Stor-All Nevada would like to help make your move go smoothly so we’ve put together this handy, week-by-week moving guide. With a little preparation and some careful organization your move will be virtually stress free.
6-8 Weeks Before Moving:
This is a great time to plan the details of your move.
- Make a list of items that you plan to move to your new home and items you wish to put in storage. From that list, identify which items are to be handled by the mover and those you will handle yourself. Donate or dispose of anything that you do not need and consider a garage sale if you have time.
- Research and get estimates from several moving companies. After selecting your mover, discuss costs, packing, timing and other necessary details.
- Start a file with important moving related information. Since many moving related expenses are tax deductible you'll want to save moving related receipts in this file as well.
- If you're moving to a new community, contact the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor's Bureau to learn about the schools, parks, recreation and community programs.
- Contact your insurance agent to update your medical, property, fire and auto policies.
- Place all your medical records and other important documents in a safe place. Don’t forget prescriptions, vaccination records and other important information.
4-5 Weeks Before Moving:
- If you’re planning to do some or all of the packing yourself, start collecting moving and packing supplies. Our office sells tape, packing materials and a wide variety of boxes.
- Contact the post office and fill out a change of address form. This is also a good time to update your address with banks and financial institutions, clubs, local government agencies and any utility companies.
- Arrange to have your utilities, electricity, gas, phone and others, disconnected after your scheduled move out. And, call ahead to have utilities connected at your new home.
- Register your children at their new schools. If possible, arrange for them to meet their new teacher(s) and take a tour of the school. To further involve them in the moving process, have them pack their toys and other belongings as appropriate.
- If you have pets make arrangements for their transportation. Find out if there are specific requirements for pet ownership in your new township. Also, obtain their veterinarian records.
2-4 Weeks Before Moving
- If you have young children, you might want to arrange for a baby-sitter on moving day to ensure they stay safe during the loading process.
- Remember to return library books and anything you have borrowed. Gather any items you may have loaned out to friends and neighbors.
- For your piece of mind, consider bringing valuables with you rather than on board the moving van.
- Some state laws do not allow moving house plants. If you’re unable to bring them with you consider giving them to friends or a local community organization.
- If you’re going to travel by car, you may want to have it serviced prior to your departure.
- Start packing items you don't currently need. If renting a storage unit, refer to your lists to determine which items go to storage and which items go to your new home.
- Do a sweep of basements, attics, and closets to ensure you haven't forgotten anything. Don't forget about clearing out safety deposit boxes.
- Back up important files then disassemble your computer. Ensure it’s packed in a place where it won't be exposed to extreme temperatures.
- Properly dispose of flammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items.
1 Week Before Moving
- 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.
- Ensure that your moving company has the correct address and phone number for your new home and, if possible, an address and phone number where you can be reached until you arrive. Provide driving directions if the address is difficult to locate or there are clearance issues that might pose an issue for the moving van.
- It’s important to empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least a day before moving.
- Build some flexibility into your plans and make arrangements in case of delays. Confirm travel arrangements and keep items you will need while the rest of your belongings are in transit.
- Pack a separate box 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.
Moving Out Day
- Someone must be present to direct the movers, so stick around and make yourself available throughout the loading process.
- Thoroughly check your closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage once more to make sure nothing gets left behind.
- Once loading is complete the driver must have, in writing, your name and phone number. Also remember to take destination agent's name, address and contact number.
- Sign the bill of lading and double check that your new address and phone number are correct.
- Turn off all switches and lock all doors and windows.
- Be patient if you reach your new home before your mover.
Move-In Day and After
- As you or your movers unload make sure none of your belongings are damaged or missing.
- Ensure all utilities are connected.
- Carry cash/traveler’s checks for quick, on-the-spot payments to movers or other service providers.
- Plan out the placement of furniture, artwork and large items in your new home.
- If you’re moving to a new state, you’ll need to update your driver's license & vehicle registration and possibly revise your will and other legal papers.
- Locate the hospitals, police stations, and fire stations near your new home.