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Planning a Move: Our Moving Check-List


At Jim's Moving, we know that planning a move can be a daunting task, so we have prepared the following moving checklist to help you prepare!

One Month Before Moving Day
  • Contact Jim's Moving for a free moving estimate and book your moving day.
  • Order moving boxes and packing supplies.
  • Begin packing. Clearly label boxes with name, contents, and destination for the box.
  • Sort, discard, and donate unwanted items.
  • Notify the post office.
  • Notify doctors, dentists, and other health service providers.
  • Notify the human resources and/or payroll department at work.
Two Weeks Before Moving Day
  • Make arrangements for disassembly of specialty items (pianos, swing sets, etc.).
  • Make arrangements for child care and/or a pet sitter for moving day.
  • Arrange for time off from work to prepare for the move and to be present on moving day.
  • Notify your local department of motor vehicles for change of address on your driver's license.
  • Notify the necessary utility companies:
  • Telephone
  • Cell Phone
  • Electric
  • Gas/Oil (also, schedule gas appliances to be disconnected)
  • Cable
  • Internet Service Provider
  • Water
  • Home security/alarm
One Week Before Moving Day
  • Pack fragile and loose items from drawers into moving boxes.
  • Confirm your moving day and time with your moving company. Jim's Moving will contact you 1-3 days prior to the move to ensure that all details are accurate for moving day.
  • Remove all permanently affixed items that you wish to take from walls and ceilings (drapes, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, etc.).
  • Change address with all newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals to which you subscribe.
  • Alert friends and family about new address.
One Day Before Moving Day
  • Consolidate clearly marked moving boxes of fragile items in one area of your home. Alert the movers about these moving boxes on moving day.
  • Identify furniture that is fragile or has been weakened by previous damage and bring it to your mover's attention on moving day.
  • Separate and mark items not intended to be moved by your movers.
  • Isolate checkbook, keys, passports, plane tickets, cash, credit cards, and prescription medications. These should travel with you in your personal vehicle on moving day.
  • Defrost, drain, wash, and dry refrigerators and freezers.
  • Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, generators, snow blowers, etc.
  • Disconnect propane tank from gas grill. Your movers will not be able to transport the tank on moving day.
  • Clear walkways and driveway during inclement weather.
Donate Unwanted Items While preparing for your move you will probably find that you have many items you do not want to bring to your new home. Reducing the volume of belongings that your moving company needs to load and deliver will result in a move that takes less time and less money to complete.

Consider donating your belongings to any of these worthy organizations. These organizations will be thrilled to have your household and furniture donations and, if arrangements are made in advance, many will even pick up items up at your home, saving you a trip to their drop off location(s).

Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter

Goodwill Industries

Salvation Army