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If possible, arrange for childcare on move day. Unfortunately, moving can pose a number of dangers to children, including:

  • When large items are wrapped up in soft moving pads, children can get a false sense of safety and tend to pull on them or climb on them, not realizing what’s inside.
  • Small children can pick up pieces of tape and try to put them in their mouth and could choke.
  • Movers walking backwards with large pieces can trip over a child, causing serious injury.
  • Parents can be distracted by what’s going on with the move and are not able to keep as close an eye on their children.

Tips for Moving with Kids:

  • Help prepare kids for the move.
  • Show them the new house before the move.
  • Show them their new room(s) and discuss how to make it special for them.
  • Get their new room(s) set up immediately.
  • Explain what will happen on move day, so they will not think they will never see their things again, and that you will be at the new house waiting for them.
  • Allow children to pack a few of their own items to get them comfortable with the process.
  • Have kids decorate the boxes that will go to their room(s).
  • Keep select toys out and unpacked for them for the duration of the move.
  • Take a photo with them of their old room so they can remember it before it gets packed.
  • Suggest they draw (or better, draw with them) how they want their new room arranged and decorated.
  • Have your children write a note to the new occupants and leave it somewhere they will find it.
  • Ask the kids to think of old toys and/or clothes they can donate to charity before the move.
  • Before the move, ask your children to explain in their own words what is going to happen when you move. You will learn how they feel and if anything needs to be explained. This gets their fears out in the open, and you can address them before anxiety levels increase.


While preparing for your move, you will probably find you have many items you do not want to bring to your new home. Reducing the volume of belongings your moving company needs to load and deliver will result in a move that takes less time and less money to complete. Many customers ask where and how they can donate unwanted items during a move.

Consider donating your belongings to any of these worthy organizations. These organizations will be thrilled to have your household and furniture donations. When arrangements are made in advance, many will even pick up the items at your home, saving you a trip to their drop-off location(s).

Organizations Accepting Donations of Furniture and Household Items:

How to Prepare for a Move

At Amigostruck, we know whether you’re moving across town or moving long distance, planning a move can be a daunting task. To help you tackle the process with ease, we have prepared the following moving checklist.

How to Prepare One Month Before Moving Day

  • Contact Amigos Truck Moving Company for a free moving estimate and to book your move day. If you are planning a move in the summer, you may wish to call movers two months in advance to ensure availability on your desired moving day.
  • Order moving boxes and packing supplies.
  • Begin packing. Clearly label boxes with name, contents, and destination for the box (i.e. “DR” for Dining Room, “MBR” for Master Bedroom).
  • Sort, discard, and donate unwanted items.
  • Notify the post office.
  • Notify your doctors, dentists, and other health service providers.
  • Notify the human resources and/or payroll department at your workplace.
  • Confirm elevator, loading dock, and parking reservations/parking permits for moving day at both current and destination addresses.

    How to Prepare Two Weeks Before Moving Day

    • Make arrangements for disassembly of specialty items (pianos, swing sets, etc.).
    • Make arrangements for child care and/or a pet sitter for moving day.
    • Arrange for time off from work to prepare for the move and to be present on moving day.
    • Notify your local department of motor vehicles for change of address on your driver’s license.
    • Notify the necessary utility companies: Telephone, Cell Phone, Electric, Gas/Oil (also, schedule gas appliances to be disconnected), Cable, Internet Service Provider, Water, Home security/alarm.
    • How to Prepare One Week Before Moving Day

      • Pack fragile and loose items from drawers into moving boxes.
      • Confirm your moving day and time with your moving company. Amigos Truck move coordinators will contact you one to three days prior to your move to ensure all details are accurate for moving day.
      • Remove all permanently affixed items you wish to take from walls and ceilings, such as drapes, lighting fixtures and ceiling fans.
      • Change your address with all newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals to which you subscribe.
      • Alert friends and family to new address.
      • How to Prepare One Day Before Moving Day

        • Consolidate clearly marked moving boxes of fragile items in one area of your home. Alert the movers about these moving boxes on moving day.
        • Identify furniture that is fragile or has been weakened by previous damage and bring it to your movers’ attention on moving day.
        • Separate and mark items not intended to be moved by your movers.
        • Isolate checkbook, keys, passports, plane tickets, cash, credit cards, and prescription medications. These should travel with you in your personal vehicle on moving day.
        • Defrost, drain, wash, and dry refrigerators and freezers.
        • Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, generators, snow blowers, etc.
        • Disconnect propane tank from gas grill. Your movers will not be able to transport the tank on moving day.
        • Clear walkways and driveway during inclement weather.

        Moving with Amigos truck makes the moving process much easier for our customers. Get a quote today for your upcoming move.

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