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Moving Guide

1 Week Prior to Moving Day:

  • Cancel utilities and delivery services at old home. Sometimes, people get so involved with the to-do list for moving to the new home that they forget about cancelling old services, which would cost more.
  • Check your homeowners or renters insurance policy to ensure proper coverage during the move.
  • Change your address with the post office, secretary of state, employer, banks, pharmacy, insurance companies, credit card companies, auto leasing and finance companies, cell phone carrier, etc.
  • Defrost freezer and refrigerator.  Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
  • Go through closets and get rid of old unwanted clothing, shoes and handbags. This is a good opportunity for cleaning and organizing as you're prepping for the move.
  • Clean out pantry and kitchen cupboards. Get rid of expired items.
  • Arrange for appliance disconnect and reconnect at both locations.
  • Label all your boxes clearly with the room that it should be placed in at the new home.
  • Before disconnecting electronics, label each cord (input in, video out, etc.) so you will know how to reconnect them.
  • Make a back-up cd for your computer files.
  • Clean out your garage and consider having a garage sale.
  • Enroll children in their new school
  • Ask the moving company about your responsibilities on moving day.
  • If possible, scope out your new neighborhood. Drive around to familiarize yourself with the places that you will frequent, such as: grocery
    store, bank, post office, gas station, pharmacy, pizza place, shopping center, etc.
  • Plan where you would like your items to go in the new home to lessen confusion and decision making on moving day.  If possible, measure furniture, rooms, areas, etc. ahead of time and map out their new locations.


The day before the move or before the movers arrive:


  • Remove linens from beds and place mattresses in a protective bag or box(unless you plan to have movers handle it).
  • Arrange for a designated parking spot for the movers at both locations.  Let neighbors know you will be moving and to keep that spot
    oven for the truck.  
  • Take down all window coverings that will be going to your new home.
  • Make sure the driveways and walkways at both locations are clear of snow, ice, debris, toys, plants, statues and other obstacles.
  • Have all dressers and tables cleared and ready to be moved.
  • Remove all non-clothing items from drawers.
  • Confirm the truck arrival time with the moving company.  Many will give a  2-hour window frame for arrival.  Be sure to have an authorized adult there to greet the movers.
  • Reserve elevator at both locations, if needed. Some places may have time restraint for elevator use.
  • If moving to a storage facility, make sure you have all access information (hours of access, code number, combination, keys, etc.) and emergency telephone numbers.
  • Make sure all of your boxes are packed properly, sealed and ready to be moved(unless you are having the movers do the packing).
  • Consider having drinks on hand for the movers and even a snack or pizza. This will keep them working longer without interruptions from stopping work to go to the store.
  • Be sure to arrange to transport all restricted items: Hazardous, flammable, explosive, perishables, etc. Call us if you have any questions about restricted items.
  • For safety and efficiency, arrange for a babysitter or pet sitter. This will keep little feet (and paws) out from under the movers preventing accidents.
  • Decide how many wardrobe boxes you would like to rent, if needed.
  • Make a list of any questions or concerns you may have for the movers


Moving Day


  • Be present for the entire move.  If you must leave, designate another adult to act in your absence to guide movers or answer questions.
  • Inform movers of any high risk situations, such as: loose step, weak flooring, unstable or very delicate piece of furniture,etc.
  • Make sure the driver has good contact telephone numbers in case they get lost or their is a delay.
  • Do a final walk through at the old home to be sure all items are on the truck before the movers leave.  Check closets, drawers, shelves,
    attic, garage, yard, etc.
  • At the new home, direct the movers to where you would like the items to be placed. Have an idea before the move.  While the movers are holding a couch in the air is not a good time to decide. Sometimes, even a lot of planning does not matter until you see the item in the new home. If you don't like where you told them to set it down, you can always ask them to move it to a different location.
  • Do a final walk through at the new home before the movers total the bill.  Be sure you are satisfied with the placement of furniture and that all items are reassembled, if needed.
  • Personally transport all hardware for items disassembled.  At the new home, give the hardware to the movers if you choose to have them reassemble the item.
  • Return any rented wardrobe boxes at the end of the move.  
  • Be prepared with accepted method of payment.
  • If you have any concerns during the move that you feel are not being properly addressed by the movers, call the office.
  • Communicate any issues of moving time with the office right away(not at the end of the move).


Moving with Children:

The moving process can be just as stressful on children as it is for the parents.  They will have to take in many new things introduced to them at once. New home, new bedroom, new backyard, losing old friends and finding new friends, new school...and the list goes on! There are ways you can minimize the stress overload that can accompany a child during the transition. Preparing the child, get them used to the idea and include them in the moving process can make a huge difference in how they handle the move.  On the weekend, bring
them to their new school to the playground and let them socialize with other kids from the new neighborhood. Find ways to get your children excited about the move.


Wardrobe Moving Boxes

We offer free use of our wardrobe/garment boxes.  They will hold approximately 2 feet wide closet space of clothing.  The
clothing never leaves the hangers and will be transported to your new home wrinkle-free.  Sometimes, there is extra space in the bottom of the
boxes which you can put to good use for shoes, handbags, etc.  Another idea for using the wardrobe boxes is to hang your linens or
curtains/drapes for transportation. No matter how you use it, they are convenient and cost saving.  After we unload the items into your new closets, we take the boxes back. No charge added! 


Moving with Pets

Too often, we get so wrapped up in the tasks involved with moving that we tend to forget about our other family members....our pets. Many animals need to be introduced gradually to their new environment.  An abrupt move can cause the animal to feel anxious and behavior problems may develop.  Consider taking your pet to your new neighborhood prior to your move. Take your dog for walks...maybe even meet new neighbors. The more exposure to the new surroundings will ease the transition.

On moving day, it would be best to arrange for a pet sitter for safety and efficiency.  This will keep little paws out from under the movers preventing accidents and slowing down the moving process.  Check out some additional tips on moving with pets at ASPCA or Michigan Humane Society.