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On the unofficial list of life’s most stressful events, moving is bound to be in the top ten. Apart from finding a new residence, having utilities turned on and learning your way around a new neighborhood, just the thought of facing all the “stuff” you’ve accumulated over the years is enough to send you into a tailspin.

Research, research, research – It’s amazing how many people will spend hours scouring the internet for local sales flyers for a new DVD system or computer package. However, they will take all of 5 minutes looking for a moving company. Investigate and receive quotes from a few different companies. When possible, get recommendations from friends and family. This company will be responsible for your most valuable possessions. Don’t just go with the lowest price or the fancy advertising. If cost is an issue and you want to move yourself, examine everything that is involved. Professional moving trucks can transport a larger amount of your belongings more efficiently. While you may think you are saving money by moving yourself, extra trips, breakages and injury from heaving lifting could actually cost you in the long run.

We want you to have a problem free move. Below we have listed some procedures that will be helpful to follow. Whether you are buying and selling a house or condo, or renting an apartment, coordination of vacancy and occupancy dates can be a challenge. If you are thinking of moving in the near future, call to schedule your move well in advance. In timing your move, try to give a choice of days you would like. If your new home isn’t ready as quickly as you had hoped for, Matthew’s Moving and Storage can provide storage for your goods short term or long.

Planning and Organization

Plan, Organize, Plan, Organize. . . . . There! We probably haven’t said it enough. But if you can master those two concepts, you are well on your way to an efficient and painless move. Make a list of what you need to do, and when you need to do it. One approach is to make a calendar of events for your moving timetable.

Assess you mess – Your first step is to take an inventory of your belongings. Make a list of the items that you will need immediately, and those that can stay packed for a while (i.e. if you are moving in the summer, you probably won’t be using your wooly winter sweaters for a while). Also take the time to discard items with a sole purpose of taking up space – You know, the things accumulating dust that you haven’t touched in years. Pack the items you won’t need readily first and put them aside. You are already on your way.

Garage Sales are another American tradition that are especially useful before moving. They enable you to sell unwanted furniture, appliances, clothing and other household items that you no longer use.

The kid’s room is usually a good place to start when it comes to elimination. The clothes they have outgrown and toys they don’t play with can be sold at the garage sale, or maybe welcomed by your favorite charity. And remember, when you make charitable donations, the Internal Revenue Service may allow certain deductions from your income tax.

Things That Simply Cannot Go

There are things that cannot go with the mover, and that you will probably not want to move yourself; namely hazardous materials.

Hazardous materials include anything flammable or corrosive, like paint, cleaning products, antifreeze and oil, and of course gasoline. Also, if you have a gas grill with a tank, be sure the tank is completely empty before either you or the mover takes it. If you have left over paint from your house, label the cans as to where it was used and leave them behind in the garage or basement. The new residents will appreciate the favor. Keep these types of items clearly separated from everything else so nothing gets packed or moved unintentionally. Whatever you do, remember not to ship anything that might put at risk all of your possessions in the moving van.

Before Your Move

Dispose of all hazardous materials and combustibles Separate goods you wish to move yourself.

On Moving Day

Do not have your phone disconnected until after moving day Plan your day so that you will not leave your old residence until the moving company leaves, unless you have a reliable person to act on your behalf and to sign all necessary documents. When all goods have been loaded, make a thorough check of all rooms, attics, basements, closets, and cupboards and behind doors. It is your responsibility to make sure that nothing has been loaded into the truck in error.


Inherent in any move, of course, are stresses and strains that can tire one out. It’s important to designate a room in your new place where you can go relax and unwind.

When you begin your unpacking, first, set out by setting up the kitchen basics. Life will be easier if the microwave, coffee pot and toaster are working. Next, arrange your bathrooms so you can find toiletries, soap and towels for a relaxing bath or shower at day’s end.

Set realistic goals, if you don’t get all of the unpacking done in a day, don’t worry; you’ll be settled in good time. It’s more important that your move be enjoyable.

Here are some things to think about as you prepare for a move. Feel free to print out and consider this list for a worry-free move.

Be sure to contact these services:

If you are moving out of area:

Also, be sure to contact these utilities to coordinate the disconnection at origin and the hookup at destination: