Your Step-by-Step Moving Guide

Emily Long
Researcher & Writer
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Published on February 09, 2021
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Between full-service moves, container moves, truck rental moves, and hybrid moves, there’s no limit to your moving options. But which move type is right for you? It all depends on your budget, your time frame, and how much heavy lifting you want to do yourself. Move.org has analyzed the costs and benefits of your different options to help you find the right move type for your situation.

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Your move is the ideal time to write out your home inventory. You’ll need to catalog your belongings for your mover, and there are plenty of benefits to having a comprehensive list of all your stuff. For one thing, it can help you decide what you no longer need. Move.org put together a step-by-step guide to help you inventory your household goods.

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hire a moving company

Hiring a moving company—whether you’re booking a full-service mover, reserving a moving container, or renting a moving truck—is one of the key decisions you’ll make leading up to your move. We’ve compiled a list of the best movers in the business so you can compare your options and get quotes quickly.

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finish paperwork

From forwarding your mail to canceling your utilities, there’s a lot of paperwork to handle before and after your move. That’s why Move.org put together a comprehensive guide to moving paperwork, including how to change medical providers, change kids’ schools, forward mail to your new address, and more.

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hire car shipper

If you can’t (or don’t want to) drive your vehicle to your destination—you’re in too big of a hurry for a road trip or you have to drive a moving truck instead—an auto transport company can take care of it for you. We’ve picked out the best car shippers in the biz to get your vehicle to your new home quickly, safely, and at an affordable price.

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junk removal

The more stuff you take when you move, the more time and money it’ll take. Make things easy on yourself by packing up only what you really need and using a junk removal company for the rest. We’ve compiled a list of the best junk removal companies along with tips for getting ready to pack.

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road trip planning

Your move is only a few weeks away, which means it’s time to plan your road trip. If you’re driving your moving truck yourself instead of hiring a full-service mover, this can be especially tricky. Move.org put together a list of tips and tricks that will make your journey as fun, safe, and quick as possible.

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buy packing supplies

Reliable packing supplies are the backbone of every successful move. To ensure your move goes smoothly, you’ll need boxes, packing tape, furniture covers, and tools. And don’t forget about renting a dolly! To help you quickly find everything you need, Move.org researched packing supplies and equipment from dozens of suppliers.

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confirm move date

Your move is only weeks away, so it’s time to double-check your move-in date and make adjustments. Remember, your move-in date might not be the day your lease starts. Call your realtor or landlord to ensure your home is ready when you are. If your move-in date isn’t when you thought, Move.org has your back. We’ve got a list of storage companies that will temporarily store your stuff for cheap.

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Step 10: Set Up Home Services

If you don’t make plans for your new home’s internet before you move, you’ll probably have to go without it for a few days (that means no Netflix!). Save yourself the hassle by setting up a service transfer or choosing a new internet provider ahead of time. From Wi-Fi to cable TV to home security, it’s time to make sure your home services will be ready to use the day you move into your new home.

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pack efficiently

The sooner you start packing, the sooner it’s over. Start by packing things you don’t need daily: your books, most of your dishes, and any furniture you’ll be comfortable without. Don’t worry about packing essential items until the night before you leave. To help you pack quickly and efficiently, Move.org has a list of handy packing tips.

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prepare for moving day

Your moving day is within sight, so it’s time to start disassembling the last of your furniture and packing everything that isn’t in a box yet. It’s also time to get your current home ready to be vacated and your new home ready for your arrival. Move.org has a list of final steps that will help your moving day go off without a hitch.

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Emily Long
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Emily Long
Emily Long is the copy editor for Move.org, where she works with the content team to demystify the moving process. She’s survived eight moves in the last nine years, including one harrowing drive in a 16-foot rental truck from Georgia to Utah. She has almost ten years of experience reporting, writing, and editing—all fueled by coffee, of course.