Once you know that you are going to be moving, it is best to come up with a plan.  Aside from the obvious, there are a lot of little things that are easy to overlook or forget about.  To make your move a successful one, we offer the following tips for planning out your move.  Some of these tips may not apply if you are only moving a short distance, but are very important for long-distance moves.

1. Truck Access
Make it a point to tell the representative about your new home during the estimate.  If there are narrow roads, tight turns, low branches, a gated community, or other access restrictions at the destination, it's important we know ahead of time.

2. Service Providers
If you are going to be moving long distance, you will want to obtain copies of records from the doctor, dentist, specialists, etc. so that you can transfer them to your new service providers after the move.  This is a good one to take care of early and get it out of the way.

3. Service Contracts
Remember to cancel services like utilities, television, phone, newspaper, gardeners, child care, etc. or, if you are moving locally, you may be able to transfer most of these services to your new address.

4. Keys
Make sure to collect all keys to your house, including emergency keys with relatives, neighbors, or hidden somewhere, so that they can be given to the new owner.  Don't forget any special keys for cabinets, sheds, garage door openers and alarm codes as well.

5. Third Party Services
We are capable of moving most everything in your home, but some items may require disassembly or special preparation.  For most common household furniture, we can provide the necessary disassembly, but some items, such as pool tables, spas, grand pianos, and complex home entertainment systems generally require the expertise of a 3rd party professional to disassemble and prepare them for moving.  To find out whether a 3rd party will be needed for a specific item, simply give us a call.

6. Pets
You will need to make your own arrangements for how you want to transport your pets to your new home.  It is also a good idea to plan what you are going to do with them while the movers are loading and unloading.  On local moves we recommend putting them in a kennel or having a friend or relative watch them for the day.

7. Plants
Plants cannot be accepted on interstate moves.  They generally do not do well on long distance moves anyway, due to the prolonged lack of water and sunlight.  For moves within California, plants can be taken at your discretion.  They do not have to be packed in a box, but make sure the pots they are planted in are in good condition and clean on the outside.  Large, bulky plants should be trimmed to fit better in the truck.  Most importantly, DO NOT OVERWATER!  Excess water will leak out in the truck and can damage your other items.

8. Items In Storage
If you have items or boxes stored away in an attic, crawlspace, or shed around your house, don't forget that these all need to be packed for the move as well.  It is also important that you remember to show these items to a representative when getting an estimate to avoid additional charges on moving day.  If you have items in a commercial storage at another location, the same applies, unless these items are not going to be part of the move.

9. Other Forgotten Places
If you are moving long distance, don't forget to collect any miscellaneous items that you have stored in lockers at your gym, school, or work.  Items in safe deposit boxes, at the cleaners, or loaned to friends and family can also be easily forgotten.

10. Saving Money
Moving can be that excuse you've been looking for to finally go through all of that stuff in the closet or garage or wherever.  A great way to make some money to offset your move is to have a moving sale.  If your move is job related, you also may be eligible for a tax deduction.  If this is the case, keep track of all your moving expenses and contact the IRS or a tax consultant for more information and to find out if your move meets the requirements.

11. Packing
Everything in your house that is going on the truck needs to be properly packed.  This is easily the most time consuming part of any move.  When you know you are going to be moving, the sooner you can start packing the better off you'll be.  Holiday decorations, other seasonal items and things in storage or rarely used can be packed early on to save time when you get closer to moving day.  We do offer full packing services, but if you are going to do it yourself, take a look at our packing tips.