Last minute details
Day before moving day.
- Identify any extra-fragile items needing special attention. If certain items should not be packed or moved, mark them appropriately.
- Label any items or boxes you will want first when the truck arrives at your new home (valuables, electronics, etc.).
- If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Upon arrival, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been properly packed
- Make it a point to be on hand to see that all of your goods are loaded; remain close by until loading is complete. After making a final tour of the house, check and sign the inventory list. Be sure to get your copy from the van operator and keep it safe.
- High-Value Inventory form: complete and sign stating whether or not items of extraordinary value are included in the shipment.
- Bill of Lading/Freight Bill: includes the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment.
- Be sure to let the van operator know how you can best be reached, pending the arrival of your belongings.
- Be on hand to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, be sure to authorize an adult to be your representative to accept delivery and pay the moving charges for you.
- Check your household goods as they are unloaded. If you notice any damage or that something is missing, personally report any it to your salesperson or move coordinator.
- When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including placing of rugs and setting up any beds that were disassembled at origin.
- It always helps to have a guide. Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance, so the movers can determine where each piece of furniture should go.
Settling in after your move
- It is time to make it official! Check in with your new post office for any mail being held and ask for delivery to begin.
- Check state (and local) requirements for auto registration and a driver's license.
- You may want to select an attorney to discuss laws that pertain to your destination state, county and/or city. Be sure to cover such matters as wills, transfers of property and investments, insurance regulations, inheritance laws, taxes, etc. Most laws affect a family as soon as residence is established in the new state and city.
Change your address and start packing
- Notify the post office of change of address. An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service website.
- Change your address with your banks, insurance providers, credit cards and magazine subscriptions.
- Start packing!! Begin packing all but essential items
Give away, sell, toss or recycle anything you do not need
- Go through every room in your house to sort through what will move with you and what will not. Have extra stuff? Organize a garage sale or online sale to get rid of anything you won't be taking with you.
- Donate any unwanted clothing, furniture or other household goods (pots, pans, dishes, bedding, etc.) to your favorite charities in town. Don’t forget to grab receipts showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
- Toss or recycle anything that can’t be donated, sold or gifted. Keep in mind there might be a limit as to what you can put at the curb each week.
Request for in-home estimate
- Set a convenient date for On-Demand Moving Service agent to visit your home and determine the size and weight of your belongings.
- Is your company paying for the move? If so, refer to their policy to determine the moving services the mover will be authorized to perform.
- Select your mover NOT based on the cheapest price but on reputation, reviews and references.
Inform your friends and family
- Make sure the important people in your life know about your move and how to stay in touch with you. Start scheduling any goodbye parties or farewell stops.
- If you have children, start preparing them for the transition. Give them time to say goodbye to important people and places.
- If you are driving to your new home, get your car tuned and ready for the trip.
- If you are flying, make sure you book your air travel and any other necessary transportation. Book any hotels or stops you’ll need to make along the way.
Plan for your pets
- Make sure you have made travel plans for your pets. If you need to board them or leave them with friends, confirm those plans now. Take your pets to the vet and ensure you have any required health certificates or inoculations – every state has different requirements.
- Have you confirmed all the details with your move coordinator? Please do so
Start counting down....
These days, change is the only constant and when it happens, Americans aren't afraid to pack up their belongings and find new digs. Is your family growing? Are you in search of lower rent or moving to live in a better home? Has a new job or job transfer landed you in a new city? Whatever the reason for your move, getting everything you own from one home to another can be difficult to orchestrate. So, rather than just play it by ear and hope everything gets done in time, it's a good idea to make a solid plan well in advance of your move. What kinds of things should be included in your relocation strategy?
Review and sign your estimate and book your move
- Review your estimate and try to understand each section. We are here to help every step of the way throughout your move.
- Lock in your move-out date and confirm your move.
- Contact your insurance agent, and ask them about your homeowner’s policy to determine whether your possessions are covered when moving.
You do not feel like packing, just relax and we'll take care of it.
Sometimes packing can be more stressful than the move itself. If that's the case for you, we can step in and take care of it. We're packing specialists trained in the art of the perfect pack. Here are a few packing options to take the annoyance out of your move.
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The Full Pack
We carefully pack all your stuff in our specially designed moving boxes. We've got everything covered – boxes, tape, paper, etc. Then if you like, we'll unpack it all in your new home too. Just relax and enjoy your coffee!
The Kitchen Pack
We'll pack everything in your kitchen, except for the sink. The kitchen is the most requested packing service we offer. Your breakables are always safe with us.
Single Item Pack
You tell us what you want packed. We bring the boxes you’ll need, and help you pack just those items or rooms. Simple as that.
Remember our FREE Wardrobe Service
Leave your wardrobe to us. In one quick swoop we'll collect all your hanging items, neatly pack them in our convenient wardrobe boxes and safely hang them in your new home.