Moving Tips

Two Months before Move Day

  • Contact Thoughtful Moving to make your reservation for the day you want to move.
  • Take an inventory of your household goods
  • Begin to remove clutter from the closets, garage and other storage areas of your home.
  • Start a file for all of your moving paperwork. Arrange the transfer of school records.
  • Get your new home ready. Contact cleaners, painters and remember to change the locks

Six Weeks before Move Day

  • Start using food and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.
  • Clean all closets and drawers.
  • Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
  • Complete post office change of address cards.

Four Weeks before Move Day

  • If you are doing your own packing, purchase packing materials and get started.
  • Schedule disconnection of utility services at old home and connection at your new home.
  • Make arrangements for transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
  • Plan your moving sale. Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions.

Three Weeks before Move Day

  • Confirm details with Thoughtful Moving.
  • If you live in or are moving to a building with an elevator, arrange for use of the elevator.
  • If necessary, make child-care arrangements for moving day.
  • Hold your moving sale.

Two Weeks before Move Day

  • Arrange to donate or dispose of anything not sold at your move sale.
  • Return library books and any borrowed items.
  • Cancel or change newspaper delivery.
  • Assemble a file of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
  • Send change of address cards to anyone who will need to contact you or go online to to change your address.
  • Pick up laundry / dry cleaning.

One Day before Move Day

  • Let movers pack your belongings (unless you’ve done it yourself).
  • Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.
  • Pack a box of items that will be needed first the new house. Marked “Load Last”.
  • Obtain cash, money order or cashier’s check to pay movers.

Move Day

  • Be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions the movers may have.
  • Double check your home before leaving to make sure you have not left anything behind.
  • Supervise unloading and unpacking.