Moving Day Checklist

  • Do not disconnect phone service until the day after loading. Phone service should be available at the new residence one day prior to anticipated delivery date. Do not forget to have customer-owned telephones packed. This is something that should be done at the last possible moment.
  • Plan meals that will use perishable and frozen foods. You may want to consider giving excess food to a charity, friends, neighbors or relatives. Defrost and dry your refrigerator and freezer the night before pickup. Most moving companies cannot transport frozen or perishable foods.
  • All valuables should be taken with you to your new home. This includes all jewelry, cash, coin collections, and medications as these are excluded from coverage for loss or damage under the mover's responsibility. Value of antiques must be supported with written appraisal from authorized appraiser or original purchase receipt.
  • Insurance policies and other important papers should be taken with you. Do not leave tax forms, birth certificates, bonds, etc. to be packed with household goods.
  • Be prepared to take with you enough clothing to hold the family over until the shipment arrives at destination. If items are to be stored, take into consideration change of seasons for clothing
  • Separate items to be carried with you or not to be moved.
  • Beds will be disassembled and loaded last. You can stay in the home until the day of loading. Remove sheets and blankets yourself.
  • As dressers will be moved full, check all dresser drawers for valuable and breakable items and remove these items so they may be taken with you or packed in a box.
  • Any item permanently affixed to the walls or ceiling should be taken down by you if you wish to have it packed and/or transported on the moving van, unless you are willing to pay an extra fee for additional labor cost.
  • All wines and liquor should be transported by you due to heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter. It will be up to the driver's discretion to take alcohol on the moving van.
  • Change of address forms should be sent to the post office and those sending periodicals. Notify the gas, electric, and phone companies to discontinue service. The utilities should not be turned off until after the load has been completed.
  • Lawn mowers and other gasoline powered engines must be emptied of oil and gas. Also, gas cans that are being transported should be washed out to avoid fumes. If autos are being moved, the gas tank should be 1/4 full or less. The oil level in the automobile should remain at normal level.
  • Trash cans as well as barbecue grills that use charcoal must be washed out prior to leaving. If moving a garden hose, drain as much of the water out as possible and connect the two ends of the hose together to avoid leakage in the van.
  • All items that are flammable or explosive must be transported by you or disposed of prior to moving. Examples are aerosol cans of any kind, propane tanks for barbecue grills (even if empty), fire extinguishers, paints and paint cleaners and ammonia of any kind.
  • All small handguns, including ammunition, should be taken with you. Larger guns will be inventoried with serial numbers and should be made known to the driver.
  • Put soap, towel and washcloth, toilet paper, paper towels, some bed linens, small clock, a few tools, flashlight and a phone in a dresser drawer or a box clearly marked "load last/unload first" for easy access upon arrival at your new home.