Moving Out and Moving In!


Moving day really starts the evening before, with a good night’s sleep. Moving day can be a long one and you’ll need to be sharp and full of energy to handle the day. Taking the day off from work or moving on a weekend will be a big advantage so you can focus your attention on the task at hand. If you have children you will probably want to get a babysitter during the loading and unloading process and you should keep pets in a room where they are not in the way. Moving day may seem overwhelming as it arrives upon you but there is no need to feel stress. Our helpful tips will take you through the day, making sure that you don’t miss a beat.
  • Clean your house the best you can before the movers arrive. You will want to search every room and closet, making sure you are leaving nothing behind. The movers should contact you at least 24 hours prior to their expected arrival time, so this will give you ample time to prepare for their arrival.

  • Be on hand when the movers arrive. We highly recommend that unless is it simply not feasible, you should spend as much time at your home during the move as possible. This gives you the maximum control over the activities of your moving companies.

  • If you can’t be present during the move then you will have to designate a trusted person to be there making decisions for you. Be sure your representative is fully briefed and the movers are aware that this person has authority. They may be asked to sign documents obligating you to charges.

  • Turn over keys, garage door remote control devices and alarm codes to the new owner or real estate agent. Provide new owners with all warranties and manuals for the appliances that you are leaving behind.

  • Stay home until the last item is packed. Make a final inspection before the movers depart to make sure that nothing has been missed. Check the mover’s inventory and make sure you agree with any notations.

  • You may want to take photos of the furniture before it is packed so that you have photographic proof of your item’s conditions before they were packed and loaded onto the moving truck. It is your responsibility to see that all the goods are loaded to your satisfaction.

  • You should leave your phone connected throughout moving day. Pack your home phone in a carry on bag when you leave and remember to plug it in as soon as you get to the new home. You should have your new phone company activate the line the day before you arrive just to be safe and to ensure you have phone service at your new residence.

  • Provide the movers with clear directions to your new home. Be sure to indicate if there are any challenges in getting the moving truck to your new home as this may require the moving company to schedule different equipment to transport your items to your home. You should also provide phone numbers where you can be reached at your new destination, including a cell phone, if you have one.

  • If you wish to have your goods unpacked, you will have to order this service in advance. Otherwise, it is still best to be there when the moving companies are unloading the truck. Review your floor plan and tell the movers where to place furniture and appliances.

  • When you sign the inventory sheet you are acknowledging your receipt of all items. It is important to document the loss or damage of any item on the inventory sheet. Report this to your moving agent.

  • Payment will most likely be required in cash, traveler’s checks, money order or cashier’s check. Personal checks are not normally accepted unless arrangements were made in advance. If you plan to pay with a credit card, you will need to confirm in advance that this form of payment will be accepted by your moving company. You are required by law to pay upon delivery for interstate moves.

  • Verify that all your utilities in your old home have been disconnected and all utilities in your new home have been connected.

  • It is advised that you wait 24 hours after delivery to use stereos, televisions, computers, or other electronic devices. They may have been exposed to more extreme temperatures during the move and it is best to let them adjust to room temperature in order to prevent possible damages.

While this is a long list of things to keep in mind, the most important thing is to stay calm and stay cool and stick to your plan. If you can handle these things, your move will have a high likelihood of success.