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The Ultimate Residential Moving Checklist - How to Pack, Move and Unpack with Ease

Updated: May 24



Moving to a new home is one of the most stressful tasks people face. The process can be even more complicated when you move with your family. Moving is a very common thing nowadays, and many companies out there provide professional residential moving services. These companies have different levels of expertise and service offerings, so it's important to find one right for you. It can be a good idea to ask a professional to accompany you when you pack.


What is Residential Moving?


Residential moving is a process that helps people relocate. It involves the physical relocation of a person's belongings from one residence to another. Technology has made residential moving easier by providing people with everything they need to make it more seamless.


Residential movers work as part of a team, packing and loading the truck and transporting your things from one location. They will unload the truck at the new place for you so that you don't have to do anything yourself. There are many residential moving companies out there to choose from, but some are not worth your time, especially if they don't offer a free estimate or don't charge upfront.


Residential Moving Checklist:


Moving is a stressful process, especially if you have to do it independently. So, before you start packing up, take a look at this packing checklist to ensure that you don't forget anything important.


Here are the steps you can take to ensure a smooth move. Our experience with thousands of moves has allowed us to create this list of things to do and addresses to look up.


Six weeks before moving day:


  • Save your quotes, receipts, and other documents for easy reference.

  • Get written estimates from at least three qualified residential movers.

  • Review Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

  • When workers move to the United States, they may take a job in the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Five weeks before moving day:


  • Remove items that are no longer needed to free up space. Store the item(s) you are moving, selling, or donating.

  • If you're keen, try hosting a garage sale or posting items for sale online and get cash for everything you don't need.

  • You can start using up frozen foods and household cleaners that have been on the shelf for a while.

  • Now that you're ready to move develop a plan to safely transport your jewelry, legal documents, plants, and other items.

  • Check your home insurance policy to make sure the premium is low enough.


Four weeks before moving day:


  • If you are putting together your move, pay special attention to items you use the least and group them. Label each box with its content and the new room they'll be in.

  • Book your move and get free valuation coverage for all of your belongings.

  • If you decide to move, it's important to update your address. Contact the U.S. Postal Service for a form and file your change of address with them.


Three weeks before moving day:


  • Disconnect and reconnect both the service lines at both homes.

  • It's important to organize your travel plans for animals. They'll have a better time in the new home if their medical and vaccination records are available. It's also worth putting them on separate pieces of paper, so you don't mix them up in your move file.

  • Prohibited items you should avoid keeping in your home include flammables, explosives, perishable food such as alcohol, and expired foods.


Two weeks before moving day:


  • It is important to remember that your prescriptions will need to be filled before you move. Make sure all the prescriptions you'll need during the move are filled.

  • You'll want to contact providers and account holders of your move, such as banks, streaming subscriptions, and county tax assessors.

  • Book travel arrangements for your family and pets.

  • You must plan meals to use up perishable food before it goes bad. It can be difficult to find resources on the internet or in books about planning with what you have in your pantry.


One week before moving day:


  • Dispose of oil by running it through a filter or collecting it in a container, and put gas in your gas tank.

  • Pack a box of "first night essentials," and you will be prepared, but you'll also be saving time.

  • Plan your move, de-clutter the fridge, and clean up your appliance for a week beforehand to avoid any major risks!

  • You may have last-minute packing help through the move coordinator. She can see what's already packed and give you advice on organizing accordingly.


Moving day:


  • Let someone know if you'll be unavailable to direct the movers, answer their questions, and monitor their progress as they inventory the condition of your belongings. Make sure they have a contact number for them to be able to reach you.

  • Check all documents carefully before signing the final agreement. And be sure to keep a copy of your bill of lading (or other key documents) until all goods are delivered, charges paid, and any claims settled.

  • You should ensure the moving truck has left with nothing of yours before unpacking.

  • Make sure you're double-checking the location address of the driver before giving them your mobile phone number and email. This will allow for quicker contact in case of any issues with an emergency during the trip.


Delivery day:


  • Make sure to be available to answer questions and supervise the placement of boxes and belongings while they unload your shipment. Please fill out the provided checklist as they unload that leaves nothing behind.

  • Be sure to pay for the move in full according to the terms of your agreement. Make sure this is done so that your goods will go out to their final destination.

  • Don't sign any agreements without double-checking the inventory list for missing or otherwise damaged items.


After the move:


  • Keep all your receipts, documents, and other important information in a separate file. Make sure to store it in an easily-rememberable place.

  • If anything was lost during your move, please get in touch with your moving coordinator as soon as possible to file a formal claim.


Why do you need a Professional Movers on your team?


Professional movers are the ones who move your items from one place to another. They have a lot of experience in moving items, and they know how to pack things properly. When you hire professional movers, you will get a lot more done in less time. They will be able to pack and unpack your items without any issues, and they can also help you with any other tasks that might come up during the move. When it comes to hiring professional movers, there are a few things that you should consider before doing so. You should make sure that they have experience moving items of various sizes and weights. They should also have knowledge of packing materials like tape, bubble wrap, etc.


We're here to help you with your residential moving needs. Get in touch with us at info@movingforwardrva.com.



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