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We are based in Austin, TX, but cover most state-wide moves, including:

Austin​

San Marcos

Dallas

San Antonio

Round Rock

Houston


Georgetown

Waco

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Checklist

One Month Before

  • Organize any important records and files

  • Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies. Consider a Goodwill or Salvation Army run for the random stuff. Donate large furniture items to Habitat for Humanity or a consignment shop. Remember the more you get rid of the cheaper the move!

  • No better time to streamline your closet than during a move.

  • Take Measurements -Check room dimensions at your new place, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door. If you want to be real hardcore about this you could a floorplanner.

  • Order Supplies– Unless we are packing you ourselves it is time to order boxes and other supplies such as tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers. There are a few options but ecobox is great for cardboard boxes and other supplies while bronko box is  a great option for crates (only good if you are willing to unpack relatively quickly)

  • Arrange to be off from work on moving day – Notify your employer that you plan to supervise the move and therefore need the day off.

 

Three Weeks Before

  • Do a Change of Address – Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form.

  • Notify Friends and Family – Also a good idea to send a change of address post-card or email to all your friends and families notifying them of your new address!

  • Notify Other Important Parties– Alert the following of your move: banks, brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, and credit card, insurance, and the utility and cable companies.

  • Board Pets/Arrange for Babysitter – This is not an absolute must but can sure make things easier!

  • Storage – If you are planning on going into a storage unit now would be a good time to arrange for that.

 

Two Weeks Before

  • Begin Packing – Start packing the things that you use most infrequently, such as that waffle iron. While packing, note items of special value that may require special care.

  • Safe Box – Add items such as jewelry, expensive purses, small but precious family heirlooms, moon rocks, important files, or any other small valuables into a safe box (or boxes) that you will personally transport to your new home.

  • Label – clearly label and number each box with its contents, if it is fragile or not, and the room it’s destined for. These markings should be on both the top and at least one side so you can tell what is in them even if the boxes are stacked. Consider color coding box labels.

 

One Week Before

  • Pack your Suitcase/Emergency Bag – Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days and your essentials that you will need right such as toiletries. Make sure to let your movers know about these boxes or suitcases so they can make sure they are accessible immediately after the move.

  • Try not to do any grocery shopping several days before leaving. Unless you’re just moving a few minutes away most items in the fridge or freezer will have to be tossed

  • Washer and Dryer – If you have a front loading washer try and find the shipping bolts (bolts that go into the back and keep the drum stable while in transit). Have them ready for the movers. Also, check to see if the electric plug for your dryer matches the one at your new place. if not, new ones can be purchased at any home improvement store.

 

Last Fews Day Before

  • If your freezer and/or refrigerator is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.

  • Plan for the Payment – If you haven’t already arranged to pay your mover with a credit card then make sure to have your checkbook available and easy to find day of the move or get some cash for payment and tip. A typical tip is 10% to 20% like most service industries. 

  • Avoid Heavy Mattress Flipping – Keep your bedskirt handy and make sure to get them put back on after the movers bring in the box springs and BEFORE they put the mattress back on the bed. No need to move it twice.

  • Lightbulbs– Remove any light bulbs from lamps and transport those separately. They tend to break pretty easily otherwise.

  • If you have access to your new location, it is sometimes a good idea to mark where you want larger furniture items to go and the names of certain rooms with post it notes.

 

Few Days After

  • Begin to Unpack – Obviously. Hang pictures, reload china cabinets, etc. If you didn’t cut down and give away items you didn’t use before the move you can still do it now! If you are feeling overwhelmed read our short blog post here.

  • Check safety features – Check to see that all of the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your new home have fresh batteries in them. Make sure that all the fire extinguishers are not expired, and check any other safety devices to see if they are functioning properly.

  • Secure your home – Have all of the locks for the house changed, because you never know how many of the previous owner’s friends and family had keys to your house. It is also a good idea to have the codes to the garage door opener changed.

  • Map out the area – One of the first things you need to do is to find the location of the nearest hospital. You never know when you or someone you love will need emergency medical attention. You should also look for the closest branch of your bank, malls and grocery stores.

  • Get to know your new home – Locate the water shutoff switches, as well as the main circuit breaker (label the switches if not already labeled). Also a good time to check your air filters!

  • Review the Home Owners’ Association (HOA) rules – HOA rules will tell you what changes you can and can’t make to your property. If your community has a recycling program, the HOA rules will tell you what materials can be recycled.

  • Meet your neighbors – It always helps to know the people that live around you, especially if you need someone to watch your home while you are gone.

  • Housewarming party – Invite your friends to see the new place that you are so proud of. Show them all of the hard work you have put into it.

  • Relax…