3 Days Before Moving

Working With The Mover

Although your agent can move valuables such as money, credit cards, stamp collections or other items of extraordinary value if specifically notified prior to the move, we strongly recommend that you take such items with you in your “Take With Me Inventory”.  You may also check with your local bank or office for alternate methods of transporting your valuables. In addition, check to see if your homeowner’s insurance will cover these items after you leave your current address.

You might need special insurance coverage. Remember that any items of extraordinary value must be noted on the High-Value Inventory form so they are not limited to minimal liability. See Protection for Damages/Filing a Claim Be sure the form is ready for the packers on packing day.

Preparing The Family

Pack suitcases for the trip to the new home. Include extra clothing for emergencies. As far as food goes, consider packing a picnic lunch to eat while traveling. Take along some snacks, such as fruit and cookies for the children. Include towelettes for a quick cleanup.

Arrange for a babysitter for moving day, or have older children look after the younger ones.

Last-Minute Packing

  • Check contents of drawers. Remove all spillables or breakables. Soft goods such as blankets, pillows, blouses, shirts and lingerie may be left in drawers. Do not overload drawers by adding sheets and tablecloths because this can damage the furniture during transit.
  • Pin clothing to hangers if it will be moved in wardrobe cartons so vibrations or bumps will not cause items to slip off. If your shipment is going into storage for an extended period of time, consider replacing metal hangers with paper-covered or plastic hangers to avoid possible rust damage to your clothing. Please note that the carrier is not responsible for pressing your clothes after delivery.
  • Remove any items left in the attic or other storage areas.
  • Empty the refrigerator and freezer so they can dry at least 24 hours before the movers arrive. Be careful not to overlook the defrost water pan. Failure to have the appliances completely dry can lead to mildew, mold and unpleasant odors. A more detailed explanation can be found in United’s “Moving Appliances & Other Home Furnishings” booklet. See Request a Move Guide or Destination Information
  • Be sure the water is emptied from your steam iron.
  • Complete the “Take-With-Me” inventory. See Take With Me Inventory
  • Launder all soiled clothing prior to the day the appliance service technician is expected.
  • Take the telephone directory with you. It can be useful in contacting former doctors, dentists, etc. It also will be a great help when you make out your holiday card list.

“Instant Aid” Box

Pack an “Instant Aid” box containing things that might be needed immediately upon arrival at your new home.  Ask to have the “Instant Aid” box loaded last on the moving van and unloaded first.  Or take it in the car if there is room – you might be able to use the contents before the van arrives at your new home.  When the box is opened, save any paper bags for holding refuse. Package each group of items in a large paper bag and clearly label.  Here are some suggestions:


  • Sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Dishtowels
  • Dishcloth
  • Scouring pads
  • Detergent


  • Paper plates, cups, and napkins
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic pitcher
  • Small saucepan
  • Serving spoons
  • Aluminum foil


  • Easy-open cans of pudding
  • Dry soup mix
  • Sandwich spreads
  • Instant drinks


  • Towels and face cloths
  • Toilet tissue
  • Facial tissue
  • Soap
  • Hand Lotion
  • Non-aerosol deodorant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste


  • Light bulbs
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Assorted nails and screws
  • Shelf paper
  • Trash bags and ties
  • Telephone


  • Coloring books and crayons
  • A favorite toy
  • Reading materials
  • Puzzles