A MONTH BEFORE THE MOVE
- Reserve a moving company for your move as soon as you know you are moving. If you need packing assistance, Wecan also pack up your house, apartment, or condo for you.
- Most of our movers have boxes available for you.
- Start to clean out closets, the garage, and attic.
- Host a garage sale or donate your unwanted things to charity.
- Arrange to transfer school records.
- Get change of address cards from your local post office or change your address online.
- Notify magazines, charge accounts, insurance companies, clubs, and all other organizations of your change of address.
ONE TO TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE
- Make a “survival closet” of things you will need for the final clean-up and include snacks for the last day.
- If you decide to pack yourself, label all moving boxes as you pack. Write the destination room on the top and sides of each moving box to ensure it gets to the right place in your new home. If you’re pressed for time, or overwhelmed with packing, we offer full service packing.
- Schedule disconnects for utilities such as gas, electric, water and the telephone. If you have a landline, do not disconnect it until after your move. Arrange for refunds that are due, and schedule connections for your new residence.
- Cancel newspapers, Internet, cable TV, security, pest control, cleaning help, lawn maintenance, and any other services you receive.
THE WEEK OF THE MOVE
- Mail in your change of address forms.
- Clean the stove and finish up any last minute cleaning before move day.
- Finish up packing and be sure all items are boxed and ready to go prior to the movers’ arrival.
- Think about where your kids and pets will be during the time of the move, and if necessary, plan for them to go to a relative or friend’s house during that time.
- Ensure you have transportation to your new home for yourself, family, and pets.
THE DAY BEFORE THE MOVE
- Read through the official TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® pre-move email to ensure you’re up-to-date on everything that will take place when the movers arrive.
- Ensure all breakables have been removed from dresser drawers and packed away properly.
- Gather firearms or ammunition to be moved yourself, as these items cannot be transported by our movers.
- Clean the refrigerator, then defrost and dry.
- Get enough cash to tide you over. Cash comes in handy if you need to order pizza during your move, or dinner in your new place!
- Say goodbye to your neighbors!
DAY OF THE MOVE
- Create a safe path for the movers to navigate by clearing your driveway of objects, snow, or ice.
- Pack your suitcase and day of the move box with all necessary essentials to get you through the next few days in case you don’t get to unpacking right away.
- Be sure you’re present when the movers arrive so you can walk them through the home and indicate what you need moved.
- Once all belongings are loaded onto the moving truck, be sure to do one more walkthrough and lock all windows and outside doors, in addition to checking all lights and your thermostat are off before heading to your new home.
Your Moving Checklist
Boxes, Tape & Bubble Wrap
Safety Gloves & Safety Boots
Roadmap A to Z
Parking Permits For New Home
Empty Old Trash Cans
Update Licenses & Documentation
Moving can feel a bit like a circus. There are a lot of things to keep track of, and it’s easy to forget about all the little things. We understand that it’s stressful, which is why we’ll do everything we can to help make things easier on you.
We’re happy to share our expert moving secrets with you! The key to a smooth moving experience is being highly organized. You don’t want to feel frazzled and rushed on moving day. If you take the time to plan things out before the big day, your move will be a breeze. Don’t worry, it’s a whole lot easier than you think!
Our advice is to plan ahead as much as possible. About a month or so before your move, it’s smart to start thinking about what to keep and what to get rid of. After all, there’s no point in paying to move items you just don’t need anymore. Once you’ve cleared out all the stuff you don’t want to take with you, you can start packing up all the things you won’t need right away. This is also a good time to arrange cut off/activation dates for your utilities.
The idea is to take care of the biggest things ahead of time, so when it comes to moving day, you won’t have much left to worry about. It’s going to be a busy day, so you don’t want to have too much left to tackle. If you need some help with planning, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered!