Moving Guide

Whether moving to a new home or relocating items into storage, Self Storage Plus would like to help make the process less hectic with our helpful tips. Organizing and preparing weeks ahead of your move will lessen your stress and will decrease your chances of overlooking important items.

6-8 Weeks Before Moving:

  1. Make a list of items you plan on transferring to your new home and items you wish to take to storage. Determine which items need to be handled by the mover and those you will take care of yourself. Donate items that you do not need or consider holding a yard sale if you have time.
  2. Get estimates from several moving companies to ensure you are paying a fair price.
  3. Research and select a professional moving company. After selecting your mover, discuss costs, packing, timing and other necessary details.
  4. Many moving expenses, including donations of household goods, are tax-deductible, so maintain a file with important information and receipts for moving related expenses.
  5. If moving to a new community, find out about the schools, parks, recreation, and community programs from the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau.
  6. Transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance through your insurance agent.
  7. Place all your medical records in a safe place. Do not forget prescriptions, vaccination records and other important information.

4-5 Weeks Before Moving:

  1. If you are planning to do some or all of the packing yourself, start collecting moving and packing supplies. Self Storage Plus offers a wide range of boxes and packing supplies for sale in our office.
  2. Contact the post office and fill out a U.S. postal change of address form and provide your new address to your telephone company, disposal company, cable/satellite provider, water company, electric company, internet provider, insurance companies, banks and financial institutions, clubs, local government agencies and any other utility companies.
  3. Register your children in their new schools. It would be a good idea to involve kids in the moving process. They can help pack their toys and items from their room.
  4. Contact utility companies (i.e. electricity, gas, phone, etc) for disconnection after your scheduled move out and call ahead to have utilities connected to your new home.
  5. If you have pets, make arrangements for transportation. Find out if there are specific requirements for pet ownership in your new township and be sure to obtain the veterinarian records.

2-4 Weeks Before Moving:

  1. If you have young children, you might want to arrange for a baby-sitter on moving day to ensure they remain safe and otherwise occupied during the loading process.
  2. Remember to return library books and anything you have borrowed and be sure to collect items you have loaned out.
  3. You may NOT want to pack your valuables in the moving van. As an alternative, think about packing them and setting them aside to take in your personal vehicle with you.
  4. If you are moving a considerable distance, and going to travel by car, you may want to get the automobile serviced prior to your departure.
  5. Start packing items you don’t currently need. If renting a storage unit from Self Storage Plus, determine which items go to storage and which items go to your new home.
  6. Remember to clearly label all boxes as you pack them, separating out boxes of items being donated, versus what is going to storage and items being moved to your new home.
  7. Don’t forget anything in basements, attics, and remember to clear out safety deposit boxes.
  8. Disassemble your computer and back up important computer files. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.
  9. Dispose of inflammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items.

One Week Before Moving:

  1. If using movers, make sure your items are labeled: ‘fragile’, ‘load first’, ‘load last’, and ‘do not load’. This is important to ensure the safety of your items.
  2. Ensure that your moving company knows the correct address and phone number of your new home. If possible, also provide them with a pick up address, phone number and cell phone number to get in touch with you until you get to your new home.
  3. It is important to empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least a day before moving.
  4. Make plans flexible, make arrangements in case of delays. Confirm travel arrangements and keep items you will need while the rest of your belongings are in transit.
  5. Pack a box separately with the things you will need immediately upon arriving at your new home. For example: snacks, disposable plates and cups, bathroom items and trash bags, cleaning supplies, toiletries and prescriptions.

Moving Day:

  1. Have plenty of water on hand for everyone helping you pack and move.
  2. Thoroughly check your closets, drawers, shelves, attic, and garage to make sure nothing is left.
  3. Be around throughout the loading process. Inspect the premises and see to it that nothing is left behind. You will want to make sure that you or someone you trust is on site the day of the move to direct the movers.
  4. Once the house is emptied, turn off all the switches and lock all doors and windows.
  5. Make sure that you have contact information to reach your mover, and that your mover has your cell phone number to contact you should they run into any problems going from your current home to your new home.
  6. Be patient if you reach your new home before your mover.

Once You’ve Moved in:

  1. Make sure utilities are connected in your new home.
  2. Plan out placement of major furniture pieces.
  3. Make sure that you or someone you trust is on site at your new home the day of the move to direct the movers where to deliver specific boxes and furniture.
  4. While unloading, make sure there is no visible damage to boxes and furniture and that no items are missing.
  5. Have cash on hand to provide a tip for the movers.
  6. While unpacking document any damage with pictures to file an insurance claim.
  7. Settle in and enjoy your new home!

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