Here are some suggested checklists to make your move go as smoothly as possible.


Two Months Out

  • Call The Other Side Movers for an estimate and to schedule your move. (Summer weekends often book months in advance. Book early so you won’t be disappointed!)

  • Start to inventory and evaluate your belongings, including items in your attic, basement, storage shed, etc. Is there anything you can donate or sell?

  • Make arrangements with a third party if you need long term storage services.

  • Begin using items that you won’t be able to move such as cleaning products and frozen food.

  • Make a list of people to notify of your new address including friends, family, subscriptions, creditors, etc.


One Month Out

  • Notify utilities (cable, phone, electricity, etc.) of your service shutoff date.

  • Arrange for insurance in your new location.

  • Make travel arrangements for the day of your move. (Don’t make plane reservations for the actual day of your move. Give yourself 1-2 days cushion to handle any unexpected events.)

  • Purchase moving supplies including boxes available from The Other Side Movers.

  • Begin packing any items that you will not need immediately.

  • Have a garage sale for your inessential items – or donate items to charity (such as The Other Side Academy!)


Two Weeks Out

  • Make sure your car is in good working order if you plan to drive to your new location.

  • Settle any outstanding bills with local merchants.

  • Empty safety deposit boxes, pick up dry cleaning, return library books and DVD rentals.

  • Take pets to the vet for immunization and to retrieve pets’ health records.


A Few Days Out

  • Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.

  • Pack a box of personal items that you will need immediately upon arrival at your new home. Make sure to set this box aside!

  • Contact The Other Side Movers to confirm the arrival time of the moving professionals. Notify us of any last-minute details.


The Big Day!

  • Make sure that someone is at home to answer the moving professionals’ questions.

  • Pack special items for your children including snacks, toys and any favorite items. This can be a long and disorienting day for them.

  • Clear walkways and driveways.

  • Remove floor mats and doormats.

  • Remove low-hanging items such as plants or wind chimes.

  • Point out special items to your moving professionals immediately.

  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before you sign them. Make sure you understand all the paperwork and keep it safe until the moving process is complete.

  • Make sure the driver has clear directions to your new residence.

  • Your driver or someone from our office may give you a delivery estimate. Understand that certain conditions (traffic, weather) can affect delivery times. Try to be flexible.

  • Take one last sweep of your house, checking all closets, the garage, attic, and basement.