Moving Tips

Create a master moving to-do list

When moving homes, you inevitably end up having 1,000 different things to do and remember. Write them down somewhere! Jot them down in your phones note app, or go old-school with a giant yellow legal pad. No detail is too insignificant. Even if it’s as simple as having to return your cable box to your television provider before you leave or maybe you just remembered the name of the little bookstore in town that will accept your used novels? Write it down!

Research professional moving companies

Be sure to ask several significant questions, Do you charge for mileage? When do you start and stop billing? Do you prorate the billing if I start but do not use an entire hour? Most companies prorate billing in just 30-minute increments. For your convenience we offer 15-minute increments when billing. We also do not start billing until we arrive on-site, on location. That means you don’t have to pay for unnecessary driving time for us to get to you. Selecting the right moving company will often make or break your entire moving experience so it’s important to get it right the first time. Ask your friends or family for recommendations. The more effort you put into finding a reputable company with excellent customer service ahead of time, the less hassle you’ll have on moving day.

Moving boxes

When it comes to moving boxes we prefer to work with new, never used boxes. The best way for us to stack a truck is with boxes of similar size, shape and structural integrity. Used boxes can cause our loads to be loose or unstable when loaded due to the variance of the box size and shape. If used boxes are your only option due to preference or to fit a budget here’s a few good places to look: Your local liquor store, Craigslist, and even Facebook Marketplace.

Use moving labels to mark each box with its contents and destination room.​

Moving labels, when used properly can make your life much easier! Be sure to label if a box is fragile or if a certain side should be kept up in a specific direction. Don’t forget to label what each box contains for contents and what room it should be placed in upon arrival.

Choose a ‘packing room’ 1 month ahead of time and box up a few things each day.

Getting started with this process sooner rather than later will allow you to be more organized and less stressed as moving day moves closer.

Get rid of non-essential items
Schedule a free donation pickup.

Many municipalities have “Big trash day”. If you have planned well enough in advance we suggest taking advantage of this service by ridding your house of any unused or unsalvageable items. If items could serve a better purpose elsewhere with new ownership then we suggest reaching out to one of the following local businesses. Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat For Humanity, or Dress for Success

Schedule disconnect times​

Call your cable, internet, electricity, and gas providers at least a week ahead of your move to figure out when you need to shut everything off. Make sure you leave enough time in your schedule to gather any necessary items like cords, remotes, or cable boxes you may need to return.​

Change your address a week before you move.

This is one of those things everyone forgets to do until they’re two weeks into life in a new home and they realize their Ebay package still hasn’t arrived. One week prior to your moving date should be adequate amount of time. Don’t forget to call your insurance company as well to update your address. Insurance is based on your zip code rating as well as many other factors. Most likely your rate will change one way or another.

Moving Day

Move on a weekday when banks, utilities and government offices are open.

Pack a clear plastic bag with things you’ll need right away.

This bag may include one roll of toilet paper, prescription medications, hand soap, one towel, a toothbrush, and whatever else you think you’ll need for the first day or night in your new home.


If moving locally, leave your pets with a friend on moving day. Animals can become confused and frightened during a move. It’s best to consider hiring a dog sitter or having a family member watch them during the hours of the move.

Take pictures of your electronics.

Before taking them apart and packing them up, take a few pictures of the back of your electronic devices. This will ensure you have a blueprint to help you put them back together at your new home.

Furniture Hardware

When taking something apart, put all the parts and screws in a single bag. Tape or shrink wrap the bag to the piece. This will ensure you won’t have to track down the parts at your final destination. Be sure to point out the hardware to the movers upon arrival so they do not get lost or misplaced during the move.​


When buying a new home it is always a good idea to revisit your insurance policy. Many insurance companies give big discounts for new construction or new roofs. Be prepared, A change in fire codes, flood zones, or any other factor may negatively effect your rates when moving.

Illegal transportation

Dispose of any items that moving companies are not allowed to transport by law. These items include gasoline, bottled gases and other flammables, ammunition, and explosives.

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