When choosing a company to relocate you there are three important things you can do to protect yourself.

First, make sure the company you choose is licensed by the FMCSA.
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Second, understand your rights and responsibilities and the protect your move brochure as a moving services customer.

Third, Get more than one estimate and watch out for low-ball carriers! If a carrier you are considering tells you that he can move you for an unrealistically low price – be careful. It could mean he will suddenly remember some extra charges once your shipment has been loaded on the truck, the doors have been padlocked and he is ready to drive off into the sunset with all of your worldly possessions.



With two months to go until your moving day, it is time you start organizing yourself. Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement. Make a list of all the items you possess. Start sorting out your goods. Keep the things that you plan on taking with you, discard the things that you are not.

  • Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.).
  • Arrange to transfer school records.
  • Choose a mover (or truck rental company).
  • Get your new home ready – Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc; so, your home is ready when you arrive.
  • Remember to change the locks on all the doors in your new home.


  • Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address card.
  • Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your new community.
  • Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
  • Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records.
  • Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised.
  • Clean all closets and drawers.
  • Start using foods and cleansing supplies that cannot be moved.


Just a month is left until you move to your new home. Its time you start taking care of important things. All the utility services at your old home need to be disconnected and reconnected at your new home. The phone line should be set up and running on the day you arrive in your new home. If you have "last month" deposits with your phone company, request your refund.

You need to contact a moving company, in case you still haven’t. If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials and start packing items you won’t need until after you arrive at your new home. Here are a few packing tips to make your task easier.

  • Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes and carpeting.
  • Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
  • Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.
  • Make any travel plans necessary for your move.
  • Check to see if you need any moving permits.
  • Plan your moving sale. Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions.
  • Collect your important records – Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.


  • Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids.
  • Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving one state to another state).
  • If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use of an elevator.
  • Make child-care arrangements for moving day.
  • Hold your moving sale.


Now is the time that you start getting last minute things done. Get rid of anything that is not sold at your moving sale. You have a long distance to travel so ensure that your car is serviced and in good condition. If you are moving from a warm climate to a cold one, make sure to check your anti-freeze. Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items. Cancel your newspaper delivery.

  • Notify any creditors of your move.
  • Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medicines on hand.
  • Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
  • Change your address – One week before you move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
  • Pick up laundry – Laundry tickets are easy to misplace, so ask for your things by name and not just by the receipts you have.

Pack a travel kit. Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids. Also pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.


  • Transfer your bank accounts.
  • Take animals to vet for immunization, if necessary.
  • Close and empty your safe deposit box.
  • Settle any bills with local businesses.
  • Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.
  • Find new home for plants that will not be moved.
  • Confirm any travel reservations.
  • Drain your waterbed.
  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer, propping doors open.
  • Let movers pack your belongings (unless you already have).
  • Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move.
  • Set aside anything that will travel in your car so that it will not be loaded on the truck.
  • Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box "Load Last."
  • Obtain cash or traveler’s checks for the trip and to pay the movers.
  • Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.


Note all utility meter readings.

Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place.


Again, be on hand to answer any questions.

Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.

Be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are unloaded.
Supervise unloading and unpacking.

Be prepared to pay your move with cash, certified check, or cashier’s checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.