Are you are planning to from or to the Dallas/Fort Worth TX area? Our team at North Dallas Moving and Storage (NDMS) have put together a moving checklist to help you get organized. Since 1966, we have helped families and business move with confidence. Our moving professionals pay close attention to every detail, and provide a caring and knowledgeable staff to make every move a pleasant and stress-free experience. Please read the tips to help you prepare for you move and you can also download our NDMS moving and planning reminder checklist.
8 Weeks Out:
- Request a free online moving estimate. Call our moving professionals at North Dallas Moving and Storage. Set a date for us to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.
- If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.
- Do you want to do any of the packing—or will you have it done by our pack crews? Our NDMS professional moving planners will be be fully prepared to discuss packing services with you.
- Show us everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment, typically will increase the cost from any moving company. No worries if you are working with NDMS, as we pay close attention to every detail, and provide a professional and knowledgeable staff to make every move a pleasant and stress-free experience.
- Read the “Your Rights and Responsibilities” brochure to make certain that you fully understand the extent of the carrier’s liability.
- Ask us about MyUnited; your personalized move planner. You will be able to view documents, get tools and tips, plus much more to help make your move simple.
7 Weeks Out:
- Secure your estimate with NDMS and and book your move.
- Only sign and agree to your Estimate/Order for Service after you are 100% comfortable, and sure you have a clear understanding of the entire moving process. Have questions? Ask your move coordinator.
- Lock in your move-out date and confirm your moving plan when you officially book your move.
- Bookmark this site and keep our phone number and name of your move coordinator handy; feel free to ask questions or request more moving tips.
6 Weeks Out:
- Notify your utilities and service providers and notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of address form is available on the United States Postal Service website.
- Change your address with your banks, insurance providers, credit cards and magazine subscriptions.
- Update your information with doctors, lawyers, accountants and any other professional services.
5 Weeks Out:
- Determine what to toss, sell or give away.
- Go through every room in your house to sort through what will move with you and what will not.
- Have a garage sale or online auction to dispose of any unwanted items.
- Donate your unwanted clothing, furniture or other household goods (pots, pans, dishes, bedding, etc.) to your favorite local
charities. Don’t forget to grab receipts showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
4 Weeks Out:
- Check in with your mover
- Notify your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates.
- Be sure to supply your agent with the destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached.
- Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points – make sure this step is listed on your personal moving planner.
- If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a loading site for auto transport. Also be prepared to pick up your car at your destination location.
3 Weeks Out:
Inform your friends and family
- Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
- Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.
- Have some fun for yourself with an open house or an informal dinner or barbecue.
Confirm travel plans
- Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.
- If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes, windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.).
- If you are flying, make sure you have your airfare and other necessary transportation booked.
- Book any hotels or stops you’ll need to make along the way.
- Think about what items you’ll need with you for the trip and for your first night in your new home. Set them aside so they don’t accidentally get packed.
- If you’re packing yourself, get a head start now so you aren’t overwhelmed at the last minute. Books, out of season clothes and decorative items are a great place to start.
- Read our packing tips and plan your approach.
Begin preparing your home
- You must dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition and poisons such as weed killer. Drain fuel from your power
mower and other machinery and tighten all gas caps.
- Please read the complete list of non-allowables.
- Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.
- Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment, or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this service.
- Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.
- Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.
- Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture)
before moving because some products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
- Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must be placed in storage. Check out our tips for moving antiques.
2 Weeks Out:
Plan for your pets.
- Make sure you have made travel plans for your pets. If you need to board them or leave them with friends, confirm those plans
- Take your pets to the vet and make sure you have any required health certificates or inoculations – every state has different requirements.
- Pick up anything you had cleaned, stored or repaired.
- Empty your locker at the club, gym or bowling alley.
- Return anything you have borrowed from friends or neighbors, including library books.
Go back and double check this list
- Make sure you have not forgotten any of the critical items.
- Have you packed or gotten rid of everything that’s not moving?
- Have you confirmed all the details with your move coordinator?
1 Week to go:
Last minute details
Be on hand when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment.
One Day Away
- Point out any extra-fragile items needing special attention.
- If certain items should not be packed or moved, mark them appropriately.
- Label any items or boxes you will want first when the truck arrives at your new home (valuables, electronics, etc.).
- If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Upon arrival, our truck operator will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.
- If our moving professionals are helping you pack, collect things you definitely want packed together, such as children’s toys, and place in separate groups.
- Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos and audio/video equipment. Ask your move coordinator for a copy of our “If There’s a Home Computer in Your Move…” booklet.