If possible, pack your electronics in their
original cartons and packing material.
If not available, make sure your mover
provides professional packing materials.
Disconnect your wiring and code it with
colored tape to make reinstallation easier
at your new location. Back up important
files on your computer’s hard drive, and
if it has a CD-ROM drive, make sure it’s
Precious Car Go! If your moving
company is transporting your vehicle,
make sure your car has no obvious fluid
leaks, and secure your battery in the
mounting bracket. Have your car cleaned
so that movers can perform a valid quality
inspection on moving day (a dirty car
might limit your ability to file a claim on
major damage). Make sure that your gas
tank has at least 1/8 tank of fuel, and
disconnect, disable or turn off all alarm
systems. Remove all non-permanent
luggage racks, bike racks or ski racks on
the exterior of your car, and take out any
personal items from your car’s interior.
And last, but certainly not least, have an
extra set of car keys and alarm remote
ready to hand over to the moving team,
as well as a working phone number where
you may be contacted.
Make Advance Reservations: Depending
on where you live, you might need to
obtain a parking permit for the moving
truck or van. Also, if you live in a high-rise building, you should check to see if
you need to reserve use of the elevator.
Smile and File: Gather and organize your
important documents in advance and have
them ready to go, you never know if you
might need access to them in your new
home. Never place these items in the trunk
of your car. A short list of documents to
take with you includes birth certificates,
life insurance policies, medical and dental
records, real estate documents and school
records. Other helpful items include
an address book, appliance manuals,
appraisals for high-value items, and your
copy of the household goods descriptive
THE DAY OF THE MOVE
Get in the Zone: The safety zone, that is.
Anything that you wish to take with you
and NOT have packed should be placed
within an area that you identify to the
movers as the “Do Not Pack – Do Not
Move Zone.” This would include anything
from your important papers and documents, luggage, medications, travel clothing
and toiletries, and favorite toys for the kids.
Create a First Night Care Kit: Separate
the items you will need the most when
you first arrive in your new home and have
the movers pack and load them separately
so they will be the first to unload in your
new home. If you are putting items into
storage and you need special items for a
temporary living situation, clearly mark
and separate these items before the mover
arrives. Some items to consider for your
First Night Care Kit include alarm clocks, a
can opener, first-aid items, clean sheets and
pillow cases, toiletries, a flashlight, extension cords, basic tools and hardware from
1. Medical Records: Obtaining copies of your medical records
including your dentist, veterinarian and vaccine-immunization
information can often be overlooked. In some cases, a
notarized letter is required to receive the official documentation.
2. School Records: Your child’s permanent school records are
usually required when registering your child at a new school.
Often, copies will not be sufficient, and records with a raised
seal will be necessary.
3. Garage Door Opener: Many people often forget to take the
electric garage door opener out of their car before leaving.
Remember to leave the opener for the new tenants
4. Safe Deposit Box Items: Many people forget to retrieve
important documents from their safe deposit box.
5. Local Business Errands: Remember to complete transactions with
local businesses (for example, picking up your dry cleaning).
6. Your New Address: In the flurry of preparing for the move, you
may often forget your forwarding address – important information
when forwarding periodicals and credit card bills, as well as
keeping in touch with old friends.
7. Spare House Keys: The collection of spare house keys can
often be forgotten. Whether it means getting them from neighbors
who kept them, or retrieving them from under the rock next to
the front door, don’t forget to gather all sets before you depart.
8. Don’t Forget the Pets! In most cases, moving companies
cannot transport animals or plants. Remember to make
arrangements for their transfer.
9. Cleaning: Although your focus will be on your new home or
apartment, you can’t forget about preparing the old residence for your exit. Remember to leave out cleaning supplies for the final “once over” before closing the door for
good, or make arrangements in advance for a service to
clean it for you.
THE 9 MOST FORGOTTEN ITEMS in a move