Moving Tips

Helpful Moving Tips

I recommend only using the same sized cardboard boxes, as it makes loading and unloading much easier and you can fit more into the space provided. Also make sure to pack all fragile items in bubblewrap.

Contact your insurance agent to transfer property, fire, auto and medical insurance.

When organizing dental and medical records, be sure to include prescriptions, eyeglass specifications and vaccination records. Keep such items with you during the move.

Contact any clubs or associations you are associated with for information on transferring, selling or ending you memberships.

Wills, stock certificates and other one-of-a-kind items (jewelry, photos, and home videos) are difficult or impossible to replace. You may want to carry them with you instead of packing them.

Sit down and start organizing your move. Make a list with three columns: items to leave behind, items for moving company, and items you’ll move by yourself. If you haven’t done so, consider taking a household inventory for your records and to determine the declared value of the shipment.

Prepare a list of friends, family, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. The post office and any billing company should also be made aware of your move.

Make arrangements to move any one-of-a-kind or special items. Often times they may require packing materials and procedures that are best left to moving professionals or a third-party specialist.

Properly dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, weed killer, etc.

Plan meals that will use up food in your freezer. Any unused food can be donated to local food banks.

Backup all of your computer files and take the backups with you in the car, since software is sensitive to temperature extremes.

Arrange to have your gas, electric, cable, phone, etc. turned off at your current residence and turned on at your future home.

Mark boxes requiring special attention, fragile handling, and load last preferences.

On long distance moves, to prevent possible damage, wait at least 24 hours before turning on major electronics, allowing time for them to adjust to any change in temperature.