Moving Tips from Haynes Van & Storage

Follow these moving tips from Haynes van & Storage to keep your moving experience simple and efficient!

Selecting the right mover for you is the first important decision you will make to make your move successful.

Haynes Van & Storage offers these suggestions:
Moving Calendar
If you have several weeks before your move, you will want to consider preparing for your move in stages. Haynes Van & Storage Moving suggests the following move calendar if time allows.

If you do not have this amount of lead time, you will want to compress the calendar, but be sure to include all of the items in your revised schedule.

12-9 Weeks Before

  • If your employer is paying for all or part of your move, verify what your company covers.
  • Establish tentative dates for your move.
  • Contact Haynes Van & Storage Moving to help plan your move.
  • Check out schools and determine the process for getting children registered in school.

8-7 Weeks Before

  • Begin sorting out those items you do not plan to move. Make plans for selling them or donating them to charity.
  • Contact the IRS or your accountant for forms and information regarding tax-deductible moving expenses.

6 Weeks Before

  • Finalize your living arrangements, homeowners/renters insurance and finances regarding your new residence.
  • Assess job opportunities for your spouse or children.
  • Establish new bank accounts if your current bank doesn’t have a branch in your new area.
  • Sketch out a floor plan of your new home and get room measurements.
  • Contact the utility company that services your new residence to transfer service into your name – or utilize the Stevens Concierge Service.

5 Weeks Before

  • Finalize pickup and delivery dates with Haynes Van & Storage. If you need storage, make arrangements with Haynes Van & Storage now.
  • Read our Packing Tips, if you plan to pack yourself.
  • Continue sorting belongings that you will dispose of, items you are taking with you, and everything else that goes with the mover.
  • If you have high value or unusual items that you expect to ship, obtain an appraisal and gather receipts.

4 Weeks Before

  • Visit www.usps.com to notify the postal service of your new address and send change-of-address cards to friends, relatives, and periodicals.
  • Arrange for utilities, repairs, and installations in your new home – or utilize the Stevens Concierge Service.
  • Obtain forms for transferring driver’s license(s) and applying for credit.
  • Contact your doctor and dentist offices for referrals to a new physician and dentist and to obtain dental and medical records to take with you.

3 Weeks Before

  • If you are doing your own packing, start now.
  • Make any travel arrangements, including interim hotel reservations and car rental.

2 Weeks Before

  • Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors.
  • Relax! Take the family for a farewell drive to some of the places you’ve loved. Have a “going away” party for the kids and their friends.
  • Take care of bills, stocks and investments.
  • Take pet(s) to a veterinarian for immunization, and get a copy of their records for your new veterinarian.
  • Transfer bank accounts.
  • Drain oil and gasoline from power equipment.
  • Service the car before your trip.

1 Week Before

  • Transfer prescriptions.
  • Arrange for delivery services to be discontinued, newspapers, etc.
  • Start gathering those items to take with you on your trip.
  • Pack luggage.
  • Defrost and dry refrigerator and freezer to be moved.
  • Obtain cash or traveler’s checks for trip expenses.

What to Take Along

Haynes Van & Storage offers some suggestions of what you may need to take with you. These items may differ depending on the length of your trip, how you are traveling, and whether you have small children and pets.

  • Suitcases
  • Moving paperwork
  • Credit cards, cash
  • House and car keys
  • Irreplaceable items, valuables
  • Kids’ toys
  • Pre-moistened towels
  • Drinking water & beverages
  • Snacks
  • Pet food and dishes
  • Blankets and pillows
  • First aid kit
  • Road maps
  • Photo identification
  • Car registration, proof of insurance

Moving Non- Allowables

Before your possessions are packed and loaded, it is important to learn which items cannot be shipped because they are hazardous, perishable or irreplaceable. Listed below are common non- allowable items that you will need to consider before your move.

Hazardous Materials : items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive

  • Acids
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car Batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal lighter fluid
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fireworks
  • Gasoline
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp oil
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Motor oil
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paint thinner
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Reloading supplies
  • Scuba tanks
  • Sterno
  • Weed killer


Perishables: Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit

  • Frozen food
  • Open food products
  • Live plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated food

NOTE: You should empty refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 36 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

* Any gasoline powered items (i.e. lawn mowers, motorcycles, go carts, generators, pressure washers) must have ALL of the gasoline drained from them before they can be moved.

Helpful Information from Haynes Van & Storage

Haynes Van & Storage encourages you to be as informed as possible about your upcoming move, the services you will receive and how to make sure the service you select is right for you and your family.

The following organizations may be of assistance in your research and in providing answers to your moving questions:

In addition, a Haynes Van & Storage representative will be happy to assist you with any questions or information before, during, and after your move.