Schedule your move with a mover about a month in advance of your moving date and confirm that the proper crew and equipment are reserved. Remember that the summer months and the beginning and ending days of each month are the busiest for authorized movers, so try to plan your move accordingly
Before you move, eliminate what you don’t want or need.
If you are moving three or more rooms, invite at least two to three movers to view those items that you wish to have packed and/or moved. Be sure to show the estimator everything to be moved. You should also give the estimator detailed destination delivery information. For instance, how close to the destination residence can the van be parked? Are there any stairs or elevators at the destination that need to be used? Giving such information should provide you with a much more accurate estimation of the moving bill.
If you are doing your own packing, be careful about overloading the cartons. Use the appropriate number of cartons to be sure that your goods arrive safely. Heavy items should be packed in small cartons, with lighter, bulkier items in larger cartons. Mark and note the contents and the room destination on the outside of each box.
Completely fill all cartons. If there are open spaces, fill them with a filler like crumpled paper to avoid shifting.
Pack a special "last on truck, first off truck" box that will include light bulbs, a flashlight, water, a favorite toy for your children, a set of towels and linens, coffee pot, etc. Carry your valuables (jewelry, furs, money, etc.), medication, and important papers with you—don’t pack them in the truck.
Notify the post office of your change of address. Send out change of address cards to business, friends, and relatives prior to moving. Many movers will provide you with official notification forms for utility companies, banks, government agencies, publications, social and professional organizations.
Dispose of all flammables and combustibles such as matches, aerosol cans, paint, thinner, etc. Drain all fuel from mowers and other equipment. Dispose of propane tanks or take them to a proper propane service outlet to properly bleed the tank.
Unplug and do not use television sets 24 hours prior to moving. Internal damage can occur should a TV set be moved in which heat is still retained. Only move television sets after they have been reduced to room temperature.
If you are moving items of extraordinary value or antiques, obtain a written appraisal of such items to verify value and ask your mover about extra insurance for these items. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques and fine furniture before moving because some products may soften the wood, making them vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
Be ready on moving day. Local movers usually charge on an hourly basis, so the more prepared you are to be moved, the less expensive the final bill may be. Items not to be moved by movers should be noticeably segregated, and prepare a check sheet or a diagram so that you know where you want items placed at the destination.