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MOVING TIPS

The following is a partial list of moving tips, based on some of the most important things to consider. Refer to our non-transportable items list and moving checklist for more detailed moving tips and helpful moving advice.

  • Stock up on packing supplies. Moving boxes, bubble wrap, newspapers, packing foam, packing tape, plastic totes – anything and everything you can gather (ahead of time) will help when it’s time to begin packing.
  • Start the packing process early. The earlier you begin packing (view our packing tips), the more organized and stress-free you’ll be.
  • Mark all moving containers with the contents and location in your new home. You can lose a lot of time (you and/or your movers) digging into boxes to figure out what they contain, and where they go in your new home.
  • De-clutter and purge unwanted items. The more items you can donate, give away or sell, the lighter your load will be – saving you packing time, loading time and ultimately – money.
  • Make a list of all utilities you’ll need to contact to set up end-of-service dates and final bill details; likewise with start-of-service dates at your new home. Check off each utility as you make arrangements.
  • Make a similar list for all other bills, like mortgages, auto loans/leases, credit card and cell phone accounts.
  • Try to move during the week, when more services like banks, government offices, utilities, mechanics and tow-services are open, in the event you run into any problems and need assistance.
  • If you have pets, make plans well ahead of time as to where to keep them during the move – and how you’ll transport them to your new home.
  • If you’re having Mayflower do the packing and moving, make sure to separate valuable and/or irreplaceable items like important paperwork/documents, jewelry, family heirlooms, keepsakes, photos or any other items you’d feel more comfortable moving yourself.
  • Don’t forget to file your change of address with the Post Office.
  • Plan ahead regarding prescription medications – make sure you’ll have enough with you during your move, and transfer prescriptions to your new pharmacy in advance of your move.