. Drain your waterbed. Defrost refrigerator and freezer, propping doors open. Let movers pack your belongings (unless you already have). Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move. Set aside anything that will travel in your car so that it will not be loaded on the truck. Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box “Load Last.” Obtain cash or traveler’s checks for the trip and to pay the movers. Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.

Note all utility meter readings. Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place.

Again, be on hand to answer any questions. Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items. Be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are unloaded. Supervise unloading and unpacking. Be prepared to pay your move with cash, certified check, or cashier’s checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

Moving during covid-19?

If you are planning a move during COVID-19 or have already secured a move date with a professional moving company, you may want to consider some additional actions to help support a safe move.

Make sure you ask your professional moving company what measures they are taking to ensure a safe move experience during the COVID-19 outbreak. Most reputable movers understand the safety of you and your belongings is critical during any move. However, when it comes to your safety and health, it’s imperative the moving company you choose demonstrates considerable vigilance at this time. Below are a few questions to get you started as you vet your movers: What precautions are your movers taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19? What precautions are you taking to protect your drivers and crew? What precautions do you recommend I take during my move? What will you do if it’s discovered that a worker or customer has been diagnosed with COVID-19? Do you have a list of FAQs or additional information that addresses moving during COVID-19 that I can review before I schedule my move with you?

Avoiding in-person contact is an important step in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Virtual survey offers an alternative to the traditional in-person moving estimate allowing you to walk an estimator through your home remotely using video chat on your mobile device.  
 
Check with your moving company to find out how you can best prepare for their virtual quote process. If you choose to try our Virtual Survey tool, here are a few things you can do to prepare for your remote estimate: 

  • Make sure your phone or tablet is fully charged
  • Make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi signal. If you are not connected to Wi-Fi, data charges may apply. 
  • Turn on the lights in all of the rooms you will be showing to your estimator. 
  • Open all cabinets and closets for items inside you will need us to move. 
  • Have a tape measure on hand, just in case your estimator needs you to measure an item for accuracy. 

If you decide to postpone your move, make sure you’ve booked with a moving company that is flexible during these uncertain times. When you receive your moving quote, you may want to inquire about refund and/or deposit policies in the event you do need to cancel your move. Most reputable moving companies will consider the unprecedented circumstances and work to accommodate your needs. Lastly, make sure you know who to contact and have the correct phone number(s) should you decide to cancel/reschedule your move.

Hiring professional cleaners to help with your move-in/move-out cleaning tasks can be an excellent time-saving option. However, given the current restrictions and safety guidelines surrounding COVID-19, hiring a cleaning crew to come into your home is not advisable. At this time, the safest option is for you to do the house cleaning yourself.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides general recommendations for routine cleaning and disinfection of households: 

  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics with “household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions.” 
  • Pay close attention to the safety instructions when using cleaning and sanitizing products. For example, never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner; wear rubber gloves and other protective wear, if indicated; increase ventilation by opening windows and doors to allow in fresh air.

It’s not rude; it’s simply safer to use other non-contact methods of greeting.

As your drivers and workers load and unload your belongings, practice social distancing AND refrain from helping with the move — let them do it. If possible, keep children, pets and vulnerable household members in a separate area.

Request your movers wash their hands at the door and at regular intervals. It’s also a good idea to limit restroom use to one restroom in the house. Provide disinfectant wipes for doorknobs and light switches in the restroom and near entryways.

These recommendations include but are not limited to the following: wearing masks and/or creating reminders to avoid touching the face, limiting food sharing, scheduling regular hand washing reminders by email/text notifications and regularly disinfecting surfaces. For more information on what you can do to limit the spread of COVID-19, click here.

If At Any Point Before Or During Your Move, You Suspect You’ve Been Exposed To The Virus Or Have Symptoms, Contact Your Mover To Determine What To Do.

In addition to cleaning and disinfecting your furniture and belongings as you unpack, make sure to properly dispose of all packing materials. Contact your local government agency if you have questions regarding the disposal or recycling of boxes and other packing material. *These Guidelines represent recommendations based on current CDC Guidelines and are subject to change based on our evolving understanding of COVID-19; the availability of equipment; the personal preferences of each customer; and other federal, state and local regulations that may be issued from time to time.

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