Life can be busy enough without the added to-dos that come with moving. But instead of letting moving overwhelm you at the last minute, keep organized with this moving preparation list.


  • If you are being relocated by your company, verify what your company relocation policy covers and what you will be responsible for.
  • Start to inventory your belongings and decide which items to get rid of, which to take, where to put them in your new place, and which items (if any) need to go into short-term or long-term storage.


  • Mail change of address cards to:
    • Post office
    • Social security
    • Insurance companies
    • Credit card companies
    • Credit bureau and/or other creditors
    • Employer (to forward W2s)
    • Car registration
    • Broker
    • Mail order accounts
    • Department of motor vehicles
    • Magazines
    • Friends and relatives
  • Arrange to clean furniture, drapes, etc. if necessary.
  • Gather personal records (medical, dental, etc.)
  • Arrange to transfer children’s school records.
  • Check homeowner’s insurance policies to see if moving is covered. Be sure your new home is protected by transferring fire, theft and other personal-property insurance.
  • If you live in a home, start to pack. If you live in an apartment, you should start packing later on.


  • Make arrangements to discontinue current service/schedule start-up of new service for:
    • Telephone service
    • Telephone listings
    • Cable TV
    • DSL/Cable/Phone line for internet access
    • Electricity (check for refund)
    • Gas (check for refund)
    • Fuel oil
    • House cleaners
    • Babysitters
    • Diaper service
    • Water
    • Water softener
    • Parking
    • Other: ________________________
  • Have appliances serviced for shipment.
  • If you live in a large apartment, start to pack.


  • Arrange to transfer local bank accounts.
  • Ask doctor and dentist for medical records if you’re moving out of area. They may also be able to recommend a colleague near your new home.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery.
  • Return borrowed items. Collect items you’ve loaned, had in lay-away, cold storage, etc.
  • Refill all prescriptions.
  • Make arrangements to move pets. Confirm that mover will move houseplants; if not, make arrangements.
  • Start to disassemble any shelving, closet systems, etc. that you plan to take.
  • If you live in a small apartment, start to pack.


  • Pack in separate boxes items necessary for first days in new home: Label “LOAD LAST.”
    • Medicine (always keep prescriptions on your person)
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Linens and towels
    • Toothbrushes and toiletries
    • Paper goods
    • Disposable plates and silverware
    • Foil and wax paper
    • Plastic containers
    • Microwave
    • Vacuum cleaner
    • Garbage bags
    • Tool kit
    • Step ladder
    • Extension cord
    • Light bulbs
    • Cleaning items (mop and pail, broom and dust pan, etc.)
  • If a mover is packing all or part of your goods, call to schedule/confirm.
  • Plan to use up most food items before the move. If you have any leftover food on moving day, donate it.


  • Defrost and dry refrigerators/freezers to be moved.
  • Gather valuables and important documents from jewelry cases, safe deposit box, etc. to take with you in car. Do not pack these items with your other belongings.


Moving Out

  • Arrange to be on hand for last minute details and to give directions to movers.
  • Leave the whole day for your move. Don’t plan to go back to work, arrange a dinner date, etc.
  • Have payment for movers on hand. Avoid having to run out to bank, ATM, etc. Have tips ready for movers, doorman, nanny, etc.
  • Before leaving, check each room and closet.
  • When you leave, turn off lights, close windows and lock doors.

Moving In

  • Supervise placement of boxes and furniture.
  • Check for damages. Inspect large items; look for boxes that are crushed or open. Inform the moving foreman and review the claims procedure with him.
  • Go back to the truck. Make sure nothing was left behind. Check all the compartments where fragile items are often kept for their protection.



Don’t want to pack everything yourself? No, problem.  We are also very happy to pack or unpack for you.

The Basics

  • Tape the bottom of every box; tape the top closed tightly when full. Run two strips of tape along the side and one strip down the center. (If the box is still not strong enough, apply more tape on the sides.)
  • Use small boxes for heavier items; larger boxes for light weight, bulky items.
  • Wrap small and/or fragile items individually.
  • Stuff the top, bottom and sides of boxes with paper. This helps prevent shifting, rubbing and possible breakage.
  • Stack boxes to the top to prevent them from being crushed. But don’t pack fragile items too tightly. Stuff with paper.
  • Label the contents of every box and the room where it belongs. Group boxes together that belong in the same room. Label any boxes/items “STORAGE” that you plan to store before, during or after your move.

Don’t Pack These Items

  • Money, securities, valuable papers or jewelry. Keep them with you.
  • Flammable items: aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, etc.
  • Perishable times: frozen foods, produce, plants, etc.
  • Soaps, polishes or medicines.
  • Kitchenware or other heavy items in boxes with dishware.

Dishware and Glasses

  • Use double corrugated boxes wherever possible.
  • Cushion the bottom with rolled up paper.
  • Wrap each piece individually.
  • Bundle flatware in groups of three and wrap the bundle.
  • Don’t place one layer of dishware directly on top of another; separate with a layer of stuffed paper.
  • Cushion the top and sides with paper to prevent shifting. The steadier the contents, the less the chance of damages is.


  • Put hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes.
  • Place shoes in medium size boxes. Use paper to protect and keep pairs separated.
  • Place non hanging clothes in medium size/linen size boxes.

Pictures & Frames

  • Use a picture box.
  • Line bottom of box with paper.
  • Place picture in box, then stuff front, back and along the top with paper.
  • It is sometime possible to pack more than one picture in a box.
  • Packing of pictures is always required for long distance moves or moves into storage.
  • On a local move there is no need to pack your large pictures. The movers will deal with them on the day of the move.


  • If possible, pack in original cartons. If not, pack each item in ample amounts of bubble wrap and/or white paper.
  • Color code wiring with color stickers and colored cord wraps for easy re-installation.


Don’t want to pack everything yourself? No, problem.  We are also very happy to pack or unpack for you.

Have more questions? We’re happy to help.
Call us at 901-610-PACK (7225).