The experts at American Moving company can help you pack, store and move your belongings from your current home to your new one, but there are still quite a few things you’ll need to handle, on your own, before the big day.

Below are just a few of the items you’ll want to add to your pre-move checklist.

Decide what’s coming, what’s being donated and what’s going into the trash can

In our previous blog post, we talked about the importance of sorting your belongings into three separate categories: keep, purge and donate.  Going through each room in your home, and making these decisions, should rank high on your moving checklist.

Research moving company options

If you’ve never needed to hire a moving company before, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Number one, are they licensed. Number two, are they insured. Number three, if you’re moving into a new state, do their trucks have a USDOT (US Department of Transportation) number on them. Number for- will they provide you with a written quote?

While there are many, many reputable Denver moving companies, Boulder moving companies and Vail moving companies to choose from, there are still a few bad apples in the bunch. (We’re talking about the ones who aren’t licensed, are uninsured and only give verbal quotes, which they revise way upward once they’ve started loading your stuff.)

The best thing you can do is to do your research and take your time.  You are, after all, trusting them with all of your family’s belongings.

Don’t be afraid to ask for references and whether the company is accredited with the Better Business Bureau. Yelp and Google+ are great places to check for information about prior clients’ experiences.

Take measurements

Do you remember that episode of Friends where Ross buys a new couch, only to learn that getting it up the stairwell just isn’t going to happen?

Will your bedroom furniture fit in your new space? Will that custom, 12-person kitchen table work with the square footage in your new dining room?

If you won’t be able to fit the new furniture up the stairs or in the front door, you might want to reconsider bringing it with you.

Change your address

Be sure to contact your creditors, subscription providers and the USPS to update your address. If you do any online shopping, make sure to clear out your old address and input your new one.

You’ll want to do this sooner than later, to ensure important documents and/or packages don’t get lost in the mail.

At American Moving, we understand that moving can be stressful, but the good news is that when you hire professional, experienced experts, it doesn’t have to be.

Call us today to learn how we can help.

Our Denver moving company office can be reached at 303-469-6683. Our Boulder moving company location can be reached at 303-402-0100 and our Vail moving company office can contacted by calling 970-949-4949.