Moving Checklists

I’ve been out of college for twenty years, and probably moved 10 times. I never before remembered a mover’s name or the experience (unless it was bad,which it was frequently).

Mike is the first person in my life to giving moving a “Brand Name.”

I want to say that within six months, I had to arrange two moves; one for my office (from Brighton to Watertown) and one for my home (from Newton to Needham). I used Mike Bavuso for both, and I COULD NOT HAVE CHOSEN WISER. He is organized, friendly and efficient. He came in on time and under budget in both cases.

I could go on about how previous movers have left me in the lurch; taken long, unexplained breaks; given me estimates that don’t reflect the real staff and move-time expectations; had bad attitudes; broken things or otherwise acted with neglect; but why should I?

I will only have one mover from now on—Big Foot Moving & Storage. I will recommend Big Foot to anyone who asks and even those who don’t ask. I have already recommended him to two of my office mates (one was my boss) and they were full of the same respect and admiration I had. We all asked ourselves, how is it we got to be adults throughout hundreds of collective moves and have never had such an excellent experience? The answer is probably—no one has ever done it as well as Mike and Big Foot Moving & Storage, Inc. Staggering, but true.



Moving Day Countdown


  • Obtain a floor plan of your new residence and decide what household items you want to keep.
  • Solicit estimates from several moving companies. Focus your search NOT off the cheapest hourly labor rate, but rather on personal references, the Massachusetts DTE (licensing board for MA moving companies), the Better Business Bureau, company references, and your intuition.
  • Contact your insurance agent, and ask them about your homeowner’s policy to determine whether your possessions are covered when moving.
  • Establish a file for all moving papers and receipts.
  • Arrange to transfer child(ren)’s school records.
  • Select a moving company and confirm your moving date.
  • Begin cleaning out your basement, attic, garage, and closets.


  • Begin search for health-care professionals in your new location.
  • Fill out post-office change of address cards.
  • Send your new address to anyone that might need it — insurance agents, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives, etc.
  • Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities.
  • Obtain necessary moving supplies from Big Foot Moving & Storage: boxes, packing paper, moving tape, etc.
  • Begin packing seldom used items such as china, holiday decorations, and storage areas.


  • Start packing!!  Begin packing all but essential items.
  • If your mover is doing the packing, arrange for it to be done one or two days before loading begins.
  • Request proofs of insurance from companies you are considering. Doing business with an uninsured mover can leave you with unpaid damage claims, or the liability for property damage and or personal injury claims.
  • Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair or cleaning, as needed.
  • Coordinate the disassembly of difficult items (assembled in the house furniture, jungle gyms, pool tables, and swing sets).
  • Begin to use up overstocks of staple foods.
  • Gather valuable personal papers that you may need at your destination location, including medical and dental records, school records, birth certificates, etc.


  • Make arrangements for parking permits where applicable.
  • Finalize closing times with real estate attorney or mortgage company
  • Arrange to have utilities (gas, electric, phone, cable, water, etc.) disconnected in your present home, and connected at your new home.
  • Prepare car registration and insurance records for transfer.
  • Notify State Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address.
  • Arrange for child care on moving day.
  • If necessary, reserve apartment elevator for pickup and/or delivery dates.


  • Arrange to move pets.
  • Check with mover about moving house plants.
  • Dispose of all items too dangerous to move, including flammable liquids.
  • If necessary, have your automobile serviced and ready for the relocation.


  • Confirm moving date and time with moving company.
  • Provide moving company with new telephone number, cell number, and e-mail address.
  • Change addresses for all bank accounts.
  • Cancel newspaper delivery.
  • Have enough medication to last at least two weeks. Have prescriptions forwarded to a pharmacy at your new destination.
  • Make arrangements to pay for your move.
  • Complete packing of all non essential items.
  • Remove fragile and loose items from drawers.


  • Have mover pack your goods (unless doing it yourself).
  • Consolidate clearly-labeled, fragile boxes in one area.
  • Separate and label items not intended for transport by movers.
  • Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers to be moved.
  • Set aside a box or suitcase of essential items (soap, towels, bowls, spoons, clothes, etc.)
  • Set aside valuable items to carry with you including jewelry, vital documents, money and valuable small items.
  • Clearly label all items NOT to be moved.


  • Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to movers and stay until they are finished.
  • Complete information on bill of lading and carefully read the document before you sign it.
  • Supervise unloading and unpacking.
  • Familiarize and discuss (with the driver) directions to your new residence.
  • Notify the driver and the moving company where you can be reached during the move.
  • Make sure you have your copies of the bill of lading and inventory.
  • Before the movers leave, take one final look through the house to make certain that nothing has been left behind or needs to be rearranged.