Getting Ready for your Move

If you are moving out of a residence, you'll want to make sure you take care of as many things ahead of time as you can to make your move day as stress-free as possible. It's also best if you can be present when your goods are being loaded onto the truck, in case the drivers have questions or something comes up. Being prepared will allow you to be more available the day of the move. Below are some things to think about and ways to help ensure a smooth move.

Clearly mark and set aside items you don't want loaded

This will remind you to tell the driver what not to load as you conduct your preload walkthrough. Also remember not to pack important paperwork pertaining to your move.

Get rid of trash and flammable items

Moving is a great excuse to clean out closets and drawers. Eliminate as much trash as you can before move day. This will make it easier to unpack, and can save you money on your move.

Many items that are considered flammable cannot be loaded by the driver. You should find out from your moving company what these items are, and make other arrangements or safely dispose of them before move day.

Reserve a parking space and elevator, if necessary

If you live in a congested area, block off a parking spot outside your building (e.g. have friends park in a row along the street and do not move until the truck arrives). The closer the truck can get to your house, the better your chances are of not incurring a long carry charge. Most apartment complexes require you to reserve a specific time slot if you need to use the elevator during your move. Make sure to arrange this ahead of time with your landlord or building manager.

Arrange for disconnection and connection of utilities

Call ahead of time to have utilities disconnected at your old residence and connected at your new residence. It is a good idea to have utilities turned on the day before you move in.

Make plans for your kids and pets on move day

You may want to arrange for someone to take care of your kids and pets while the movers are packing and loading your items. This will free you up to be fully available to the movers. If no one can take your pets for the day, confine them to a room that is out of the way of the movers, so they don't interfer and to keep them from becoming agitated by all of the activity.

Clear walkways

Make it safe and easy for your movers to get in and out of your house by removing all obstructions from walkways and stairs:

  • Move potted plants and planters from front porch, walkways and driveways
  • Remove all door and floor mats
  • Remove all rugs
  • Remove low hanging items such as wind chimes or hanging plants
  • Disconnect the spring on the screen door or prop it open during the loading process

Point out specific items

During the walkthrough with the movers, point out items that are special to you. All your items will be handled professionally, but take a moment to show them which ones are of particular value. Also point out any boxes you would like to have unloaded first at your destination (for example, kitchen and bathroom items or children's toys).

Before the driver leaves...

  • Make sure you understand all the paperwork you sign before the driver leaves. If you find something confusing ask your driver to explain it before you sign it.
  • Provide the driver with your destination contact information. Take down any information the driver can provide such as his cell phone. If something changes, you won't have to wait to be contacted.
  • Find out as many details as you can prior to the driver leaving your residence.
  • If the driver attempts to give you a delivery date, keep in mind that it is really only an estimate at the time of loading. Many factors can change the schedule for the driver, so try to remain flexible. Ask the driver to call you with changes so that you can adjust your plans accordingly. If you have a delivery spread (a sequence of 2 or more days that your shipment can be delivered on and still be considered on time) understand that you can and may be delivered on any one of those days.
  • Take one last sweep of the house before the driver leaves. Look through all closets, shelves, in the garage, attic, crawl space, storage unit, under the stairs, on the walls and any place else things may be hiding. You do not want to find out, after the driver is on the way, that something was left behind.