Moving Tips

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  • Natural gas powered dryers, stoves, water lines, and other appliances must be disconnected by a licensed professional.
    • It is illegal for a home owner or movers to perform this service. Disconnection service should be scheduled prior to the move. (You should also schedule reconnection at the destination.)
  • Disconnect and bundle cords on television and stereo components.
    • Label each cord with masking tape and a description of where to connect it.
  • Movers also cannot move propane tanks, fuel tanks, alcohol, household cleaners, and other hazardous material.
    • Make plans to move these items yourself.
  • Plan and measure where your furniture will be placed in your new home.
    • It’s helpful to draw a layout and sketch in the major furniture pieces.
  • Make sure your furniture will fit up stairs and through doors.
  • Low branches or low hanging wires must be removed to ensure the truck can access the property.
  • Walkways should be completely clear of debris, snow or ice.

Moving Checklist by Room

Two Months Before Moving

  • Sort through your belongings; donate unwanted items
  • If you’re moving a long distance, make travel arrangements with the airline, hotel, and rental car agency.
  • If you’re driving to your new home, get maps and plan your travel route.
  • Save all moving receipts, as some moving expenses may be tax deductible.
  • Check the current tax code for requirements.
  • Place your legal, medical, financial, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
  • Schedule the disconnection of all gas appliances, water lines, and hard-wired electrical fixtures that Bristol-Plymouth Moving & Storage Inc will be moving.

One Month Before Moving

  • Pack items that aren’t regularly used such as off-season clothes and decorations and items in storage areas.
  • Get medical records from your doctors, dentist, optometrist, and veterinarian.

Two Weeks Before Moving

  • Contact your utility companies (gas, electric, water, cable, phone) and notify them of your move.
  • Sign up for services at your new address.

One Week Before Moving

  • Pack a survival kit of clothes, medicines, etc to carry you through the day after arrival in your new home.
  • Finish packing all boxes except for what you’ll need during the final week.
  • Label boxes with a brief description of the contents and what room they are from.Inform the post office of your upcoming move.
  • Send change-of-address cards with your new address and phone number to:
    • Friends/family banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, Doctors, lawyer, realtor, and other service providers.
  • State and federal tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed:
    • Workplace, schools, and motor vehicle registry

The Day Before Moving

  • Remove hanging fixtures that you plan to move
  • If you’re traveling, make sure you have tickets, charge cards, and other essentials.
  • Pack last minute/essential items, label box “OPEN ME FIRST”

Moving Day

Carry with you:

  • The keys to your new home, cash or traveler’s checks
  • The telephone number of the moving company.
  • Any important personal records/documents, medicines, etc
  • Your insurance policies and agent’s phone number.
  • Any items of great personal value to you that are virtually irreplaceable (for example, a photo album).
  • Sheets and towels, personal hygiene items (toothbrush, razor, etc) for the first night in your new home.

Arriving at the Destination

  • Show movers where to place furniture and boxes.