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Moving Tips

Common Sense Moving Tips

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  • Get rid of anything you aren't bringing with you to your new home, office or apartment.
  • Dispose of all flammables and household chemicals like old paint and car oil.
  • Make a list of everything you're bringing to your new home or office.
  • Find out the replacement value of all belongings for your insurance purposes.
  • Fill out a USPS change of address form.
  • Notify friends, family and creditors of your new address.
  • Get copies of your medical and dental records, if necessary.
  • Get copies of veterinary records, if necessary.
  • Find out about auto licensing in your new state, if necessary.
  • Notify your children's schools and have their records transferred to the new schools.
  • Make hotel and airline reservations if needed.
  • If driving, get detailed map directions to your new home.
  • Make arrangements to disconnect gas, electric and other utilities.
  • Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new home.
  • Arrange to have major appliances prepared for the move.
  • Figure out what you're bringing with you in the car or plane.
  • Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries you'll need the first day in your new home.
  • Pack a special box with other essentials you'll need for the first few days. (Make sure to mark this box "Do Not Move.")
  • Make sure you have secured permission for our driver to park the truck in a designated location.
  • If we are positioning the truck on a city street, check with the police or traffic enforcement officials for any required permits.
  • If you're at an apartment complex, check with the management office so they know the truck will be there for your entire loading period.
  • If you're taking a refrigerator make sure to empty, defrost and clean it. Give it at least 24 hours to air dry.
  • Someone needs to be at the address where you will load the truck to receive it and to show the driver exactly where to park it.
  • The thing about common sense is…it is not too common.

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