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Dover Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist for Dover

A household move is a major undertaking. Berry Van Lines has helped develop our Dover moving checklist to help you organize and prioritize your move. One of the first priorities your moving counselor will suggest is selecting three important dates; packing, loading the van, and delivery of your items to your new home or office. It is good to allow a time span of approximately 30 days. And it is always recommended to avoid the peak periods, such as the last few days of the month.

6 – 8 weeks before move

  • Inventory all of your items that Berry Van Lines is transporting for you.
  • Decide which items to move and which not to store or discard.
  • Schedule a moving sale to sell unwanted items or donate unwanted items to a charity for a possible tax deduction.
  • If relocating, make personal travel plans for your move, such as airline tickets, hotel reservations and road maps for your trip routing.
  • Set a packing date. We offer professional packing crews that will save you countless hours; we also offer a full line of durable cartons should you decide to pack yourself.
  • Gather family records: medical, dental, school, birth, baptismal, marriage, financial, insurance, wills, immunization records, etc. Ask schools to forward transcripts to your new school(s).

Discontinue the following just prior to moving day:

  • Newspaper, magazine subscriptions
  • Electric and/or gas -ask about refunds on portion of month not used
  • Water, water softer, water delivery service
  • Telephone and/or long distance provider
  • Internet provider
  • Cable company, satellite T.V.
  • Lawn, pool service
  • Fuel or oil delivery
  • Garbage collection
  • Make advance arrangements for these services in your new community

Change your address with your local post office and mail address change cards to the following:

  • Bank(s) & Iinvestment companies
  • Social Security office
  • Credit card companies
  • Employer or vendors
  • Insurance companies
  • Subscription magazines
  • Mail order accounts
  • Friends and relatives

You may also change your address online:

2 – 3 weeks before move

  • Fill and transfer prescription medications for family members and pets.
  • Advise insurance companies of your pending move and update policies.
  • Make separate shipping arrangements for pets and plants.
  • Safely dispose of or give away all flammable materials (paints, paint removers, other solvents, and propane tanks). These items cannot be moved.
  • Cancel / transfer club memberships.

1 week before move

  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer. Allow sufficient drying time to prevent mildew.
  • Dispose of food items that require refrigeration.
  • Collect all items from separate locations (office, schools, clubs, etc.) and bring home to pack and move.
  • Make arrangements for child care and pet care on moving day.
  • Transfer funds from checking and savings accounts to new accounts in your new community.
  • Drain fuel, oil from lawnmowers and other power equipment.
  • Pack items to be carried in your car and mark each carton: DO NOT MOVE.
  • Prepare your Survival Kit.
  • Close out safe deposit box. The items from your safe deposit box and other valuables, such as jewelry, should be transported in your car.
  • Send clothing, draperies, curtains and rugs out for cleaning; leave them in the wrapping for the move.
  • Service your vehicle(s).
  • Pre-pack suitcases.

Moving Day

  • Remove and pack bed linens in dresser drawers for convenience.
  • Be available to check items on your inventory sheet as they leave your house to be loaded on the van. When all cartons and furnishings have been loaded on the van, conduct a last minute walk through. Check all closets, make sure windows are shut and locked, lights are turned off and doors are locked.
  • Get copies of shipping documents.

Move In Day

You will need to be present to check each item or box off your inventory checklist as they are removed from the van and brought into your new home.


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