DOs and DON’Ts When Relocating to a Different State

  • Check your homeowner’s insurance policy. Make sure that it is up to date and that everything is okay for your transition into a new home. Call your agent and make sure that your paperwork is flawless.
  • Always measure everything beforehand. Have ready measures of your new home and all the furniture that goes in it, you should probably have a sketch of how it will all look in your new home, so that you are absolutely sure that everything will fit and there will be no unpleasant surprises on the day of your moving in.
  • Give yourself a day or two for each of the rooms to clean them up and de-clutter and throw away any unnecessary things and pack what you want to keep.
  • Make sure to pack all the things that are not breakable before the moving company comes. In that way, you will know where all your books or documents are when you need them, and leave the breakable, important things to the professionals. If you have decided to pack on your own, and not hire anyone, then you can also find some helpful packing and padding advice on this site and be certain that you have done your best to preserve your valuables and transfer them safely.
  • Always have your boxes clearly labeled, label the breakable things as such and make sure that the label is clear and visible. You can also develop a personal system for labeling and categorizing your boxes, like assigning a number or a color to each room and writing them on the box. That will also help your movers determine which box goes to which room. Put heavier items in small boxes and lighter items in the larger ones. In that way, everything will be balanced and nothing will be too hard to carry.
  • Gather your boxes in one place in your house as you are packing, and try to make space for when the moving company arrives, so they can easily move around the house. You can carry the boxes into the garage if you have one and thus make them easier to move out.
  • Be ready to move your plants that you are taking with you on your own. Most moving companies do not take responsibility for plants. Choose one or two that you can transfer in your car and make sure to water them before you leave, keep them somewhere near you to make sure they are not going to break and make sure to air out your car every once in a while if it gets too humid.
  • Always carry your valuables with you. You money must always be in your bag or pocket, your jewelry should also travel with you, you can put it in your “Essentials box” along with all your important documentation that you may need.
  • Always remove light bulbs from the chandeliers and lamps you are packing, keep them separate, packed and padded in one of the boxes, and check that everything is carefully wrapped and handled.
  • When speaking of the dos and the don’ts when dealing with movers- don’t hire them blind! Always check whether they have insurance or not (general liability, auto insurance for the moving truck, coverage for the value of property, etc.), also many movers won’t insure you when it comes to damage to your fragile items unless they were the ones who packed them. Think about what you want and check everything in advance and have all the necessary information.  You should preferably meet with them beforehand at your home, so they could see your place and give you a rough estimate. Choose your moving company carefully and try to get a recommendation from some of your satisfied friends or family members. After you have chosen your moving company, trust them to know what they are doing and try to bother them only when necessary. They have been doing this for a while and have a well-worked out system, and distractions can only cause slip-ups or potential injuries.
  • Don’t hire a mover that isn’t insured. Movers should carry general liability coverage, coverage for the value of your property, workers compensation coverage, and auto insurance for the moving truck. Request a certificate of insurance as proof the mover is covered.
  • Don’t bother packing clothes if you have a wooden dresser. Wooden dressers are pretty light and the clothes will not be too heavy to carry. If your dresser is made out of some heavier materials, you should get the clothes out then and pack them separately.
  • You should probably consider insuring your valuable items against damage or loss, more so if you are moving to distant countries.
  • Prepare a plan for unpacking your things, because it does take a long time. If you think packing is difficult, wait until you arrive to your new home. Organize and pre-plan everything, since it may take you from one to four weeks based on the amount of things you brought with you. If you are in a hurry, think about getting professionals to do the organizing for you.
  • Always check the moving truck after you have taken everything out, and inspect it one more time to make sure that you have not left anything behind before the moving company departs. You should also do this in your old home after everything is packed and put in the truck. Take a walk around your house and check all the rooms for any leftover items.
  • Since you cannot be at two places at one time, ask someone to oversee the moving at either your new home or the old one, you can ask your friends or family members.
  • Don’t forget to tip your movers, especially if they have done a good job, moving is physically exhausting and they did a lot on your behalf.