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Feeling Overwhelmed About Your Move? You’re Not Alone.

There are a variety of reasons why people move. Buying a home, getting married, starting a new job, retiring, and countless other occasions can warrant local and long-distance moves. But no matter how exciting the circumstances are, moving your entire life from one place to another can stir up feelings of dread and anxiety.

Here at PNW Moving and Delivery, we’ve helped enough people to know that taking action is the best antidote to the negative feelings that moving can stir up. We’ve created a helpful moving resource guide that will walk you through important things to do and consider in the months, weeks, and days before your move. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we can help you move in Tacoma or the nearby areas, just give us a call!

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Below, you’ll learn how to:

  • Budget for your move
  • Plan for sensitive items
  • Change your address
  • Simplify your packing list
  • Pack efficiently
  • Move out of your current residence
  • Have a stress-free moving day


What to Do Before Your Move (Four+ Weeks Before)

At this point, your move might feel like it’s a far-off event that you don’t need to worry about for a few more weeks. Trust us — it’s never too early to start planning, especially if you’ll be moving in the summer or during another high-demand time of year.

Start With an Estimate and Create a Budget

Many people are stressed by the cost of moving more than they are about the actual process of relating. In fact, many people put off thinking about how much their move will cost until it’s time to move, and are then even more stressed when they have to scramble to find the funds they need.

Start by getting an estimate from a local moving company such as PNW Moving and Delivery. This will give you a general idea of how much you can expect to spend given the size of your move. Then, start saving to reach that goal and, if it’s in your means, add 10–15% for unexpected expenses. The more padding you give yourself, the better off you’ll be.

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Request Time Off

Ask your employer for time off work as soon as you have finalized your moving date. At the very least, you’ll want to get the day of the move off; if possible, request a day or two before and after as well. No matter how efficiently you can pack and unpack, having time on your side can greatly reduce the stress of getting settled into your new home.

If you have children or pets, take this opportunity to think about where they’ll go on moving day. Budgeting for a day of childcare and pet boarding can make a world of difference when you’re moving from task on task and working with your movers on the big day!

Think About Sensitive Items

If you followed our advice and already talked with a moving company, you may already have a plan for some of these items. However, others may have slipped your mind or are so important that you prefer to handle them on your own. No matter which approach you take, make sure to consider these common items that require special care when moving:

  • Vehicles
  • Pianos
  • Pool tables
  • Artwork
  • Grandfather clocks
  • Large television
  • ATVs, boats, and jet skis
  • Hot tubs
  • Oversized items
  • Awkward and/or heavy items

Of course, these are just some of the most common items we deal with as professional movers. If you have questions about a particular item, you can always reach out to our team!

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Preparing for Moving Day (Two+ Weeks Before)

Change Your Address and Transfer Utilities

You’ll want to update your address with major institutions, subscription services, and your employer approximately two weeks before your move. Some of the most common, but easily forgotten, people and companies include:

  • Bank and credit card companies
  • Cable and internet provider
  • Cell phone provider
  • Insurance provider
  • Mortgage lender
  • Social Security Agency
  • Veterinarian
  • Voter registration

Providing these people and companies with at least two weeks’ notice gives them with time to process the change and reduces the risk of bills and/or important documents being sent to your old address.

And speaking of mail, you can change your address and have your mail forwarded through the United States Postal Service by visiting their website or by speaking with someone at your local office. If you’re an individual moving out of one residence (think roommate scenarios), then you’ll want to file an Individual Change of Address Form. If your entire family is moving to the same location, then you can easily forward everyone’s mail using the Family Change of Address Form.

Last, but certainly not least, remember to have your utilities transferred from your old location to your new one

Simplify Your Belongings

If you’re like most people, then simply looking around and seeing how many items you’ve accumulated — and now need to move — can be an immense source of stress and anxiety.

One great way to reduce the stress of moving and streamline the entire process is to simply move less. Whether you plan to invest in professional packing services or you plan to do everything yourself, taking a day or two to go through your belongings is almost guaranteed to reduce the number of belongings you have to move.

The process is simple and requires you to categorize your items three different ways: toss, donate, and keep. Donating gently used goods is a great way to help those less fortunate, so we recommend starting there!

If you have spare time to sell things online, you can also sell like-new goods and put the proceeds toward your move!

Packing and Items to Set Aside (Moving Week)

Supplies and Packing

Some people prefer to start packing weeks ahead of their move, but most people can get their belongings packed by doing a little bit of work each day. 

Before you get started, however, you’ll need to purchase enough packing supplies for your home. If you’re working with us, we’ll help you estimate all of the packing materials you’ll need and can even provide you with a cost-effective pack kit. If you prefer to get everything yourself, be sure to consider things such as:

  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Rope
  • Packing peanuts
  • Mattress covers
  • Bubble wrap

Once you have everything you need to pack your home, it’s time to get to work! But before you do, it’s important to know that some packing methods are much more efficient — and less stressful — than others.

Boxes that are labeled according to their contents and the room they belong in, for instance, will be much easier to unpack than boxes that have been haphazardly thrown together with anything that will fit inside. If you want to get even more detailed, you can use your phone to take pictures of the contents!

Start by packing things you know you won’t need in the days leading up to your move. Think off-season clothing, books, knick-knacks, small appliances, and other non-essentials. Then, start packing the rest of your rooms. We recommend tracking each box and its contents on an inventory checklist.

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Keep the Essentials Ready

As moving day gets closer, you’ll want to make sure that you keep the following items out of your boxes so that you aren’t scrambling to find them. You will eventually pack these items, but they’ll go into boxes that you’ll keep with you instead of in the truck. We’ve broken this list into a few categories to make it easier to manage. You’ll notice that this list looks a lot like what you might pack for a flight!


  • Water bottle
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates and utensils

Tip: Make sure that you toss or give perishable goods to a friend or family member for storage!


  • Medications
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body and hand soap
  • Lotion
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste


  • Comfortable clothes
  • Phone charger
  • Pillow and bedding

Three Tips for a Great Moving Day

You haven’t spent your whole life preparing for this moment, but you’ve certainly spent enough time to make the process much more smooth and streamlined. Now what?

We recommend getting an early start, even if you aren’t planning to move until later in the day. If you forget something, need to run to the store, or any other kind of delay, you’ll have enough time to handle the problem and stay on track. Remind yourself of how nice it will be to sleep in when you’re in your new home!

Work with your movers to make sure that everything on your inventory list is moved and accounted for before you hit the road. Help if necessary or if you plan to move some items on your own, but remember that at the end of the day, you’re paying them for their expertise and the convenience they provide!

Whether you’re moving out of a rental unit or a home, it’s always a good idea to do a final walkthrough. Make sure that everything is in good condition, that you’ve collected all of your belongings, and that you’ve cleaned your property for the occupants. (This is important if you want your security deposit back!)

Reach Out to Our Local Moving Team!

We hope that this guide will help you prepare for your move and reduce the stress associated with moving to a new location. You’re turning the page and starting a new chapter in your life, and we would love to play a supporting role in your story.

If there’s anything PNW Moving and Delivery can help you with, just give us a call or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help!

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