6 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

  • Work-related move? If your employer is paying for the move get clarification on how much of the move will be paid for and your specific responsibilities related to the move..
  • Get three estimates from movers that, ideally, were recommended by a family or a friend or alternatively, research reputable moving companies and remember that if you’re more comfortable dealing with a mover that charges $10 per hour more than the other guys, over an 8 hour move it only works out to $80, so it may be worth the peace of mind.
  • Purge! If you don’t need it; Sell it, have a garage sale; Donate it; to a charity, friend or someone you know or have it recycled. Just don’t move unwanted items.
  • Start getting your boxes! Pro Moves can sell you brand new corrugated boxes or used boxes through our recycled box program or you can even rent plastic moving bins from us. We also sell all the supplies that you’ll need including; tape, bubble-wrap; plain newsprint etc.
  • Arrange your address change through the post office. Remember to notify: relatives, friends, creditors, schools, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, newspapers, magazines, etc.
  • Plan on using up your frozen food.
  • Book flights, car rentals and arrange to have your personal vehicles delivered if required.

5 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

  • Book a storage facility near your new residence if in you’re not taking immediate possession.
  • Confirm with your insurance company or broker that your belongings are covered during the move. If additional insurance is necessary ask your broker about extra coverage or check with your mover. Pro Moves has detailed Insurance information on this web-site (hover over the “Moving” tab then click “Insurance”.
  • Expensive items should be appraised before they’re moved and the mover should be alerted of any expensive items prior to moving day so that special arrangements can be made to ensure proper protection.
  • Apartment buildings and condominiums require that an elevator is reserved well in advance of moving day.

4 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

  • Begin to pack. Start with items that won’t be needed until after your move.
  • Pack and clearly label a box of cleaning supplies; you might need those cleaning supplies for your old and new residences if you don’t have a cleaning service doing that for you. Pro Moves offers a Professional Cleaning Service which can save you the stress of doing it yourself.

3 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

  • Pack items from your attic, garage and storage areas.
  • Confirm address change has been received by the post office.
  • Plants take up a lot of room in a moving truck so if there isn’t sufficient space in the truck for them, have a back-up plan.
  • Movers are prohibited from transporting hazardous materials such as; flammables, paints, ammunition, chemicals, propane tanks etc.
  • Arrange a sitter for children and pets on moving day.

2 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

  • Arrange to have utilities, cable, internet and phone service disconnected/transferred immediately after the move. Arrange to have utilities, cable, internet and phone service connected on the day you plan on occupying your new residence.
  • Keep packing.

1 Week Prior to Moving Day

  • Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator.
  • Refill prescriptions.
  • Confirm your move date and time with your mover.
  • Arrange to have bank accounts transferred.
  • If you plan on paying your movers with cash, withdrawal a sufficient amount.
  • Pack clothes and all other items that need to be moved. Do not yet pack things that you’ll absolutely need the week before the move
  • Drain oil and gas from lawn mowers, snow blowers, snowmobiles, etc.
  • Return library books and movie rentals.
  • Cancel newspaper subscriptions.
  • Keep on packing.

Moving Day

  • Keep important documents, jewelry, money, wallets, purses etc. with you at all times.
  • Designate one person on your side to supervise the move.
  • Carefully review the bill of lading or the moving contract.
  • After everything is moved out, do a final inspection with the crew leader of the moving company.
  • Exchange cell phone numbers with relevant personnel.
  • Set the thermostat to appropriate settings in your old home.
  • Set aside a clearly marked necessities box: This is stuff you’ll need right away in your new home, such as; dishes, utensils, a few pots and pans, coffee pot, can opener, towels, toilet tissue, toothbrush, etc.
  • Lock all windows and doors.
  • Turn off all appliances.
  • Leave keys to your vacated home to the appropriate people.
  • Pack phones and other items you may have left for the last day.
  • Don’t forget the dog or cat!
  • Arrive before the movers do.
  • Confirm that utilities, cable, internet and the phone have been connected.
  • Have the cash ready. Movers will expect it before they unload.
  • Designate someone to direct the movers.
  • Get the movers to put the boxes out of the way because it may take a couple of weeks to unpack your boxes.
  • Inform the Crew Leader of any damaged items.
  • Check the truck before it leaves to make sure that all of your belongings have been off-loaded.