Move Preparation Tips

Making Arrangements

  • Book us a few weeks in advance of your moving date.

  • Get rid of unwanted items before moving. Have a garage sale or give stuff away.

  • Try to move at times other than the beginning or end of the month when we are busiest.

  • If you live in an apartment building and/or are moving to one, reserve the elevator(s) for the day and time of your move. Do this several weeks before your moving date.

  • Arrange timing carefully. When we arrive at your new home, you want immediate access to the premises. You don’t want to sit around while your moving van time-charges keep increasing.

  • Arrange for discontinuation of services and deliveries at your current home and establishment of services and deliveries at your new home. (Electricity, gas, water, phone, newspapers, fuel oil, garbage pickup, etc.)

  • Notify the following about your upcoming address change: Post Office, insurance companies, banks, subscription providers, credit card companies, government agencies, friends and relatives, etc. Transfer club memberships, school records, medical records, prescriptions, etc. (Ask your doctor and dentist if they can recommend health care professionals at your new place of residence.)


  • You can arrange for a “full service” move if you prefer to have us do your packing.

  • If you plan on doing your own packing, start well in advance of moving day.

  • Label contents of each carton as you pack.

  • Mark FRAGILE in large red letters on the tape of boxes containing breakable items. Use sturdy cartons (with lids) for packing.

  • Never pack articles above tops of containers.

  • Pack blankets in large cartons or plastic bags. Pack towels and linens in cartons, plastic bags or dresser drawers.

  • Small appliances (toaster, blender, etc.) should be wrapped separately and placed in the bottom of a carton.

  • Pack china with heavy pieces on the bottom. Flat pieces should be packed on edge.

  • Pack books, magazines and other heavy items in boxes no larger than 2 cubic feet.

  • Empty all desks and bookcases. Box up the contents. Consolidate small boxes into bigger ones. This reduces time for us and saves you money.

  • Box up all audio, video, electronic and computer components. If these items are not boxed, we may wrap them in furniture pads, but you will have to transport them in your own vehicle.

  • If you have a lockable garage, place the packed boxes in it. If you do not have a garage, stack all of your boxes somewhere near your front entrance, but not blocking the movement of other items. (This can save up to an hour of loading time.)

  • Leave clothing and linens in drawers, but do not overload them. Remove items that could spill, break or move around. (E.g. perfume, cologne, jewelry, coins, pens pencils, paper clips, etc.)

  • Before we arrive, you may want to save time by doing the following: disassemble beds and cribs, disconnect washers and dryers, empty refrigerators and freezers. (Use up foodstuffs in the weeks before the move.)

  • We cannot disconnect gas appliances or other “hard wired” appliances.

  • Make sure you’re completely packed and ready to go when we arrive. (Packing services, if required, must be scheduled to take place before the moving date.)

  • You may want to pack one box with essential items to be loaded last and unloaded first when the moving van arrives at your new home.

Restricted Items

  • Items that are flammable, explosive or dangerous must be disposed of or transported by you. Examples include aerosol cans, propane tanks, paints, paint thinner, gasoline, corrosive liquids, pesticides, guns, ammunition, etc.

  • Drain all gasoline engines (e.g. lawn mowers, etc.).

  • Drain garden hoses and connect the ends. Move with the hoses in an empty trash container to avoid leakage.

  • Plants are perishable. We cannot take responsibility for their condition during a move.

  • In cold weather, articles harmed by freezing should not be shipped via moving van (e.g. plants, perishable foodstuffs, etc.)

Last Minute Suggestions

  • Carry enough cash to cover the cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in your new location

  • Carry jewelry and documents yourself, or use registered mail.

  • Plan for transportation of pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy.

  • Double check closets, drawers and shelves to be sure they are empty

  • Leave keys needed by the new tenant or owner with the Realtor or owner, and arrange to pick up your new keys