Moving Tips

By
Home Inspector with The BrickKicker of the Triad

Finding a Mover 

One of the first things you need to do to prepare for your move is to decide on a mover. When selecting a mover, always obtain a written cost estimate from each moving company. Fees for local moves, 50 miles or less, are usually determined on a hourly basis. Long distance moves generally are priced by load weight and mileage. For long distance moves, purchase protection at full value for each item being moved.

Thirty Days Before

  • Determine what you're going to move and start getting rid of everything else.
  • Decide what you are going to pack yourself and what the movers will pack. 
  • Notify the post office of your new address. Fill out change of address cards.
  • Gather medical and dental records for all family members.
  • Notify schools and arrange to have transcripts and records forwarded to the new schools.
  • Close local charge accounts.
  • Arrange for transportation of pets if they do not tolerate long car trips well.

Two Weeks Before

  • Start packing. Do a little at a time. Don't try to do it all in a day or two.
  • Return borrowed items and reclaim items borrowed from you.
  • Arrange disconnect/connect dates with local utilities.
  • Develop a floor plan to show the movers where you want your belongings placed in your new home.

One Week Before

  • Dispose of all flammable materials. They shouldn't be moved.
  • Dismantle outdoor play or gym equipment and other items that go with you.
  • Transfer bank accounts and contents of safe deposit box.
  • Pack items you want to move yourself and mark "DO NOT MOVE."

One Day Before

  • Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer; let the appliance air out for 24 hours.
  • Finish packing personal items.
  • Get a good nights sleep.

Moving Day

  • Strip beds, but leave fitted bottom sheets on mattresses.
  • Be present to answer mover's questions.
  • Accompany movers through the house for an inventory of things to be moved.
  • Keep children and pets out of the movers' way.
  • Confirm destination address with van operator. Also confirm date of delivery.
  • Close all windows and turn off lights.
  • Lock all doors.


The BrickKicker wishes you the best of luck in your wonderful new home!

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