Before, During, and After your Move

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Six to Eight Weeks Before Move

  • Contact Efficient Moving for a free, no-obligation estimate to make arrangements for moving day.
  • Remove items from your attic, crawl space, shed, etc.
  • Start to use up things that can't be moved, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.
  • Begin to inventory and evaluate your possessions.  What can be sold online, at a garage sale, or donated to a charitable organization?  What haven't you used within the last year?
  • Make a list of everyone you need to notify about your move: friends & family (that part is optional), utilities, credit cards, subscriptions, etc.
  • If some of your goods are to be stored, make the necessary arrangements now.

Three to Four Weeks Before Move

  • Contact coverage companies (auto, homeowners, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.
  • If you're packing yourself, purchase moving boxes, tape and packing paper from Efficient Moving.  Begin packing the items that you won't be needing in the next month.
  • Label boxes with your last name, the room where it’s going at your new home (on the top and at least one side), and a brief summary of the contents.
  • Submit a Change of Address form to USPS and the BMV (available links on our Tools & Tips page).
  • Notify doctors, dentist, and other service providers.
  • Schedule loading dock, elevators and parking space reservations for the move day at both origin and destination addresses (if needed).
  • Collect important papers (insurance coverage, will, deeds, stocks, passport, etc.).
  • Make all necessary changes to your bank accounts, safety deposit box and financial institution.

Two Weeks Before Move

  • Have your car checked and serviced for the trip.  Also, make sure that your fuel tank is full for move day.
  • Contact utility companies (gas, electric, water, phone, cable/internet, home security and trash collection) for service disconnect/connect at your old and new addresses.  However, remember to keep utilities connected at your current home throughout moving day.
  • Make arrangements for kids and pets on move day as necessary.
  • Make arrangements for disassembly of specialty items (pool table, trampolines, swingsets, etc.).
  • Be sure to have time off from work to prepare for the move and be present on move day.

One Week Before Move

  • Don't forget to pick up any dry cleaning, return the neighbors shovel, etc.
  • Give away plants and chemicals that cannot be moved.
  • Prepare specific information for your movers.  Include your itinerary, emergency/backup numbers, any special directions to your new home, etc.
  • Change subscription address with all newspapers and magazines.
  • Contact us to confirm your move date and arrival time, and any additional questions or details.

Two to Three Days Before the Move

  • Have any major appliances that are being moved disconnected and prepared for the move.
  • Pack an "open first" box of items that will be needed immediately at your new home.  Have this box loaded last or carry it with you in your car.
  • Remove fragile and loose items from drawers and pack in small moving boxes.
  • Set aside and clearly mark all personal items that you're taking with you in your car so that they don't get loaded on the truck in error.
  • Drain gas and oil from power equipment (lawn mower, snow blower, etc.)
  • Disconnect propane tank from gas grill.  The movers cannot transport propane tanks.

One Day Before the Move Day

  • Defrost, drain, wash and dry your freezer and refrigerator.  Block doors open so they can't accidentally close on pets or children.
  • Disconnect your electronics (stereo, speakers, DVD, computer, video game console, etc.) and pack them in a moving box or original box and packaging.
  • Consolidate clearly marked boxes of fragile items into one area of your home.
  • Identify furniture that is fragile or has been previously damaged.
  • Label furniture items that are not intended for transport by your movers.
  • Set aside keys, checkbook, passport, cash, credit cards and medications so that you can transport these items in your car.
  • Clear the walkway, driveway, porch, sidewalk and entryways for the movers.
  • Go out to eat at a fancy deserve it!

Day of the Move

  • Alert your moving crew of the fragile boxes to be moved, and any boxes that you are taking with you in your car.
  • Show the movers what pieces of furniture are fragile, previously damaged, or not being moved during the pre-move walkthrough.
  • Point out the boxes you would like to have unloaded first (kitchen, bathroom, kids toys, etc.), or if they are going into storage.
  • Have a layout of where you would like items to be placed in your new home.
  • Pack your bedding into a large moving box.
  • Pack your cooler with the food you are taking with you.

