Moving Tips

 Use this checklist to make your move as smooth as possible.

Two Months Out

  • Call TROSA Moving for an estimate and to schedule your move. (Summer weekends often book months in advance. Book early so you won't be disappointed!)
  • Start to inventory and evaluate your belongings, including items in your attic, basement, storage shed, etc. Is there anything you can donate or sell?
  • Make arrangements for storage services.
  • Begin using items that you won't be able to move such as cleaning products and frozen food.
  • Make a list of people to notify of your new address including friends, family, subscriptions, creditors, etc.


One Month Out

  • Notify utilities (cable, phone, electricity, etc.) of your service shutoff date.
  • Arrange for insurance in your new location.
  • Make travel arrangements for the day of your move. (Don't make plane reservations for the actual day of your move. Give yourself 1-2 days cushion to handle any unexpected events.)
  • Purchase moving supplies including boxes available from TROSA Moving.
  • Begin packing any items that you will not need immediately.
  • Have a garage sale for your inessential items - or donate items to charity. TROSA will pick up any furniture or large items you would like to donate, along with clothing and other household goods. Call (919) 419-1059 to schedule a donation pickup.


Two Weeks Out

  • Make sure your car is in good working order if you plan to drive to your new location.
  • Settle any outstanding bills with local merchants.
  • Empty safety deposit boxes, pick up dry cleaning, return library books and DVD rentals.
  • Take pets to the vet for immunization and to retrieve pets' health records.


A Few Days Out

  • Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.
  • Pack a box of personal items that you will need immediately upon arrival at your new home. Make sure to set this box aside!
  • Contact TROSA Moving to confirm arrival time of the moving professionals. Notify us of any last-minute details.


The Big Day!

  • Make sure that someone is at home to answer the moving professionals' questions.
  • Pack special items for your children including snacks, toys and any favorite items. This can be a long and disorienting day for them.
  • Clear walkways and driveways.
  • Remove floor mats and door mats.
  • Remove low-hanging items such as plants or wind chimes.
  • Point out special items to your moving professionals immediately.
  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before you sign them. Make sure you understand all the paperwork and keep it safe until the moving process is complete.
  • Make sure the driver has clear directions to your new residence.
  • Your driver or someone from our office may give you a delivery estimate. Understand that certain conditions (traffic, weather) can affect delivery times. Try to be flexible.
  • Take one last sweep of your house, checking all closets, the garage, attic, and basement.


General Packing Tips

  • Limit your boxes and cartons to a maximum of 50 pounds.
  • Wrap items carefully.
  • Use crushed newsprint or bubble wrap for cushioning.
  • Use quality boxes that can be securely taped shut.
  • Pack similar weight items together.
  • Label all boxes with your description of contents.


Packing Tips For Each Area of the Home

Garage or Storage Shed

  • Drain power tools of oil and gas.
  • Use old towels to wrap sharp-edged tools.
  • For grills, dispose of charcoal and, if applicable, disconnect propane tank. Propane tanks cannot be transported in the moving truck.



  • Keep hardware for disassembled items in small, plastic bags.
  • Dispose of all perishables.
  • Wrap china and glasses separately in clean paper. Use a large amount of paper padding between items in boxes.
  • Pack heavier items such as pots and pans in the bottom of boxes.
  • For large appliances such as refrigerators: clean thoroughly and disconnect all hoses. If necessary, have a licensed technicians disconnect the appliance (in the case of gas ranges). Follow the same procedure if you have a washer or dryer that will be moving with you.



  • We can provide wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. If wardrobe boxes are not used, fold and pack clothing in suitcases or boxes lined with clean paper.
  • Use a large, clean plastic bag for packing linens in boxes. Linens and bedding can be used as cushioning for boxes.
  • Mattresses should be packed in mattress cartons. Pillows make good padding for other items.
  • Mirrors should be packed in special cartons.
  • Consider having your area rugs cleaned before moving. You'll receive them rolled in a form easy for transport.


Living Room

  • Pack books of the same size together in a box. Do not overload boxes.
  • Lamp shades are particularly fragile. Pack with clean paper and place in a box at least two inches large than shade diameter. Label the box "Lamp Shades - Fragile - Top Load Only."
  • We will shrink wrap large items such as sofas. Talk to us beforehand about leather items. Couch pillows can be packed in large boxes.
  • For large items such as pianos or pool tables, a qualified professional should assist you with moving preparations.