How do I prepare for my move?
How do I hire a household moving company?
How do I pack for my move?
How do I cut my moving costs?
How do I help my children cope with the move?
Printable Household Moving Checklists
Take a deep breath. We understand that each household move is different and there can be some anxiety surrounding the idea of moving. We’re here to map out each step of the moving process, help you find a moving company you can trust and make sure the whole experience is as stress-free as possible for you.
As you may know, a household move describes when people pack up the belongings in their home and move to a new location.
A household move can be local, intrastate or long-distance. A local move is short distance and can be within the same county, city or even neighborhood. An intrastate move (not to be confused with interstate moves) is moving within the same state. A long-distance move means you’re moving your household goods across state lines. A long-distance move can also be referred to as a cross-country move or state-to-state move.
It’s important to know what type of move you’re preparing for because that will determine the steps you’ll need to take leading up to it.
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The hardest part of any move is knowing where to start. There are a million things to do and it can be difficult figuring out how to prioritize them and fit them into your schedule. Lucky for you, we’ve been moving household goods all over the country since 1927. We’ve narrowed the process down to a science and are eager to share our expertise with you.
We’ve provided a detailed list which breaks down the moving process week by week. The list starts 8 weeks out, but of course the sooner you start the process, the better.
Here’s a printable version of our checklist.
Finding the right moving company can be tricky. Many people don’t know what to look for when deciding who to trust with their expensive furniture and family heirlooms. You’ll want to choose a moving company who is transparent, licensed and friendly.
Unfortunately, there are a large amount of scam companies out there. In fact, roughly 3,000 Americans fall victim to moving fraud every year. We want to make sure that you don’t become a statistic.
Make sure you know your rights. Household moves require special authority to transport customers’ items from one state to another. This authority is granted by federal regulators. Moving companies that offer long-distance moving must adhere to regulations designed to protect you and your belongings.
One of the most important things to note when selecting a household mover is to ensure that the people you communicate with are able to answer all of your questions relating to pricing, process, valuation, add-on services (like packing and storage), timelines and resources that will guide you along.
We will help you plan your household move, transport your belongings and support you all along the way by engaging in open communication, providing you with moving tips and tools and simply being there for you. Thousands of people across the United States are choosing Mayflower as their preferred moving company. We’d love to be your choice as well.
Here’s what to do:
Share your information. We will collect all of the necessary information about your move, including the date of your move and where you are moving to, as well as information regarding your home, property and any add-on services, such as packing, cleaning, storage or technology installation, that you may need.
Walk-through. We will then schedule either a video call or in-person walk-through, wherein one of our estimators will view the items that you need us to move. This is the best way to assess your move and provide you with a detailed and accurate quote.
You receive your quote. Once you receive and sign your quote, a move coordinator will be assigned to your move and will serve as your point of contact moving forward. He or she can answer any questions you may have and provide you with valuable information to help you prepare. Our website offers a boundless collection of household moving resources as well.
The longest and most difficult step of the moving process is packing everything up. We know how overwhelming it can be thinking about all the different rooms filled with stuff that hasn’t been touched in years. The more you think about it, the more you wish you could just snap your fingers and have everything instantly boxed up.
We’ve put together a list of supplies you’ll need for packing. We also realize that certain items can be trickier to pack than others, therefore we’ve also supplied you with tips and tricks on how to pack these different items accompanied by instructional videos. Our goal is to make both your life easier.
The million dollar question (yes, pun intended). Whether you’re moving across the country or simply buying groceries, we are always looking for ways to cut costs. One of those ways is decluttering before you start packing. We recommend holding a garage sale, setting up shop at a local flea market, posting items on local Facebook pages or selling apps, or donating items to charity.
If you’re not one for letting go, here’s a few other money saving tips: 10 Simple Ways to Cut Moving Costs.
It’s important to be aware of moving deductions for tax reasons as well, so make sure you have current information for the tax year in which you are moving.
A large majority of household moves are due to job relocation. If you’re relocating for a job, you’ll want to be aware of what’s normally covered during job relocation and what can be negotiated.
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With all the stress of choosing a moving company and packing up your home, it’s easy to slip up on giving your children proper attention during a move. Informing your children that you’ll be moving to a new home and providing them with special attention is an important step in the moving process. Depending on their age, they may react in a variety of different ways. You may get very strong positive reactions, negative reactions or a mixture of both.
You’ll want to tell them as soon as possible in order to give them time to warm up to the idea. Big changes can be unnerving for young children and “life-shattering” for your dramatic teenagers. We want to make sure that you approach that conversation in the best way possible, addressing their concerns and assuring them that it’ll be a positive change.
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Mayflower strives to make your move smooth by offering tools and checklists that you can print and easily integrate into your move process. One of our most popular printable moving checklists is our 2-month move planner. This checklist lays out specific to-dos that should be considered when going through the move process. Everything from purging items that you won't be taking with you to planning for your pets on moving day is outlined in this comprehensive planner. Here are some other helpful printable checklists for your reference:
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See below to view our various household moving services. If you have questions, you can call us at 877-720-4066 or complete the form at the top of this page to request your household moving quote today!
With convenient locations serving every major region, Mayflower agents are proud to service the local residential moving needs.
Mayflower Transit is federally licensed to provide long-distance, interstate moving services to households and businesses moving cross country.
Mayflower manages an international relocation network to provide reliable moving services to any global destinations in over 180 countries.
Mayflower Transit provides temporary, short-term and long-term storage solutions to both residential movers and businesses in over 180 countries.
Mayflower offers affordable Service Packages to provide you with flexible options for enhancing your moving experience.
Request a moving quote from Mayflower to start building a budget. An in-home estimate will help you identify the moving packages that meet your needs.