How to Plan Your Move

Plan Ahead

Summer time is the busiest time of the year for movers. In addition, the beginning and end of each month are traditionally busier than mid-month, regardless of the season. If you are planning to move during one of the times, plan well in advance so your mover's schedule will fit yours.

Now it is time to contact the movers on your list. Inform them of your destination and the timing of your move. Ask movers to provide you with a written estimate, and have them explain the services listed in the estimate in detail. Carefully compare each estimate to see which company best suits your needs and budget.


Proper packing by a trained packer using specially designed cartons and materials is crucial to a good move. Schedule packing with the mover a day or two before the moving van is loaded. If you are packing yourself, it is never too soon to start. While packing yourself can save money, movers will not usually accept liability for damage to items packed by owners.

Planning Your Moving Day

Your mover may ask you to select several consecutive days during which your goods can be loaded and a second series of dates during which your goods can be delivered to your new home. A spread of days gives you and your mover the flexibility needed to keep your move on schedule. Remember that summer months are the busiest, and some movers offer lower prices between the months of October and April.

Moving Day

  • Be on hand when the movers arrive
  • Discuss the delivery arrangements fully with your mover.
  • Have beds stripped and ready to be packed.
  • Save your energy - let the moving crew disassemble goods.
  • Read the Bill of Lading before you sign it.
  • Tell your mover how to reach you at your destination.
  • Keep in contact with the mover's agent at your destination while you are in transit.

Moving Tips

  • Tip #1: Clear out unwanted goods
  • Tip #2: Get rid of flammables
  • Tip #3: Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on
  • Tip #4: Clothes, do you need them all?
  • Tip #5: Separate books, disposable, family reading, valuable
  • Tip #6: Check all electrical goods, will they work in the new house
  • Tip #7: Start making up your change of address list home?
  • Tip #8: Arrange to have mail forwarded.
  • Tip #9: Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers
  • Tip #10: Have rugs cleaned