• The two essential ingredients of a successful move are manpower and hauling capacity.
  • Calculate whether moving yourself actually makes economic sense. Add up all moving costs including boxes, packing material, gas, meals, truck rental and insurance. Compare it against a quote from a professional moving company.
  • Four questions to ask yourself:
    1. Do I have time to pack and move all my goods?
    2. Am I physically capable of moving heavy pieces?
    3. Do I know enough people who can and are willing to help me move?
    4. Can I drive a rental truck? If not, who can?
  • If you do rent a truck, it’s better to rent a larger one than you think you’ll need. Otherwise, you will have to make more than one trip.

Choosing a Professional Mover

  • Ask family and friends for recommendations.
  • If in doubt, check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Determine the size, distance and timing of your move.
  • Choose between a “self service” move (you pack and unpack) or a “full service” move (the moving company packs and unpacks).
  • Obtain a written cost estimate.
  • Review insurance coverage. There are three types:
    1. Standard coverage.
    2. Assessed value coverage.
    3. Full replacement coverage.
    4. Can I drive a rental truck? If not, who can?

Important Checklist Items

  • Notify this list of businesses about your move:
  • Electric power company.
  • Water company.
  • Natural gas supplier.
  • Local telephone company.
  • Long distance telephone company.
  • Television company.
  • Stock Broker.
  • Investment Adviser.
  • Insurer.
  • Credit card companies.
  • Banks.
  • Magazine subscriptions and book clubs.
  • Religious organizations.
  • Sports club.
  • Arrange the timing of the shut-off and start-up of utilities so that you will be sure not to be without electricity, water, gas or phone service. Give yourself one or two days on both ends to compensate for potential delays.
  • Send out address change notices to friends and family.
  • Common things people forget to do:
  • Get copies of medical, dental, immunization, school and veterinarian records.
  • Advising subscriptions.
  • Pick up dry cleaning.
  • New address (keep handy at all times).
  • Cleaning supplies for cleaning after movers have loaded everything.
  • Garage door opener (remember to leave it behind).
  • Keys (gather up all house keys and leave for new home owner).

Long Distance Move Checklist

  1. Open new bank accounts.
    Transfer funds and anything you have in your safety deposit box.
  2. Health Care.
    Take the time to choose new health professionals. Research the Internet for doctors, dentists, specialists and hospitals. Ask new friends and working colleagues for recommendations.
  3. Prescriptions.
    Be sure to get a couple of months’ worth of prescriptions from your doctor before moving.
  4. Medical Records.
    Get copies of doctor’s records and case records and have them forwarded to your new doctor.
  5. Insurance.
    Check all of your insurance policies to ensure that coverage will continue in your new area. If not, ask your insurance agent for a recommendation.
  6. Memberships.
    Formally resign or transfer memberships from any local organizations or associations.
  7. School Records.
    Ask the school to make a copy for you to take with you.
  8. Borrowed Items.
    Return library books, rental videos or other items you may have borrowed from friends or neighbours.
  9. Trip to new home.
    Pack a first aid box and a food and beverage “care package” for the trip to your new home.

Moving With Kids

  • Provide children with as much information as possible about the move and allow them to participate in decision-making discussions.
  • Familiarize the children with the new area using maps, photographs and related Internet sites. Talk about the positive aspects of their new home, school and neighbourhood. Encourage questions and invite children to talk about their worries.
  • For young children, make the move an adventure. Encourage them to pack their own things, leaving favourite toys until the end.