Use this checklist to make your move as smooth as possible.
Two Months Out
- Call The Other Side Movers for an estimate and to schedule your move. (Summer weekends often book months in advance. Book early so you won’t be disappointed!)
- Start to inventory and evaluate your belongings, including items in your attic, basement, storage shed, etc. Is there anything you can donate or sell?
- Make arrangements with a third party if you need long term storage services.
- Begin using items that you won’t be able to move such as cleaning products and frozen food.
- Make a list of people to notify of your new address including friends, family, subscriptions, creditors, etc.
One Month Out
- Notify utilities (cable, phone, electricity, etc.) of your service shutoff date.
- Arrange for insurance in your new location.
- Make travel arrangements for the day of your move. (Don’t make plane reservations for the actual day of your move. Give yourself 1-2 days cushion to handle any unexpected events.)
- Purchase moving supplies including boxes available from The Other Side Movers.
- Begin packing any items that you will not need immediately.
- Have a garage sale for your inessential items – or donate items to charity (such as The Other Side Academy!)
Two Weeks Out
- Make sure your car is in good working order if you plan to drive to your new location.
- Settle any outstanding bills with local merchants.
- Empty safety deposit boxes, pick up dry cleaning, return library books and DVD rentals.
- Take pets to the vet for immunization and to retrieve pets’ health records.
A Few Days Out
- Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.
- Pack a box of personal items that you will need immediately upon arrival at your new home. Make sure to set this box aside!
- Contact The Other Side Movers to confirm arrival time of the moving professionals. Notify us of any last-minute details.
The Big Day!
- Make sure that someone is at home to answer the moving professionals’ questions.
- Pack special items for your children including snacks, toys and any favorite items. This can be a long and disorienting day for them.
- Clear walkways and driveways.
- Remove floor mats and door mats.
- Remove low-hanging items such as plants or wind chimes.
- Point out special items to your moving professionals immediately.
- Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before you sign them. Make sure you understand all the paperwork and keep it safe until the moving process is complete.
- Make sure the driver has clear directions to your new residence.
- Your driver or someone from our office may give you a delivery estimate. Understand that certain conditions (traffic, weather) can affect delivery times. Try to be flexible.
- Take one last sweep of your house, checking all closets, the garage, attic, and basement.
I watched these guys work and it was a sight to see. They were happy, careful, friendly and fast. It was fun to get to know them during the few restful moments of the move. They watched for every cue from us that there was something else they could do to lighten our load – and jumped into action when they learned it.
Packing Tips For Each Area of the Home
General Packing Tips
- Limit your boxes and cartons to a maximum of 50 pounds.
- Wrap items carefully.
- Use crushed newsprint or bubble wrap for cushioning.
- Use quality boxes that can be securely taped shut.
- Pack similar weight items together.
- Label all boxes with your description of contents.
Garage or Storage Shed
- Drain power tools of oil and gas.
- Use old towels to wrap sharp-edged tools.
- For grills, dispose of charcoal and, if applicable, disconnect propane tank. Propane tanks cannot be transported in the moving truck.
- Keep hardware for disassembled items in small, plastic bags.
- Dispose of all perishables.
- Wrap china and glasses separately in clean paper. Use a large amount of paper padding between items in boxes.
- Pack heavier items such as pots and pans in the bottom of boxes.
- For large appliances such as refrigerators: clean thoroughly and disconnect all hoses. If necessary, have a licensed technicians disconnect the appliance (in the case of gas ranges).
- We can provide wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. If wardrobe boxes are not used, fold and pack clothing in suitcases or boxes lined with clean paper.
- Use a large, clean plastic bag for packing linens in boxes. Linens and bedding can be used as cushioning for boxes.
- Mattresses should be packed in mattress cartons. Pillows make good padding for other items.
- Mirrors should be packed in special cartons.
- Consider having your area rugs cleaned before moving. You’ll receive them rolled in a form easy for transport.
- Pack books of the same size together in a box. Do not overload boxes.
- Lamp shades are particularly fragile. Pack with clean paper and place in a box at least two inches large than shade diameter. Label the box “Lamp Shades – Fragile – Top Load Only.”
- We will shrink wrap large items such as sofas. Talk to us beforehand about leather items. Couch pillows can be packed in large boxes.
- For large items such as pianos or pool tables, a qualified professional should assist you with moving preparations.