Plan Your Move



    Plan Your Move

    Four Weeks Before the Move…

    • Call Mid-West Moving & Storage and schedule your move.
    • Tour your house and decide which items should be discarded or donated to charity. Consider a garage sale.
    • Call physicians and dentists. They may recommend a colleague near your new home.
    • Get copies of renewable prescriptions.
    • Arrange transfer of school records.
    • Check homeowner’s insurance policies to see if moving is covered.
    • Be sure your new home is protected by transferring fire, theft and other personal-property insurance.
    • Transfer personal insurance records.

    Three Weeks Before the Move…

    • Plan to use up most food items before the move.
    • Check and clear tax assessments.
    • Arrange to have major appliances serviced before you move them.
    • Movers can’t take aerosols, flammables, corrosives or ammunition. It’s best to use them up or give them away before you move. Propane tanks must be emptied as well as lawnmower fuel tanks.

    Two Weeks Before the Move…

    • Make your travel reservations for the trip.
    • Notify the Post Office and get change of address forms. Notify magazines to which you subscribe. Note: You must fill out a change-of-address form for each person receiving mail at your address.
    • Close or transfer all charge accounts.
    • Return library books and other things you’ve borrowed. Collect things you’ve loaned, and items in layaway, cold storage, etc.
    • Arrange to discontinue utilities and delivery services.
    • Take the time to fill out the “Welcome To Your New Home” data sheet for the new owners.
    • Protect your shipment from damage by disposing of cleaning fluids, acids, caustic drain cleaners, etc.

    One Week Before the Move…

    • Transfer bank accounts, and ask your local credit bureau to transfer your records to your new city.
    • Reconfirm travel reservations.
    • Arrange for cable TV disconnection.
    • Arrange connection of utilities in new home. Draw up a floor plan of your new home, and indicate placement of furnishings. It makes moving in twice as easy.
    • Arrange to have cash, certified check or money order ready to pay driver before goods are unloaded (unless your employer is paying the charges or you’ve arranged to pay by credit card).
    • Set aside maps, games, snacks, flashlight, and other items you’ll take in your car.
    • Gather medicines and important papers for the car trip.
    • Your local phone company business office can help you with phone service for your new home, as well as disconnecting service at your present home.
    • Drain water from all garden hoses.
    • Start packing suitcases.
    • Drain gasoline from lawn mower.
    • Anything Mid-West Moving & Storage is packing should be left in place. It’s easier and safer; for example, to pack glassware right from the cabinet it’s kept in.

    The Day Before the Move…

    • Get name, address and phone number of your destination agent.
    • Put cleaning supplies, toiletries and a coffee pot in special box to be loaded last and unloaded first.
    • Finish packing all suitcases.
    • Defrost, clean and dry refrigerator.

    The Day of the move…

    • Be on hand all day to answer questions, accompany driver during inventory, sign bill of lading, and confirm your new address and delivery date. Be sure to advise him of your route accommodations and telephone number, if known.
    • Make final check of every room and storage area. Make sure windows and doors are locked, keys are transferred and lights are out.

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      Reviews from Our Clients

      Review by Kristin Welsh
      Moving Services
      Rating 5 5 Star Moving Rating

      "I had a great experience with Midwest. The movers arrived early, set up my entire home with protective pads and flooring, effectively moved all of my home items, and cleaned up afterward. I have actually used them twice. I had different employees each time, but both crews of men were equally prompt, professional, and efficient. I would highly recommend Midwest."
      Review by Selene
      Moving Services
      Rating 5 5 Star Moving Rating

      "The movers did an incredible job! Our second experience with your company is just as wonderful as our first. Your driver is an incredible leader. The rest of the crew was impressive as well. They all worked tirelessly through out the whole time. This move was stressful with the all the school closings and work changes but they made the whole experience much better."
      1. In-home Estimate Face-to-face service may be your preference. Schedule an appointment that is convenient for you. We will come out, tour your home in person, and provide a free no-obligation move quote.

      2. Real-Time Video Survey Would you like to have a live video survey done by one of our senior relocation managers? Schedule a phone appointment that is convenient for you. We will connect via an app on your phone and virtually tour your home with you, then provide a free no-obligation move quote.

      3. DIY Video Survey Pressed for time or prefer to do it yourself? Download our virtual move survey app. Follow the process to record the items to be moved, hit send, and get a free move quote shortly after. We will handle everything via phone or email.