Moving Tips

Plan to spend the entire day at the house. Last minute decisions must be made by you. Don't leave until after the movers have gone.

  • Tell packers and/or driver about fragile or precious items.
  • Make a final check of the entire house - basement, closets, shelves, attic, garage, every room.
  • Approve and sign Bill of Lading; if possible accompany driver to the weigh station.
  • Double check with driver to make certain moving company records show the proper delivery address for your new house. Verify the scheduled delivery date, too.
  • Give driver phone numbers both here and in new community to contact you in case of a problem.
  • Get complete routing information form the driver and phone numbers so you can call the driver or company while en route.
  • Disconnect all utilities and advise the real estate agent who sold or is selling your house.
  • Lock all doors and windows. Advise your real estate agent and neighbors that the house is empty.
  • Each carton has to be sealed securely with packing tape.
  • Remember to mark cartons for fragile items clearly and inform movers to be careful.
  • Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers.
  • Use small boxes for the heaviest items such as books.
  • Label all cartons with markers for identifying their basic contents and their designated rooms.
  • Save old newspapers for use in packing, but remember ink from newspaper may be messy at times.
  • Generally, self packing will take about 2 weeks to complete. Start your packing as early as possible.
  • Be sure all items are well padded and use old newpaper to fill empty space inside cartons.

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