Moving Checklist

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_____  Hire a mover.   Ask friends for recommendations for movers. Get quotes from at least three licensed companies.

               Be sure to ask the following questions:

  • Are on-site estimates offered? 
  • How is pricing determined?
  • Will the movers pack items? (If so, at what additional cost?)
  • Is the quote binding or nonbinding?
  • What insurance is included?
  • What additional charges may arise?
_____  Request a copy of the signed contract.

_____  Contact your insurance company for additional coverage (optional).

_____  Create a binder to hold all move-related paperwork (checklists, contracts, receipts).


_____  Conduct a room-by-room survey. Sort items to keep, donate, discard, and sell.

_____  Hold a garage sale if desired.

_____  Have valuable items appraised. Photograph or videotape them. Upload images onto the computer, and save them to a CD.


Gather packing supplies, including:
  • Boxes (various sizes; wardrobe boxes)
  • Box cutters
  • Tape (packing, masking, blue painters’) Tape dispensers
  • Wrapping material (bubble, plastic, tissue paper) Labels
  • Colored stickers


_____  Pack contents of garage, attic, and storage areas, as well as other infrequently used items (books, holiday decorations).

_____  Assign a color to each room. Mark boxes and furniture with appropriate stickers (see label template).

_____  Label and number each box. Keep a master inventory list with contents of each box.

_____  Have utilities and phone/Internet services disconnected in the old home the day after you leave and installed in the new home the day before you arrive.

_____  Call a locksmith to have your new home’s locks changed on moving day or before.

_____  Arrange to have a cleaning company prepare the new home before you arrive and tidy the old home after you leave if desired.

_____  Create a binder to hold all move-related paperwork (checklists, contracts, receipts).


_____  Pack the bulk of your items.

_____  Complete a change-of-address form online ( or at the post office.

_____  Notify magazines, newspapers, banks, and credit card companies of your new address.


_____  Print an information sheet for the movers. Include the old and new addresses, directions, and your cell phone number.

_____  Get a cashier’s check made for the movers if necessary. Withdraw cash for the tip.

_____  Finish packing. Set aside enough clothing for the week ahead, plus a suitcase or two for those items.

_____  Put small valuables and important documents in a box or bag. Ask a friend to hold on to it until you’re settled, or lock it in the trunk of your car on moving day.

_____  Create a last-out, first-in box with all day-to-day necessities, including any of the following that are applicable:

  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Basic tools
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Medications
  • Camera (to document items broken in transit)
  • Snacks
  • A few dishes and utensils


_____  Do a walk-through before movers arrive to make sure everything is packed.

_____  Make sure there are no items left behind.

_____  Give keys to the real estate agent or landlord.

_____  Arrange for someone to direct the movers at your new home.

_____  Check items off the inventory list as they are unloaded.

_____  Inspect for damages. Photograph relevant items before signing the release (sometimes referred to as a bill of lading).

_____  Test faucets, toilets, utilities, phones, smoke detectors, and security systems.

_____  Turn on water heater if necessary.

_____  Begin to unpack.

_____  Flatten boxes. Set them out for recycling, or store for future use


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(source: Martha Stuart)

Moving Do’s and Don’ts

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Do start planning your move at least a month in advance.

Do go through all of your closets and drawers and get rid of items you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time.

Do have a yard sale or donate items you no longer need.

Do make a list of all of the packing supplies you need. Ask your mover for assistance.

Do get at least three written estimates

Do label boxes with the contents and room

Do stay present on moving day. The movers are going to have questions and you need to be there to ensure a smooth move.

Do stay hydrated during the move and wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Do get a good night’s sleep before the move.

Do have a “moving day survival kit.” These are items that you need in the event you don’t completely unpack. It should include toiletries, towels, a change of clothes and bedding.

Do make a list of everything you need to do on moving day.

Do make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. Ask your mover for assistance.

Do make necessary arrangement for pets.

Do make sure you have necessary medications.



Don’t have small children with you on moving day.

Don’t select your mover on price alone. Make sure the company is reputable, insured, licensed and experienced.

Don’t overload boxes. Ask your mover for advice on what should be packed in the appropriate sized box.

Don’t pack valuables such as jewelry and important documents. Keep them with you.

Don’t forget to make the necessary arrangements for correspondence and utilities.

Don’t forget to make arrangements for meals and snacks before during and after the move.

Don’t forget to check your calendar for scheduling conflicts and ask for necessary days off at work.

Don’t leave packing for the last minute. Be done in advance so that you are free to supervise the move or deal with any unexpected issues.


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Tips on Moving With Children

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8 Tips for Moving with Children

Moving is one of the top 5 most stressful life events for an adult. Can you imagine what it’s like for your children? Often, small children are leaving the comfort of the only environment they have known. Older ones may have to adjust to a new school, new friends, teachers and deal with those they will leave behind.

It’s important to be sensitive to children’s needs. Here are some tips to help make the process easier for you and the whole family unit.

