Twelve Tips for moving into a new home


This list of must do's will prepare you to move into a new home or apartment.

1. Start planning at least 2 months before your move. When Choosing a date for your move, be aware that the beginning and end of the month are busier times to move than mid-month.

2. Call and schedule a move date. Give as much information as possible about your move including: what you are taking, any large or over sized items, and the origin and destination of your move.

3. Have major appliances disconnected before the movers arrive. Have the refrigerator emptied, defrosted, and ice maker unhooked. Doing this will save you time and money. Also, most moving companies will not disconnect gas lines.

4. Be prepared to move pets, plants, valuables (such as jewelry, money, and important papers), and hazardous materials yourself. These items will not be loaded onto the moving truck.

5. Be sure to call the utility companies to disconnect your services for the day AFTER your move.

6. Leave your phone connected the day of your move. Our office and our crew may need to contact you during the move.

7. Make sure you pack all loose items for the move. This includes items left in dresser drawers. If you don’t think you will have everything packed in time, arrange for packers to come and help you.

8. Keep some essential tools in an easy to reach place. These may include a hammer, screwdriver, and wrench.

9. Empty fuel from lawn mowers, grass trimmer/edgers, gas grills, and equipment containing fuel.

10. Be on hand when the movers arrive and while they are loading and unloading your belongings. DO NOT schedule the closing for the day of your move.

11. After the truck is loaded, make a final walk through the house, garage, cellar, backyard, and storage rooms for any missed items. Check drawers, cabinets, and closets in all rooms for articles that may have been missed during the packing or loading process.

12. Have clear directions to your new home or office prepared for the movers. Also, be sure to check with your town or building administration on what may be required to insure parking for the moving truck. It is part of your responsibilities to arrange for any necessary parking permits, city variances, elevator/loading dock usage, or other building requirements for the day of the move.