14 Moving Tips For
Your Easiest Move

Planning ahead

3 weeks before

Moving help

If you are depending on friends and family to help you move, have a back-up plan if they don’t show.


Clean out closets, the attic, and the basement as soon as you decide it’s time to move.

Schedule in advance

Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day. For large appliances be sure to check your owner’s manuals to see if there are special instructions for moving.

Planning ahead

1 week before

Loved ones

Take time to say goodbye to friends and neighbors before your busy move day.

Survival closet​

Make a “survival closet” of things for the last cleanup before you move out – broom, dust cloth, dust pan, mop.

Utilities and services

Schedule disconnect times for about a week before your move day — you don’t want to have to pay for cable, phone and utilities when you aren’t even there! Cancel newspapers, cable, pest control, cleaning help, lawn services about a week before the move.

Change of address

Mail in your change of address forms about week before your move date. Go to USPS.com/move to change your address online.

Planning ahead

1 day before

Loved ones, again

Again, take time to say goodbye to friends and neighbors before your busy move day.


Clean your stove before you move out. The day before your move, defrost the fridge.

Planning ahead

Moving day


Bring a roll of toilet paper with you.


Remember to get snacks for move day.


Make sure to get enough cash to get you through move day.

Planning ahead

Generic tips

Children’s toys​

Don’t try to get rid of your children’s favorite things before the move – even if it makes it easier. Kids sometimes have a hard time dealing with the change of the move itself.

Hazardous materials

By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gases and other flammables, ammunition and explosives. Pack a box of essential items that you will need immediately after the move and make sure it’s the last thing added to the truck.

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