Before the Movers Leave the Origin

  • The driver will give you an expected time of delivery to the destination.  Keep in mind that a lunch break may be necessary to fuel those hard working muscles and keep the movers from getting "hangry".
  • Ask the driver for their cell phone number in the event that you may be delayed for the unload.
  • Be sure that the driver has all contact phone numbers to reach you or someone you have appointed to delegate the unload at the destination.
  • Check with the driver that the directions to your new home are accurate and inform the driver of any issues that may prevent them from a direct delivery (construction, closed roads, limited access roads, better shortcuts for trucks, incorrect information on the route, etc.).
  • Take one last sweep of the house with your crew leader.  Look through all closets, shelves, in the garage, attic, crawl space, under the stairs, on the walls and any place else things may be hiding.

Post Move

  • Unpack boxes that are high priority and store boxes that do not need unpacked yet (holiday decor, seasonal clothing, etc.).
  • Arrange kitchen and bathroom cabinets first so you can easily access necessities.
  • Have a dinner and movie night to christen the new home.
  • Flatten all boxes by cutting the tape with a knife or scissors, and call our office to arrange pick-up when finished unpacking.

Complete the Efficient Moving Checklist

  • Try to complete all the tasks on the moving checklist prior to move day so that you can be home during the loading process.
  • Many times the movers will have questions that only you can answer.  It is important that you or someone you've designated be available throughout the loading/unloading process.

Moving with Kids

Children love a good adventure and will most likely embrace the moving process if they are involved in all aspects along the way.  Asking for their help, fun projects and small packing tasks can incorporate your kids so that they can better adjust to relocating to their new home and help reduce your stress levels.

Here are some tips for moving with children and getting your kids excited about your move.

  • Tell your children about the move as soon as possible so they don't overhear the news by accident
  • Talk with them, sharing the details you think they'll understand - ask about and listen to their reactions
  • Children of different ages respond differently to a move. For example:
    • Younger children tend to miss familiar people like a favorite teacher, as well as safe and secure environments like church, school or even their bedrooms
    • Older children, especially teenagers, tend to miss their friends and others in the community with whom they have relationships
  • Involve your children in all aspects of your relocation, if possible, including house hunting, planning the move and tasks that are age appropriate
  • Have children help pack a special box with their most treasured possessions - they can even decorate the outside of the box so they can quickly identify it in your new home
  • Ask for their input on decorating or arranging things in their new rooms
  • Encourage your children to take the time to say good-bye to neighborhood friends
  • You may want to arrange for someone to take care of the kids (and pets) while the movers are packing and loading your items. Have the caregiver bring the kids back home prior to the truck leaving as it important for young children to understand where their belongings are going.

The above tips for moving with children are suggestions for ways to get your kids involved with the move and prevent them from becoming maladjusted in their new living situation. Also, letting the kids help pack and house hunt can be of great assistance to you during the busy time of moving. After all, everyone needs a little extra help packing. It makes your kids feel special and needed in this important time of transition.


Moving with Pets

It’s natural for pets to want to be at the center of the action in a household.  Unfortunately, though, that’s a particularly dangerous place for them to be on moving day.  We suggest asking a relative, friend, or sitter to care for your pets off-site on moving day.  If that’s not possible, we recommend close on-site adult supervision and care.  If your pet is confined to a bathroom, let your crew leader know so that they will not accidentally open the door.


Severe Weather Hazards

Movers face two very different weather-related health and safety risks: dehydration from extreme heat in summer, and trip and fall hazards from snowy and icy conditions in winter.  We come prepared with our own water in summer, but on especially hot days we each need to drink as much as 2 gallons of water (yup, we sweat a ton).  In winter, you can help keep us safe by having your driveway, walkways, and steps cleared of snow and ice.  Thanks in advance for caring about our safety!


Clear walkways

  • Make it safe and easy for your movers to get in and out of your house by removing all obstructions:
  • Move potted plants and planters from front porch, walkways and driveways.
  • Remove all door mats and rugs. The crew will protect the floors with a specially designed floor pads.
  • Remove low hanging items such as wind chimes or hanging plants.