Moving Tips

1. Develop a master plan                                     

Before you move, sit down with everyone in your household and write up a master to-do list. This should include making an inventory of your belongings, dividing them into categories, devising strategies for packing them, contacting all relevant service providers and determining if you'll need a professional moving service.

2. Get started on your move early

Moving is a long and involved process, so it’s extremely important to give yourself plenty of time to prepare. Pack smaller belongings, easily grouped items and possessions you can live without – including furniture – first. If you choose to hire a professional moving company, you can save their time and your money by making preparations in advance. Call potential moving companies as early as possible.

3. Choose your moving method

Decide if you can handle everything yourself, or need to hire professional movers to pack, transport and unpack everything for you. Many people opt for an option between the two, such as hiring movers to take only the largest, most awkward items, or packing everything themselves and hiring movers to drive the truck to their new home.

4. Make an informed decision before hiring a mover

If you decide to hire professionals for any stage of the move, be diligent in your search. Get a moving quote by clicking “Get a Quote” from the top of this page. That way you will receive quotes for different companies, and can compare their prices and reviews yourself.

5. Pack and transport important items yourself

Even if you're using professional movers you should transport certain items yourself. These can include essential, everyday objects such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, documents and medications; and important items such as records and documents.

6. Pack the items you plan to move efficiently

Pack items from the same room together, and keep their boxes next to each other. When grouping items together, place the heaviest ones at the bottom, and make sure the boxes can close. Use crumpled newspaper to fill the empty spaces between items. Don't overload boxes with too many objects because you’ll risk breaking the box.