Things to Consider When You are Moving

February 26 2019

You might have a lot of things to consider at the time of moving. However, the thinking has to be done in a timely manner so that you take the required steps on time.

Here is a list of a few things to consider when you are moving:

Get rid of unwanted stuff
You must go through every room of your house and decide what you’d like to keep and what you can dispose of. You can think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.

Make sure to research
You should start investigating moving company options. You must not rely on a quote over the phone. You can request an on-site estimate. You can get an estimate in writing from each company, and make sure it has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number on it when you are moving to a different state. In case you’re moving within a state, keep in mind that there are certain states that require a USDOT number. So, you must check with the specific state. You can check the same with your state’s public utility commission, moving association, or Better Business Bureau.

Consider creating a moving binder
You can use this binder to keep track of everything. This includes all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you’re moving.

Make sure to organize school records
Consider going to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.

Here is a list of things to do Six Weeks Before the move:

Consider ordering supplies
Make sure to order boxes and other supplies such as tape, Bubble Wrap, and permanent markers. You must not forget to order specialty containers, such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.

Make sure to use it or lose it
You can start using up things that you don’t want to move. These might include frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.

Try to take measurements
You can check room dimensions at your new home, if possible. Make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door.

Here is a list of things to do one Month Before the move:

Consider choosing your mover
After proper research, select a company. You must get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.

Start with the packing process
You can begin packing the things that you use most infrequently. At the time of packing, note items of special value that might require additional insurance from your moving company. Ensure to declare, in writing, any items valued over $100 per pound.

Consider labeling
Focus on clearly labeling and numbering each box with its contents. This will assist you to keep an inventory of your belongings. You can pack and label “essentials” boxes of items you’ll need right away.

Keep the valuables separately
Consider adding items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home. Put the mover’s estimate in this box. You might need it for reference on moving day.

Update address
You can go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form. You can also do it online at However, try to ask a close neighbor to look out for mail after you’ve moved. You can check in with him two weeks after the move.

Inform important parties about the move
You must notify banks, brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, and credit card, insurance, and utility companies about your move. No point in keeping it a secret!

Consider forwarding medical records
You can arrange for medical records to be sent to any new health-care providers or obtain copies of them yourself. Consider asking for referrals.

Things to do two Weeks Before the move:

Make arrangements to be off from work on moving day
You must notify your office that you plan to supervise the move and therefore need the day off.

Try to tune up
You can take your car to a garage, and ask the mechanic to consider what services might be required if you’re moving to a new climate.

Try to clean out your safe-deposit box
When you are changing banks, remove the contents of your safe-deposit box. You can put them in the safe box that you’ll take with you on moving day.

Try to contact the moving company
You must contact the moving company to reconfirm the arrangements.

Things to do one Week Before the move:

Try to refill prescriptions
You can stock up on prescriptions you’ll need during the next couple of weeks.

Consider packing your suitcases
Try to aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. You can then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.

Things to do A Few Days Before the move:

Make sure to defrost the freezer
When your refrigerator is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 1 day before moving day.

Check the details well
You must reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the staff. You can include contact information.

Try to plan for the payment
When you haven’t already arranged to pay your mover, get a money order, cashier’s check, or cash for payment and tip. You can consider giving 10 to 15 percent of the total fee as a good tip if you are happy with the team’s performance. You must not forget that refreshments are always appreciated.

Things to do on the Moving Day:

Verify properly
Ensure that the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired. The USDOT number painted on its side should match the number on the estimate you were given.

Consider taking inventory
You must get the bill of lading/inventory list signed by the moving company and keep a copy.