- Summer is "peak" moving season. If you can be flexible about when you move, don't wait until the summer.
- Keep in mind that the first and last weeks of the month are extra-busy for all movers.
- Specify the exact date you want to move and when it will be convenient for an agent to visually survey your household and prepare an estimate.
- Tour your house before the agent arrives.
- Check from attic to basement, and determine what will be moved and what will be discarded.
- Show your agent everything you will be moving.
- If you plan to do the packing yourself, start collecting suitable containers and packing materials.
- Set packing goals and deadlines. It will take longer than you anticipate to pack; start early.
- Seal all cartons properly, tape bottoms and tops.
- Make sure every box is labelled, indicating contents and/or where they should be placed at destination.
- Consider having a garage sale and/or dispose of unwanted items well in advance of your move.
- If you are being relocated at your company's request, find out what portion of your moving expenses will be paid by the company.
- Dispose of all flammables such as cleaning fluids, aerosol cans, fireworks and matches.
- Drain the fuel from your power mower and other machinery.
- Discard partly used containers of any substance that may leak.
- Empty the water from your steam iron.
- Unplug all electronic equipment such as television sets, home computers, stereos, etc., 24 hours in advance of a move so they will be at room temperature on moving day.
- Moving a TV set and other electronic equipment in which heat is still retained could cause internal damage.
- Ensure that all drawers are empty, except for clothing, linens and towels.
- Inform movers of any delicate or weak pieces of furniture, or furniture with weak legs, loose veneer, broken pieces, etc.
- Double check your home after truck is loaded to ensure that nothing has been left behind.
- Prior to unloading at your new home, you should have a good idea of where you want your furniture placed.