1. Weed out Unwanted/Unnecessary Items Before You Move
Organize a garage sale or donate them to a charity. Remember to
keep your receipts for tax purposes
2. Get a Jump on Packing
If possible, begin packing fragile or heirloom items a few days
before the move. It will make it easier for you when your moving
3. File Change-of-Address Notifications With Your Post Office
Make sure you inform government offices, insurance agencies,
business accounts and other institutions of your move.
4. Keep Track of Moving Expenses
Many costs may be tax-deductible.
5. Cancel Services Before You Move
These include gas, water, telephone, electric, cable,
waste-removal, newspaper and postal delivery services.
6. Contact Utility Companies in Your
Inform them of your move date so that utilities in your new home
are operational when you arrive.
Things To Keep In Mind **
Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes
Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so
they'll be easily available the first night in your new home
Place a sock or nylon stocking in your refrigerator with a cup
of baking soda, charcoal or fresh coffee to keep the interior
Pack your current phone book — you may need to call residents or
businesses in your former hometown
Records and plates should be packed on end vertically, rather
Make sure medicine and other toiletries have lids on securely
prior to packing
Remove bulbs from lamps before packing
Clearly label each carton with room number plus contents
Ask a friend to keep your children and pets when packing and on
If packing yourself, pack several cartons each day rather than
all at once
Pack on a room-by-room basis. Don't mix items from different
rooms in one box
Allow children to pack their favorite toys. This gives them a
stronger sense of belonging
Be cautious with boxes from grocery or liquor stores. They may
not be clean and may not have the strength to withstand the
weight of items you're packing
Hazardous materials may not be moved
Paint – Varnish - Gasoline - Kerosene - Oil - Bottled gas
Aerosol cans - Nail polish/remover - Ammunition - Explosives
Pack a "survival" kit which you carry in your car, or have first
off the truck
Basic Tools — Hammer screwdriver, knife, tape, etc.
Bathroom products — Soap, toilet paper, towels, etc.
Kitchen items — Disposable utensils, cups, plates and snacks,
Cleaning products — Cleansers, broom, dustpan, sponges, etc.
Load your plants in the moving truck last, and unload them first
— check with the U. S. Department of Agriculture for regulations
regarding moving plants.