Moving Prep and Tips

Careful planning and efficient packing can make any move a breeze

Moving Prep and Tips

When you’re planning for a move, keep in mind that almost everything will take longer to do than you expect. The best way to keep on track is to plan ahead and stay organized. This site is filled with helpful resources so you can do more and save more.

8 Week Timeline

Spread your tasks throughout the eight weeks leading up to the move.


  • Line up movers or look into truck rental prices if you're doing it yourself.
  • Make an inventory of everything you own.
  • Decide what goes in the truck, car or trash.
  • Consider where you want to place furniture in your new home.


  • Clear out your closets. Be ruthless!
  • Have a yard sale.
  • Transfer your children’s academic records to their new school.
  • Transfer medical records to your new doctor.


  • Reserve a truck or trailer for a DIY move.
  • Confirm the booking with your moving company.
  • Arrange to have the movers come over two days before moving day, if they are packing for you.
  • Get boxes and packing tape, if you are doing it yourself.
  • Start packing out-of-season clothing and other items you won’t need right away.
  • Fill out change-of-address cards at the post office.
  • Notify friends, family, the bank and your insurance agent of your new address.
  • Pre-order any new appliances, furniture, dishes and cutlery.
  • Send a change-of-address e-mail to any magazines you subscribe to.
  • Make copies of important papers, such as birth certificates, passports, medical and dental records.


  • Arrange to have the utilities disconnected a few days after the move.
  • Get the utilities set up at your new residence.
  • Start packing room by room.
  • Arrange for a babysitter on moving day if you need one.
  • If necessary, reserve the freight elevator in your building for moving day.


  • Arrange to move plants and pets.
  • Dispose of items you’re not allowed to move, such as gasoline and propane.
  • Keep packing.
  • Line up helpers to assist with loading your rental truck.
  • Consider hiring a plumber or electrician to disconnect appliances you plan to move.


  • Open your new bank accounts if you’re making a long-distance move.
  • Make sure you have enough medication to last through the move.
  • Have your doctor write a new prescription you can fill after you move.
  • Defrost the refrigerator two days before you move.

The Top 5 Overlooked Moving Tips

Be safe, have the right tools for the job, pack by group and pack the truck by box size.

  • Be safe. Know your limits: Be cautious when using utility knives and attempting to lift heavy objects. Employ the use of furniture dollies and hand trucks for heavier boxes and keep floors, walkways and stairways clear of debris to help prevent accidents.
  • The right tools for the job: Keep important and delicate items safe with appropriate packing supplies such as heavy duty boxes, bubble and foam cushioning, glass packing kits, furniture covers and moving blankets.
  • Pack by group:

o Clothing – Easy-to assemble wardrobe boxes make packing clothing quick and frustration free by allowing clothing to stay on hangers.
o Furniture – Utilize stretch film wrap to prevent furniture from being damaged or soiled during your move.
o Kitchen – Employ the use of heavy-duty boxes and glass-packing kits for delicate kitchen items and small appliances to prevent damage. When transporting food that may leak, line your box with a plastic trash bag in case of spillage.
o Electronics – Anti-static bubble cushion and foam not only protects large electronics from damage, it also provides static protection. There are special box systems specifically designed for the packing and storage of large-screen televisions.

  • Pack the truck by box size: Stack boxes from heaviest to lightest – keeping heavy duty boxes on the bottom with the smaller, lighter boxes stacked on top.
  • Plan for more than you think: Determine how many supplies you’ll need with our easy-to-use moving calculator and start packing as soon as possible to minimize the need for a frantic rush when the big day arrives.