Everything For Your Big Move
Moving to a new house is a big job, and we know – we do it for a living. This moving checklist will help you ensure that you’re ready for the big day.
Items You Should Never Pack Yourself
- House Paints
- Fire Extinguishers
- Open containers of liquid antifreeze
- Propane cans/tanks
- Disinfectant cleaners
- Gas or oils
- Perishable foods
- Open food containers
- Firearms or Ammunition
- Items of extraordinary value, like:
If you own any of these items, you should either obtain a specialized shipping container or discard/recycle them and obtain a new version at your destination. (Short trips may be exempt from this, depending on the item.)
Moving Day Tips
- Make sure you are completely ready when your movers arrive. Every box should be packed, labeled, and ready to go.
- Ensure someone is present to answer any questions the movers may have.
- Write down any special instructions and give them to the supervisor.
- Walk through your house after the movers are done and make sure no items were left behind.
- Know how you want the major furniture arranged at your destination.
- Payment is generally due at the end of moves – have a check, card, or other payment method ready.
- Adding a gratuity is your choice, and should not be recommended by the crew.
- Appliances: Disconnect, defrost, and ensure all appliances are empty of loose items (including racks in ovens)
- Artwork, mirrors, and other large items: Removed and set aside for movers. Some items may need to be crated – you will be informed of this in advance
- Barbecue Grills: Ensure they’re clean and empty. Remember, propane cannot be transported.
- Beds: Remove all linens and mattress pads from beds. The moving team will disassemble and reassemble the bed.
- Boxes should be strong enough to withstand stacking. Peachtree Movers can provide these if they’re needed. Heavy items should go on the bottom of boxes, and they should never be filled past the tops.
- Brooms: Brooms and other long-handled items should be taped together.
- China: Pack these in dish boxes. Plates and dishes should be vertical. 3″ of paper on the bottom and 2″ between layers is highly recommended.
- Clothing: Hang clothes in wardrobe boxes, or pack into normal boxes. Never use trash bags for clothes, linens, pillows, or similar items.
- Clocks: Pendulums and weights should be removed and packed separately. Grandfather clocks should be tuned after the move.
- Drawers: Typically, empty. Sturdy furniture may allow clothes to be kept inside.
- File Cabinets: Empty all of these.
- Gas Powered Equipment: Empty or Drain all tanks, and allow them to air out. Supervisors can refuse to move items that haven’t had this done.
- High Value Items: Labeled and identified. Items should be pointed out to the supervisor, and checked against the High Value Inventory Form.
- Labels: All cartons should be labeled on top and two adjacent sides, with a note on the room to go into. This is especially important for fragile items.
- Lamps and Shades: Remove shades, bulbs, and globes, and pack them into boxes with lots of extra padding.
- Packing Materials: Paper and/or bubblewrap should be used for fragile items. Try to avoid newsprint, as the ink may blemish items.
- Plants: Move these in your own car – they may die in a moving vehicle.
- Rugs: Moving crews will handle these.
- Tape: Tops and bottoms should be secured with at least two strips. Use moving tape, not masking tape.
- Televisions/Computers: Pack into original boxes if available. Special moving equipment is available.
30-Day Moving Checklist
4 WEEKS AHEAD
- Discard things you won’t need at your new home.
- Start packing what you’ll keep, and space it out over the next 30 days.
- Notify relevant organizations (Post Office, etc.) that you’ll be moving.
- Start notifying businesses, relatives and friends of your move.
3 WEEKS AHEAD
- Hold a garage sale.
- Arrange for disconnection and reconnection of gas, electricity, etc.
- Arrange to have phone service disconnected halfway through the move day.
- Make plans for childcare on move day.
2 WEEKS AHEAD
- Decide where you want the movers to place furniture in your new home.
- Begin using up what food you can.
1 WEEK AHEAD
- Arrange for delivery services to be stopped.
- Handle any affairs at banks.
- Discard flammable items. Drain fuel from tools.
- Return borrowed items to neighbors.
3 DAYS AHEAD
- Remove everything from drawers.
- Have an ice chest for cold foods on move day.
- Keep all medications in a safe, accessible spot during packing.
- Set aside valuable items you are taking with you.
2 DAYS AHEAD
- Create a box of things that will be needed immediately at your new home. Write “Load Last—Unload First” on the box.
- Stop watering plants.
1 DAY AHEAD
- Verify final move arrangements.
- Pack all personal belongings.
- Arrange to have pets out of the way on move day.
- Arrange to be at home for the entire move.
- Ensure nothing was left behind.
- Ensure movers can still contact you.
- Meet the movers at the new house to supervise unloading.
By following this moving checklist, you’ll be ready for the most hassle-free move possible. At Peachtree Movers, we can help you with all your moving needs. Contact us today at 404-355-8877 for more information.