Your Moving Checklist

The moving process can seem overwhelming when you first get started. In an effort to make the process more smooth, Bulldog Movers, Inc. has put together a weekly breakdown of events. Please read over the following information and feel free to call on us if there is anything we can do to assist you further.

Three to Six Weeks Before Move:

This is the time that you should be working with your mover.

  • Call Bulldog Movers and schedule your survey with estimate. This process is important
    for both you and your mover. Having a full understanding of what items are
    being moved will give both you and your mover a full understanding of manpower
    needed, costs involved, and materials required.
  • Show the moving specialist everything that needs to be moved. Any items that are added later
    will increase your cost, even with a fixed price estimate.
  • For Corporate Relocations, make sure that you are familar with your companies policies on what they will and
    will not cover. The mover will only provide the services that are covered
    by your employers policy. If extra services are needed, discuss those with
    your mover on site and those services can be provided through an independent

Begin notification of the following:

  • Electric Company
  • Gas Company
  • Phone Company
  • Water Company
  • Trash Collection Company
  • Sewer Company
  • Cable Company
  • Propane Company
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Landscaper
  • Attorney
  • CPA / Accountant
  • Insurance Agent
  • Broker
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Professional Journals
  • Book Clubs
  • Music Clubs
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Social Security Office
  • IRS / State Tax Office
  • Veterans Administration
  • City / County Tax Assessor
Business Accounts
  • Health Clubs
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Banks
  • Finance / Loan Companies
  • Prepare to get rid of items that are no longer wanted or needed. Have a garage sale or donate the items to the charity of your choice.
  • Begin to eliminate canned goods and frozen foods. The idea here is to use everything you have before packing day. Packing canned goods is unnecessary and expensive and frozen foods will not be moved by your movers.

Two Weeks Before Move:

  • Get in touch with your mover and let them know about any changes in your moving plans. Make sure to arrange any details with your mover if a car is being
    moved as well. Ensure that the correct detination address is on file with your mover.
  • Properly dispose of any flammable materials. Cleaning fluids, fireworks, aerosol cans, ammunition, propane, etc. Drain all gasoline from your lawn equipment. Discard any paint cans, oil cans, thinner, etc.
  • Call a service man to prepare all of your major appliances for move day.
  • Contact all of your utility companies in preparation for move day.
  • Contact your insurance agent and make sure that current appraisals are on file for all of your insured valuables.
  • Have rugs, drapes, etc. cleaned and leave them wrapped up when they are returned from the cleaner. This protects
    the items during move.
  • Do not oil or wax your wood furniture and do not clean any upholstery. Mold can grow inside furniture when it is damp. Oil and wax on wooden furniture can make it hard to handle and soften wood making it easier to damage.
  • Prepare your family for the move. Visit local favorite spots, have a going away event at your home or favorite spot with friends and family, enjoy yourselves. The next couple of weeks will be busy for all of you.

One Week Before Move:

  • Decide what you want to do with houseplants. You can either move them yourself or you can give them as gifts to friends or family. If you decide to move them yourself and you are moving out of state, make sure that you understand what the rules and regulations are regarding transport of houseplants across state lines.
  • Take your pets to the vet and make sure that all of their shots are up to date. Carry all appropriate documentation with you and your pets on move day. Ensure that rabies tags are attached to your pets collars along with contact information for you in the event your pet gets away from you in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Get all of your items back from the cleaners or from storage. Return all library books or rented movies. Return items you have borrowed and collect items that have been borrowed. Get items from safety deposit boxes and close accounts. Prepare to transport these items to your new bank. Call ahead and find out what you need to do to get these items back in safety deposit as soon as possible.

Day Before Move:

  • Place all items you do not want packed in a designated location inside your home. When the movers arrive make sure to let them know about the items so they will not
    accidentally get packed.
  • Unplug all electronic items 24 hours in advance so they will be at room temperature on move day.
  • Check all closets, cabinets, storage areas to ensure all articles are packed.
  • Be on hand to make sure that service personnel prepare your appliances appropriately for move day. It is your job to make sure that these items are ready for packing and moving at your expense. If there is not proof of the item being serviced then the movers may pack the item but it will be marked as not serviced so there is no liability if
    the item does not work appropriately when the item is hooked up at the new location.

Moving Day:

The big day has finally arrived and it is time to put all of your planning into action. The movers should be arriving at the designated time, unless other arrangements have been made with you in advance. The items that you plan to not have packed have been seperated from the rest of the items in the house and may already be loaded in your personal travel vehicle of choice. All service requiring items have been serviced and all electronics disconnected at least 24 hours in advance. All household plants have been either packed in your personal vehicle or given to family and friends. All utilities are scheduled for disconnection, all bank required activities have been conducted, all pets are properly documented and vaccinated, and the movers are ready to load the truck.

  • It is your job to make sure that all of your items are loaded on the moving truck. Make sure that you stay on the property to ensure that nothing is left when the movers are ready to leave. When the movers have indicated that they are finished, make a final tour of the house to ensure that everything is packed. When satisfied, sign the inventory list that the movers have for you. Make sure that you receive a copy of the inventory check list and keep it with you to assist you in the unloading check process.
  • Make sure that the movers have the exact destination address to avoid any confusion. Be sure that the driver has a contact number for you so that contact can be made if there are questions and contact with you can be made when delivery is ready.
  • Make sure that you are available by phone all day on moving day. Make sure that the phone number that you are available at is the one that the movers have.
  • When the movers are done and you have signed off on the inventory, take a look around your house and make sure that your water is turned off, your furnace is turned off, that all lights are turned off, all of your utilities are scheduled for disconnection, all of the windows and doors are shut and locked, and that the old house keys are left where arrangements have been made for them to be left.

In Conclusion:

We realize that moving is hectic and that the process can seem overwhelming. When you reach this point you can take a collective breath of relief knowing that one half of the process has been complete. We are very happy that you have chosen us and trusted us to assist you in this process. Please call on us if there is anything that we can do to make the moving process easier. If you have questions or concerns please call on your moving specialist for assistance.

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