  1. Talk about the move. Let them know when it’s going to happen and where they are going. Highlight what the good points. Maybe it’s a bigger room; the new house may be in close proximity to a park or entertainment complex. Allow your children to ask question and answer them directly, honestly and sensitively.
  2. Include your children. Guide them and help them pack their things and make sure that favorite items are readily accessible once they have gone to the new place. Favorite stuffed animals, a blanket or toys can offer a sense of security.
  3. Discuss the new living space. If the child is old enough, you might draw the layout of the new room. Help them visualize where furniture will placed, where the room is in the house or apartment. This can help the child begin to feel connected to and even look forward to the move and the space.
  4. Make arrangement for little ones. There is a lot of upheaval, stress and movement on moving day and little one get overwhelmed and underfoot. If at all possible, have them stay with friends or family. It will give you space to focus on the task at hand.
  5. Communicate with your teens.  Discuss “their” moving day experience. What they can expect, how computers, clothes and other items that they value will be handled. It’s important that they feel that their things are being respected and that they have a voice.
  6. Give children something to do. On moving day, the last thing you need is bored, complaining children. Plan activities such as coloring books, puzzles, handheld games or other favorite activities.
  7. Enroll children in activities. Make sure to enroll children in activities that they are normally participate in such as sports, scouts or music lessons.
  8. Take care of yourself. Get a good night’s sleep, have a plan and be patient on the day of the move. Your children will feed off of your energy. If you are rested and calm, you will be better equipped to deal with unexpected tantrums or stress.

Moving With Pets

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florida movers - packing up the dogMoving is stressful for humans but don’t forget about the impact on pets. Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne has some ideas for helping to make the transition easier for your furry family members.

  • Determine what the ordinances and regulations are for your new area, including leash laws, tags and licensing. Contact the local humane organizations and the City Clerk’s office for information.
  • Make sure you have copies of all of your pet’s records and vet’s contact information. You also should have the contact information and hours of operation for the local animal hospital in case of emergency during the move.
  • On moving day, secure a safe, quiet place for your pet to relax until the transition to the new location. All of the movement and changes in environment can be very stressful. Check on your pet regularly and try to maintain his or her normal potty and feeding schedule as much as possible. When moving in, do the same thing, keep your pet secured in a quiet, safe place until everything is settled, then allow your pet to move around and become familiar with the new surroundings.
  • Make sure you have your pet’s bowls, toys, medications, food and other necessary items accessible on moving day.
  • If your pet is normally anxious or nervous, speak with your vet about medication or other natural options to help keep your pet calm.
  • Make sure the new location is set up to be pet friendly. Have favorite toys or blankets available. Keep an eye on your pet and don’t leave him or her unsupervised until you feel confident that your pet is settled in. Keep your pet leashed until he or she becomes familiar with the new surroundings. Even if your pet responds well to your commands, the stress can easily cause your pet to become confused and run off.
  • During transport to the new location, it is recommended to use a crate or carrier to keep your pet secure and safe.
  • Ensure your pet’s tags are updated and you have a recent photo, in the unfortunate event your pet runs off.
  • If you need to find a new vet, do your research ahead of time. Inquire about emergency services, boarding, reputation, hours and maintenance services and pay attention to how the staff treats you while you are performing your research. Staff should be friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, helpful and caring.
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Finding The Right Neighborhood For You

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Home Is Where  the Heart Is:

Finding the Right Neighborhood for You

  Congratulations! You are ready to buy a home. You’ve saved enough for a down payment, researched investment potential and pre-qualified. It has lots of closet space, an open floor plan, big yard, pool and it’s just the right size. But, wait! Before signing on the dotted line, consider this, is your perfect home in the right place for you?

Here’s a list that we at Florida Moving Systems, have found to be the top things to consider beyond the floor plan:

1) Consider your lifestyle today and tomorrow. Life is unpredictable and no one plans for a divorce or job loss but you can take realistic stock of your life’s wants and needs. You may, for example be single and enjoying nightlife while looking forward to marriage and children.  Does the neighborhood you are interested in provide the entertainment options you want today while providing a family friendly environment down the road?

Be honest with yourself, if you don’t enjoy yard work and aren’t interested in cleaning gutter, repairs and maintenance, maybe you prefer a townhouse or condominium where for a monthly fee, those things are managed for you.

Also consider your proximity to loved ones. If you enjoy throwing regular dinner parties, for example, will your friends drive forty five minutes each way to visit you?  If a family member regularly watches your children, are either of you willing to drive the distance to pick/drop off the kids?

2) Location, location, location. Take stock of places you frequent and potential drive times; particularly consider your morning and evening commute for work. Don’t just imagine it. It may be worth your while to take a day and drive the commute during rush hours. After you have unpacked the boxes is not the time to find out that you cannot endure the hour-long commute that includes various busy school zones, train crossings and bumper-to-bumper traffic!

3) Are you and your neighborhood a fit? Ask yourself these questions:

What if you enjoy sleeping in on Sunday mornings and you have a neighbor who religiously mows his lawn at 6am or the house is located near the airport or railroad tracks?

What if you enjoy your quiet and the neighborhood is filled with the sound of playing children every weekday afternoon and on Saturday mornings?

What if you are young and laid back and your neighbors are all retired seniors that watch every neighborhood movement?

What if you are moving into a deed restricted neighborhood and you have a camper, boat or regular visitors that violate the parking rules?

What if you have children and there are no other children in the neighborhood or the street is very busy so that children can’t venture outside to ride bikes or play ball?

Have you researched whether there are any public road works planned that will affect your quality of life or property values?

Will the streets flood during heavy storms and what is the drainage?

Have you checked the local demographics?

Do the neighboring homes look like they are kept and maintained as you would like?

Do your neighbors have unruly pets?

Here are some suggestions to help you with your research 

  • Drive around the neighborhood. Look for any neighbors that might be out and about and take the opportunity to introduce yourself; ask what it’s like to live there.
  • Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day and the week. Observe what your senses pick up; watch the flow of movement for people and cars, listen for local traffic, the neighbors, wildlife and nearby public transportation, does the neighborhood match your overall aesthetic and does it feel like it could be home for a long time?
  • Ask your realtor about the neighborhood, as well as nearby neighborhoods. You want to gather as much as information as you can about the surrounding areas as well. 
No question is wrong or too small! Do your research so that when you do sign on the dotted line, you know that there really is no place like home!

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