Helpful Moving Tips


From your friendly San Francisco Moving Specialists.

Arrange address change notification with the following:

  • The Post Office (
  • Department of Motor Vehicles (
  • Doctors, Pharmacies and Vets
  • Subscriptions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Bankers and Credit Cards as well as Utilities

As your move date approaches:

  • Dispose of items not to be moved or segregate them
  • Choose people who make you comfortable to assist you with move related planning
  • Build a comprehensive Move-Plan considering all potential variables

When conducting a partial or complete self-pack, always remember:

  • Books and paper products belong in; Small or (Book) boxes, no larger than 1.5cf. 12”x12”x16”
  • No carton should be heavier than you can expect to reasonably handle during unpack
  • All boxes should consist of items of similar density (No skillet and crystal mixed)
  • Remember; All boxes will be stacked on dollies and in the truck (Unless marked; Do Not Stack)
  • Remember; All boxes cannot be marked; (Do Not Stack)
  • Exclude hazardous materials or segregate them accordingly
  • Mark your boxes on opposite sides to ensure you will identify them easily at their destination
  • Avoid asking your mover to handle; Weapons, Flammables, Corrosives or Explosives
  • Wardrobes and mattress cartons will always be provided by your chosen Bay Area Mover
  • Consider leaving; Pictures, Mirrors, Electronics, Clocks and High-Value items to the movers
  • Or; Consider moving such items yourself (Locally) to reduce costs and risk
  • When in doubt, call your SF Peninsula Mover for advice on any packing issues

Eight Weeks Before Your Move

  1. Once you’ve decided where your moving, make arrangement for those items not needed
  2. Retrieve things that are out on loan to friends, neighbors and family
  3. Start collecting materials for self-packing, your Local Mover should be able to offer help
  4. Act on the above Address Change recommendations

Six Weeks Before Your Move

  1. Finalize plans to arrange for the outside services peripheral to your move according to a budget
  2. Begin to thin out your pantry, make donations and have a garage sale and/or debris pickup
  3. Work on your floor-plan for the distribution of the remainder of things going to your new home
  4. Plan any get-togethers for the people you are leaving behind

One Month Before Your Move

  1. Commence Planning for (Long Distance Moves Only), to include: Auto shippers (we can help with referrals), Air and Hotel accomodations/reservations, Car Rental, mapping, and amusement options en-route, and Pet Management options.
  2. If possible, book your move early to ensure availability and proper planning time for everyone
  3. Make and implement decision about; Artwork, Clocks, Appliances and Consumer Electronics
  4. Confer with your Insurance Agent about proper valuation options for your moving needs
  5. Give proper notice to all parties concerned with your move, such as your gardener, etc.
  6. Begin the portion of packing you have decided upon, starting in the garage/basement areas

Two Weeks Before Your Move

  1. Back up your computer files and collect important documents, placing them safely off-site
  2. Transfer appropriate funds, closing old accounts and opening new ones in a timely manner
  3. Dispose of hazardous materials you or the new owner no longer want or need to move
  4. Gauge your progress on self-packing and if necessary revisit this issue with your local mover
  5. Address any elevator reservations or parking permits required at either end with your mover

One Week Before Your Move

  1. Return all library items and collect dry cleaning etc.
  2. Arrange for the mailbox to be monitored after you leave; just in case
  3. Refill any Rx that you are low on and finalize the transfer of records of any kind
  4. Implement all address changes you have previously prepared for

Just Prior To Your Move

  1. Firm up your moving plan with your mover and confirm travel arrangements
  2. Clean your appliances and fixtures for the last time and water the plants 3 days prior to move
  3. Make final financial preparations, collect any documents and separate them from your boxes
  4. Arrange for phone and utilities to be turned off one day after your planned move out date
  5. Disconnect all your electronics and carefully identify the location of remotes and cabling
  6. Leave drawers full of fabric and put a full set of bedding and the first night supplies in dressers
  7. Put shoes, purses and/or bedding in large plastic bags to place in bottoms of wardrobes
  8. Prepare to hand-carry (Locally), all your aerosols and cleansers you intend to keep

On Moving Day Prior To The Arrival Of Your Bay Area Moving Company

  1. Strip your beds and fill the bedding into plastics bags to be placed in the wardrobe cartons
  2. Have things arranged so that you have the fewest distractions possible and can guide the mover
  3. Your crew leader will want to (Walk Through) the move upon arrival to verify your needs
  4. After the (Walk Through), relax and enjoy the fact that you are well prepared for the move
  5. Once loaded, accompany the moving truck(s) to your destination if that is possible (Locally)
  6. Carefully direct traffic as the truck is unloaded to ensure proper placement,the first time
  7. All furniture dismantled by our local moving company, will be re-assembled properly
  8. A second walk-through will occur after the truck has been unloaded and the move is complete
  9. Conduct your own walk-through and inspect the truck to verify that the move meets your needs
  10. Ensure that you receive legible copies of all of the moving documents presented by the movers
  11. Make necessary notes to report to your moving consultant when he or she calls for a debriefing
  12. Inform the crew leader before they depart if you would be willing to provide a reference

After Your Move Is Completed By Your Moving Company

  1. Once you are near completion of your part of the unpacking, call for a debris removal
  2. Verify that your utilities and services have been properly discontinued at your last home
  3. Check with old neighbors or a friend to ensure that your mail is being properly forwarded
  4. Ask your moving consultant for any referrals you may need to third party service providers
  5. Establish yourself with the DMV and update your vehicles and insurance policies, etc.
  6. Wait at least one day to water your plants; they are in shock from the move
  7. Be careful not to let your pets wander outside until they are adjusted to their new surroundings
  8. Have your new insurance agent come out to update your policy for (Contents) changes
  9. Save your wall-hangings for last in case you should decide to change your floor-plan
  10. Acquaint yourself with your new neighbors, pharmacist and other local vendors
  11. Arrange for that debris removal and ensure that your moving boxes are re-used, not recycled
  12. Don’t have your piano tuned for six months until it has adjusted to the new climate
  13. Finally, double-check that everything is in good order within ninety days of your delivery
  14. Interstate claims must be filed within that ninety day period from date of delivery
  15. Moves within California have a more generous nine month period in which to start a claim
  16. Enjoy your new life in your new home with our blessings and gratitude for choosing Peeters!

The above move-plan is by no means fully comprehensive. It is the product of answering similar questions that have been frequently asked and is intended as a reference guide to support the conversations that take place during a typical estimate.

It has been my experience that many things are common to each move, but that each customer has unique needs. Thirty years of experience have taught me that it is never too late to learn, so if you have any suggestions regarding an update to these recommendations, feel free to bring them to my attention.