pre move checklist

Are you tired of your current home and looking for a better fit? Maybe you want a bigger place to grow your family, or a comfortable and quaint space to retire. No matter your reasons for moving, one thing is for sure. Moving can be really annoying and really expensive. Endless boxes, endless junk, and endless stress await those who aren’t prepared. Here are five things to do before moving day to save time, money, and your sanity:

  • Schedule in advance.

Someone a lot smarter than me once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” In this case, I couldn’t agree more. Trying to plan a move haphazardly is like trying to swim through sand, and will end with equally disastrous results. To set yourself up for a successful, low-stress move, set a date early in advance and determine your costs and your budget. Start by requesting a free moving estimate online so you can budget accordingly.

  • What specialty services do you need?

Think about what speciality services  you might need for your move. For instance, if you need to carry a piano up six flights of steps, you might want to keep that in mind as you plan. 

  • Take inventory. 

All right, the date is set. Now, take stock of everything in your home. Closets, attic, garage, and everywhere in between should all be looked at so you can determine what needs to stay and what needs to go. Precious family photos? Keep. Raggedy rocking chair? I think we can leave that behind or donate it. 

  • Get organized. 

Now’s the time to trash what’s useless, sell or donate what’s unneeded, and begin collecting what you’re taking with you. Donating unnecessary clothing and selling random odds and ends in a yard sale is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to clear things out. When that’s all done, you’ll be left with just the essentials, which you can begin packing at your discretion. Determine how many boxes you will need and don’t forget to buy plenty of packing tape and markers to label you boxes.

  • Get help.

For the easiest moving experience, you’re going to want to hire experienced movers to do most of the heavy lifting. Budgeting for a moving company to help you move furniture and heavy boxes is well worth it, especially if you have a bad back. Movers can also pack and unpack for you and even assemble your furniture for a completely stress-free moving experience!


Tahoe Moving Company specializes in long-distance and local moves, and offers customized services such as storage units and specialty items.


Call 530-536-3888 now or visit our website to get a free moving estimate!