Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, packing up all of your personal possessions and household goods can be a very stressful event. With help from a professional moving company and proper planning well in advance, a lot of worry can be avoided. One of the best things you can do to make sure nothing gets forgotten or left behind is to create a checklist of actions that can keep you on track to success.

We suggest starting roughly 6 weeks prior to your moving date on a plan of action that includes organizing personal details. Completing change-of-address forms, making personal travel plans for you and your family, and contacting insurance agents to transfer policies are just a few places to start. Sometimes even just the smallest details can give us the biggest hassles down the road, so avoiding these now can lead to less worry later.

4-5 weeks before move day, we recommend having an “objective eye” when it comes to your belongings. What items are definitely going? Which ones may be donated or sold? Are there any that you can dispose of before packing begins? It is also best to start thinking of any special items that may require special attention, such as Grandfather clocks or pianos.

The countdown is on! With only 3 weeks left to go, there are plenty of loose ends to tie up. Customers often forget things such as laundry at the dry cleaners or items that are being repaired or stored. Now would be a good time to start making the rounds, making sure all items that are moving with you are safely at home. It would also be a good time to make arrangements for your pets to make the trip to your..and their…new home. Often times plants don’t survive being transported in the moving van and since Mayflower can’t take responsibility for safely moving plants, perhaps a friend or a relative could give them a new home. And finally, be sure to stay in contact with your sales representative or move coordinator at Premier Relocations in regard to any changes that could occur with your move, such as move dates, 3rd part services that may be needed, or the number of items that we will be transporting.

2 weeks before moving, there is plenty still to finish! A few suggestions we can make include making final packing decisions, planning meals that use up remaining food in your freezer, and transferring prescriptions to a drugstore near your new home. Also, if you plan on transporting power tools and your lawnmower, it is required that you drain the gasoline from them and allow them to air out before being loaded onto one of our moving vans. All flammables must be properly disposed of as well, prior to loading day. If you have any questions or concerns about what items can’t be transported, be sure to check our comprehensive list of items not to pack.

1 week left and now it’s crunch time. Have you made arrangements for utilities to be connected at your new home and disconnected at your old residence? Have you started emptying out your freezer and refrigerator so that it is properly cleaned and aired out before it is loaded? Most importantly, spend some time reevaluating all that you have accomplished and be sure that you haven’t overlooked any important details.

With so little time left, anything you can shore up before move day will only make your transition that much smoother. After all your planning and preparation, the big day is finally here! Hopefully you can relax knowing that our professional crew is more than willing to go the extra mile during your move. From protecting your door jams, walls, and floors, to going through a detailed inventory process, our driver and crew members will be there through every step of the process. Premier Relocations wants to make your move as seamless as possible, by providing you with all the resources you may need. Please feel free to contact our office at any time, for any reason if you have questions regarding your relocation and we wish you happy moving!

*Information has been obtained from the Mayflower Move Planner.  Please refer to the Planner for more detailed information.