Moving Check List
1. Gather an accurate inventory of what you are moving (create a spreadsheet for best results and update as you go.)
2. Go over the inventory with a professional mover to get an accurate estimate.
3. Purchase Boxes (Pro tip: Most wholesale and grocery stores have a TON of extra boxes that they plan on recycling, they will normally give them to you for free. Check with electronic stores for free T.V display boxes)
4. Purchase Packing Materials (Most home improvement stores carry everything you need.)
5. Start clearing rooms and packing boxes ASAP If you don't plan on using it, pack it. You'll thank yourself during crunch time!
6. Start fixing any damages that you can on your own to save your old security deposit if you're renting.
7. Switch all of your mail and banking to your new address a few days before the move. Trust me on this one, it will be the last thing you think of when you get to your destination.
8. Reserve any elevators or parking spaces necessary to move out of your current space, do the same for your destination.
9. Finish packing the essentials and DO NOT, under any circumstances, pack important documents, expensive jewelry or medicine on to the moving truck. I don't care how reputable the company is, this is long distance moving and anything can happen. Take those things with you.
10. Sit back and relax, If you hired movers your job is to tell them to jump, their job is to ask "how high?" They will load, drive, unload and stage the new home. If you purchased a packing service then you are really feeling like royalty at this point (as you should).
If your movers do a great job its always a good idea to leave them with a tip. These men and women work harder than your average Joe. Although these workers are paid well, it's always nice to get a token of appreciation.
Below is a link with information on consumer right's and responsibility's for moving.
Rights and responsibilities of consumer