Moving Tips

Once you’ve made the decision to move – it’s time to get packing! Moving involves a lot of steps, so creating an organized action plan is the best way to guarantee a successful move.


We’ve developed a list of tips and tricks to help guide you through each phase of the moving process. From packing each room in your home to making plans for your children and/or pets, we cover every aspect of the moving process to help make your move much easier. For more tips, check out our FAQ page!


With more than 40 years of experience in moving and storage, Lane’s Moving & Storage knows what works and doesn’t. Check out some of the moving tips below.

Packing, Moving & Unpacking Tips

  • Pack a box of essentials (sheets, towels, etc.) for the first night in your new home.
  • Pack a current phone book to take with you in case you need to make calls to residents or businesses back in your former hometown.
  • Place a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda, or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking inside your refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh.
  • Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes.
  • Place pictures between sheets and blankets for added protection.
  • Plates and records should be packed vertically, rather than placed flat
  • Tightly secure lids on medicine and toiletry items before packing
  • Remove bulbs before packing lamps
  • Keep your shipment registration number, found in the upper right-hand corner of your bill of lading, in case you need to call your mover
  • Provide contact information to your move coordinator and driver
  • Provide alternate contact information in case you can’t be reached
  • Arrange for pet sitters on moving day to keep your pet calm
  • Notify the post office with your new address for mail forwarding
  • Make sure all boxes are appropriately labeled before loading
  • Set all utilities to be shut off the day after your moving date
  • Make one last run through the house to make sure you’ve got everything
  • Make sure there’s adequate parking for the moving truck(s)
  • Ask movers to place labeled boxes in the designated room(s)
  • Give your PC time to acclimate to room temperature before plugging in
  • Hook up TV first to occupy the kids while the van is being unloaded
  • Set up essential rooms first, such as the bathroom and bedroom(s)
  • Call to have utilities turned on the day before move in day.
  • Order take-out or ask friends and family to bring meals so you don’t have to cook
  • Unpack food items quickly to prevent them from spoiling