“Organization is the key to having a great moving experience,” says
Charlie Morse, General Manager of Ward North American Van
Lines. “Any move is stressful, but being prepared makes all the difference in whether you look back later on your move as a wonderful
introduction to your new home, or as a very traumatic time.” Morse
says that the best moves are the ones that are planned well in advance
before moving day. Using an experienced, professional moving
service can help you maximize the most of your time, and alleviate
your moving anxieties by helping you anticipate potentially tricky
In addition to their expert packing services, professional moving
companies often offer additional care protection up front before the big
move. “Check with your homeowner’s policy to make sure your items
are covered in case something unforeseen happens,” advises Morse.
“If they aren’t, you can often buy additional coverage from your insurance company, or moving insurance from us. That way, your goods are
insured against anything that could happen during transit – including
road accidents, tornadoes, lightning and even van fires.”
Remember that a packer’s job is to do exactly that: pack. “The
packing team doesn’t pick and choose what goes, they just pack
everything,” explains Morse. “They don’t have any bias on what you
want to take or not. Often when people do their own packing, they
spend valuable time thinking, ‘Do I need this or not?’ It takes our
people less time because they don’t worry about that. So, unless you
tell them otherwise, everything goes.
As a result of the “everything goes” philosophy of packing, be sure to
keep your personal items that you want to take with you on your trip
in a “safety zone.” Tell the packers and the movers that these items
are going with you, and not to pack them.
As for making sure your possessions arrive on time, Morse says
worried soon-to-be Texans should relax. “Many of our trucks are
equipped with GPS tracking systems, so all they have to do is plug in
your new address and they’ll find you. And, the driver will give you
his phone number so you can keep in touch with him in transit along
the journey. We do our best to get your possessions from Point A to
Point B safely.”
ON YOUR MARK: A FEW WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Get Rid of It: Once you’ve decided to go for it, make a major
purge of all your unnecessary goods and possessions. Have a yard
sale, donate your unwanted items for a tax write-off, advertise
them in the newspaper or on Craigslist.com. Getting rid of extra
things you don’t need makes for a cleaner move, and drops the
shipping weight and bulk.
Meet and Greet: If you’re using a moving company, an agent will
meet with you at your home and conduct a survey of the items
you want to move to your new home. Some of the points your
moving agent will review with you include the items you want
to move and the items you will leave behind, items that will go
into storage, care and handling of items of exceptional value, and
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