Planning for a move can be a challenge. And although moving can be stressful, you can help yourself by planning ahead. Creating
a timeline one month before your move can help you avoid any last-minute potential problems. Follow these helpful guidelines to
plan your move more efficiently and organize your time.
Use this timeline to plan ahead. If possible, move on a weekday when the roads are less congested and businesses are open
just in case you have any last-minute needs. These easy tips will send you out the door feeling organized and prepared.
- Throw away or donate unwanted items found in closets and drawers.
- Stock up on Boxes
, Labels, and other packing necessities.
- Put important documents such as birth certificates and social security papers in a safe place.
- Alert the post office about your change of address. Notify credit card companies, magazines, and other important agencies
of your new location with a change of address card.
- Discontinue utility, newspaper, and lawn services. Give utility companies a date of when you want to disconnect services, and let them know of your new location.
- Check to see if friends and family can assist you on moving day.
- Arrange for children and pets to be cared for on moving day.
- If necessary, contact your landlord to ensure a parking spot for the moving crew.
- Create a safe and unobstructed pathway for movers by removing rugs, plants, and hanging items.
- Keep items such as ID cards, checkbook, toiletries, keys, and first aid kit in a handy location.
- Finish packing and labeling Boxes
. Keep in mind that dresser drawers and appliances with doors should be secured.
- Disconnect major appliances and other electronics.
- Walk through both residences with movers and take pictures of walls and furniture as needed.
- Let movers know of any valuable or delicate items. Be specific about where you would like certain Boxes
to go at your
- After your belongings are loaded into the truck, do one last walk through to make sure you’re not forgetting anything.
- Inform movers of your destination and any helpful directions. Exchange phone numbers with the driver.
Supplies you will need:
Labels or markers
Scissors or box cutter
or tissue paper for fragile items
- Pack items that are currently in storage and not being used.
- Place similar items in the same box.
- Keep heavier items toward the bottom, and build up from there with lighter things on top.
- Layer tissue paper between items to fill space. Thoroughly cushion fragile pieces.
- Label Boxes
with a code for each room and secure them with Tape
. That way, movers can quickly identify where your things
- should go without wasting time.
How to Package Specific Items
Pack books flat on top of each other, heavier ones on the bottom. Be careful not to pack too many books in one box to avoid
crushing the binding.
Take out the light bulb, remove the lamp shade, and Tape
the cord to the base. Protect lamp parts with Bubble Wrap
or tissue paper
before placing in a box.
Desks and Dressers
Pack light, delicate items in drawers and cushion with clothing or sheets. Do not put heavy items in drawers. Tape
the outside of
the drawers to secure items.
Pots and pans can be stacked but dishes should be wrapped to avoid breakage due to vibration. Avoid stacking dishes flat on top
of each other. Use larger Boxes
to store kitchenware, and do not make the Boxes
Things in frames Such as mirrors or artwork Should be cushioned with tissue paper and placed facedown in a box. For larger
items, use a Frame Box and clearly label as “Fragile.”
Tools for gardening and yard work should be kept together and secured. Drain gas from lawn mower, remove blade, and store
safely in a box with a label. Hoses should be drained before packing.
If you can not get someone to watch your pet, it’s best if cats and small dogs are crated in a pet carrier. Otherwise, keep a leash on
your pet at all times throughout the move. Contact your veterinarian with your questions prior to the move.
Consider donating items you no longer want or need to a local thrift shop, litemovers.com disposal service will drop off items to
GoodWill, Salvation Army, and/or the American Institute for Cancer Research.
litemovers.com offers a junk removal service if you have any large or bulky household items that need to be removed.