Moving Tip

Moving from one home to another, sometimes even one community to another, is both a time of great excitement and great stress. Here are some tips:

Getting Ready:

  • Designate one drawer or a dresser for first-night essentials (sheets, towels, toiletries, plates). Load this last, unload it first.

  • Reduce your load by having a garage sale beforehand. Consider the cost of shipping vs the cost of replacement for cross-country moves.

  • Pack seldom-used or out-of-season items ahead of time

  • Notify friends & relatives of your move. Start submitting change-of-address forms to post office.

  • If you have kids, arrange all documents for changing kid's schools

  • Gather all important personal, insurance, medical and dental documents

  • Arrange disconnect and re-connect of utilities and telephone service

  • Transfer banking (savings accounts, personal loans) to the new location

  • Return any library books


  • Keep your pets out of the way (at a friends house) during loading

  • pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes (to keep weights more consistent)

  • Remove bulbs from lamps

  • Put pictures in boxes between sheets, blankets or towels for extra protection

  • Stack plates and record albums on end vertically, not flat and stacked

  • Have kids label their own room's boxes so they become familiar with the new address

  • Take your current phone book with you. You may need to call people in your former hometown.

  • Dispose of flammable liquids (contact the local fire department)

  • Pick up dry-cleaning

Finishing Off:

  • Clean all appliances, including the oven. Defrost the fridge

  • Before the van leaves for your destination, give the driver a phone number where you can be reached (If you don't have a cellphone, this is a good time to get one with a pay-as-you-go plan)

  • Write down your move Registration Number in case you have any questions.

  • After cleaning your refrigerator, put an half-cup of coffee grinds, baking soda or charcoal in a sock to keep it smelling fresh.

  • Wrap plants well for cold-weather moving (layers of cleaner bags are great). In hot weather, keep them away from windows and exterior walls of vans.

  • Check all shelves, closets, and storage areas for items left behind

  • At the destination, unload the TV first to keep the kids occupied during unloading

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