Home Move Planning

Take a look through these tips and tricks to prepare for your household move with Central Maine Moving & Storage.

Preparing for your move.

6-8 Weeks Before Your Move:

  • Inventory and evaluate your belongings, including items in your attic, basement, garage. Determine if there is anything you can either donate or sell.
  • Make arrangements for storage services. 
  • Begin using perishable items in your house such as cleaning products and frozen foods.
  • Make a list of people to notify of your move including friends, family, subscriptions, creditors, etc.

3-4 Weeks Before Your Move:

  • Notify utilities (cable, phone, electricity, etc.) of your service shutoff date.
  • Arrange for insurance in your new location.
  • Make travel arrangements for the day of your move. (Don't make plane reservations for the actual day of your move. Give yourself 1-2 days cushion to handle any unexpected events.)
  • Purchase moving supplies, including boxes.  We can help!
  • Begin packing any items that you will not need immediately.
  • Have a garage sale for your unneeded items - or donate items to charity.

1-2 Weeks Before Your Move:

  • Make sure your car is in good working order if you plan to drive to your new location. We can transport your car for you – just let us know.
  • Settle any outstanding bills with local merchants.
  • Empty safety deposit boxes. Pick up dry cleaning. Drop off library books and video rentals.
  • Take pets to the vet for immunization and to retrieve pets' health records.

2-3 Days Before Your Move:

  • Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.
  • Pack a box of personal items that you will need immediately upon arrival at your new home.
  • Contact your Central Maine Moving & Storage Relocation Coordinator to confirm arrival time of the moving professionals.
  • Notify your CMMS Relocation Coordinator of any last-minute details.

Moving Day:

  • Make sure that someone is at home to answer the moving professionals' questions.
  • Pack special items for your children and pets including snacks, toys, and any favorite items.
  • Clear walkways and driveways.
  • Remove floor mats and door mats.
  • Remove low-hanging items such as plants or wind chimes.
  • Point out special items to your moving professionals immediately.
  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before you sign them. Make sure you understand all the paperwork and keep it safe until the moving process is complete.
  • Find out as many details as you can before the driver leaves your residence. Make sure the driver has clear directions to your new residence.
  • Your North American driver may give you a delivery estimate. Understand that certain conditions (traffic, weather) can affect delivery times. Try to be flexible.
  • Take one last sweep of your house, checking all closets, the garage, attic, and basement. You don't want to find out that an important (or heavy!) item was left behind.