Pittsburgh Moving Checklist

If you are making a move to or from the Pittsburgh area, here is a great moving checklist to keep you on track.

Pittsburgh Moving Checklist

Making a move to a new Pittsburgh home can be very stressful. We want to help you relieve as much of that stress as possible. Check out our Pittsburgh Moving Checklist to help you stay on track with all that needs to be done.

About 1 Month before you move:

  • About a month before your move date, start cleaning out closets, basement and the garage.   
  • Donate items to charity, have a garage sale, figure out cost of shipping vs buying later
  • Get your packing supplies
  • Pack items you don’t use daily – books, pictures etc.
  • Packing for storage?  Tape an itemized list on the outside of the box.
  • Keep a file on all related moving expenses.  Some items are tax deductible.
  • Locate a reputable mover, and get at least two estimates, references and a quote.
  • Make sure your house insurance is transferred to your new home.

About two weeks before you move:

  • Arrange for disconnect and reconnect of all your utilities.
  • Get a new phone number. (if using a landline)
  • Make arrangements to get your mail forwarded
  • Close and transfer bank accounts.  Get new checks.
  • Stop newspaper or other home services (recycling etc.)
  • Tell doctors, dentists, etc of your move, your address and phone number.  
  • Ask for any files you may need at the new location.

About one week before your move:

  • Clean your house, or have a cleaning service do it.
  • Check in with the movers and confirm date, times, departure and arrival times.
  • Do the job we all love to hate, defrost the freezer and clean it out.
  • Return any items borrowed (library books, videos).  Clean out school lockers, pick up prescriptions etc.

A few days before your move:

  • Finish packing and marking boxes clearly
  • Put important files, documents, insurance, x-rays etc, in a box and put it in your vehicle.
  • Make up a box marked Open First with things you well need right away.
  • Leave your keys for the new occupants of your home – label them.
  • Try and leave them the manuals for your appliances if you are not taking them with you.

Moving Day

  • Plan to be at home when movers arrive
  • Take a final walkthrough of your home to ensure nothing is overlooked
  • Lock doors and windows and turn off all switches
  • Verify your new property info to ensure everyone is on the same page

Move-In Day

  • Try to arrive early to verify utilities are connected
  • Be ready to provide payment to moving company (if not already done)
  • Unpack and get settled in your new home

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Frequently Asked Moving Questions (FAQ)

As expert's in the Moving Industry, we often get asked some of the same questions again and again. Here are the answers to some of the Top Pittsburgh Moving Questions that we receive. 

Do we provide long-distance moving?
Yes, many of our local moving companies do offer statewide and sometimes nationwide relocations. Choose your location in the list above to verify if this service is available in your area.

What types of moves do we handle?
Our local movers will generally anything from single pieces to apartments, condos, offices, restaurants, retail stores, or single-family residences. Get in touch with one of our local network members to verify what services they offer in your area.

Are we licensed and insured?
Yes, all of the moving companies in the Empire Mover's Network are licensed and insured. You can rest assured that you are in good hands with our movers and that the job will be done quickly and efficiently.

How many movers do you provide?
It depends on the size of the job. Most moves require only two or three movers while some may require up to five movers. Rest assured, all of our movers are clean-cut, professionals and will get the job done fast and efficiently.

When is the best time to move?
The busiest times for our moving companies are during the summer months, May 15 - September 15. At the end of these months, the volume of shipments is extremely heavy. Even in the busy times we strive to offer quick service to all of our customers.

When should I start getting estimates?
Try to provide the moving companies with as much notice as possible, especially if you are moving during the busy season as noted above. 6 weeks from the actual move date is not too early for estimators to come into your home to complete an estimate.


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