Moving Checklist & Moving Companies
Houston, Texas


Two months prior to Moving Day

1. If you will use a mover, get a few estimates from moving companies.

2. If you will move yourself, get costs from at least two truck rental companies.

3. Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.

4. Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter (start with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas).

5. Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc...)

6. Arrange to transfer school records.

7. Choose a mover (or truck rental company).

8. Get your new home ready - Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc., so your home is ready when you arrive. Remember to change the locks on all the doors in your new home.

9. Visit  for tips on moving with children.

Six weeks prior to Moving Day

1. Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.

2. Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your new community Make arrangements for storage if necessary.

3. Make arrangements for storage if necessary.

4. Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records.

5. Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised.

6. Clean all closets and drawers.

7. Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.


Four weeks prior to Moving Day

1. Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the telephone company, request your refund. 6.  Collect your important records -- Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.
2. If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck. 7. Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.
3. Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting. 8. Make any travel plans necessary for your move.
4. Plan your moving sale. Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions. 9. If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials and start packing items you won't need until after you arrive at your new house. See our Packing Tips.
5. Check to see if you need any moving permits. 10.Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.

Three weeks prior to Moving Day

1. Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids. 4. Make child-care arrangements for moving day.
2. Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another state). 5. Hold your moving sale.
3. If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use of the elevator.  

Two weeks prior to Moving Day

1. Arrange for disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale. 6. Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.
2. Service your car in preparation for the move. If you're moving from a warm climate to a cold one, check your antifreeze. 7. Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
3. Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items. 8. Change your address - One week before your move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.
4. Cancel newspaper delivery. 9. Notify any creditors of your move.
5. Pick up laundry -- Laundry tickets are easy to misplace, so ask for your things by name and not just by the receipts you have. 10. Pack a travel kit:
Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids. Also, pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.

One day prior to Moving Day

1. Transfer your bank accounts. 9. Defrost refrigerator and freezer, propping doors open
2. Take animals to vet for immunization, if necessary. 10. Let movers pack your belongings (unless it's a do-it-yourself move).
3. Close and empty your safe-deposit box. 11. Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move.
4. Settle any bills with local businesses. 12. Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.
5. Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses. 13. Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box "Load Last."
6. Find new homes for plants that will not be moved. 14. Obtain cash or traveler's checks for the trip and to pay the movers.
7. Confirm any travel reservations. 15. Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.
8. Drain your waterbed. 16. If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.

Moving Day

1. If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions. 3. Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place.
2. Note all utility meter readings.  

Delivery Day - Again, be on hand to answer any questions.

1. Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items. 3. Supervise unloading and unpacking.
2. On an interstate move, be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are unloaded. 4. Be prepared to pay your mover with cash, certified check, or traveler's checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

Moving Medical Tips

1. Call the offices of all your current physicians/dentists and tell them that you are moving to whatever area you decide to move to. Ask for any referrals they might be willing to make. 4. It is extremely important that you get the immunization records of all your children before you move. You can not enroll your children in local schools without these records. You will also need certified copies of your children's birth certificates as well as the address of your children's former schools.
2. If you already selected physicians/dentists in your new area, ask your physician to forward copies of the records of each of your family members to your new doctor. 5. If you are a member of a healthcare  HMP/PPO plan, or have a prescription drug card, be sure to notify the company of your moving plans. The healthcare provider company should be able to provide you with a list of physicians/healthcare facilities in the area to which you can transfer your records and access healthcare.
3. If you have not selected physicians/dentist in your new area, ask your current physicians/dentist to make copies of pertinent records of all your family members for you to take with you. Pack these in your suitcase, not your moving van, so they will be readily available in case of emergency. 6. Pack an emergency traveling first aid kit to take en route to your new home. Items such as bandages, thermometer, pain killer, or aspirin, antihistamine, first-aid ointment, and decongestant can come in handy.
7. Don't forget your pets. Contact your veterinarian for copies of all records.

Clear Lake, Alvin, Friendwood, Pearland Area, Manvel, Silverlake

A-1 Accessible Moving Company, 1509 Prinecrest Dr, Dickenson, TX 281-337-2551 A-1 Bargin Movers, 281-998-7283 A-1 Absolute Movers, 2119 Redmond, 281-528-8068
A-1 Freeman Relocation, 9619 Kirkton, 281-550-1110 All Point Moving and Storage, 7225 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., Houston, TX 713-690-7000 Allied Van Lines, 2601 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX, 713-526-2341
Angel Moving, 623 El Dorado Blvd., 281-218-6683 Angel Relocation, 281-338-6683 A-1 Action Movers LLC, 281-648-7500
A-1 Best Movers, 2641 Roy Rd, Houston, TX, 281-412-5533 Bay Area Movers, 1921 Cr. 129, Houston, TX, 281-992-2700 Central Transportation Systems, 6000 South Loop East, Houston, TX, 713-731-6200
Clear Lake Movers, 18617 Egret Bay Blvd., #703, 281-532-4889 DI-CO Moving, 281-488-5814 Famco Movers, 19177 Cr 669e, 281-489-9499
Lewis and Sons Moving, 281-756-8724 Lone Star Moving Company, 281-229-2660 Mayflower Transit Agent-Wald Relocation, 8708 W. Little York Rd, Houston, TX, 713-512-4800
Moore & Son Moving Company, 18403 Pearland Sites Rd, 281-489-4448 Nationwide Movers, 5305 Brookston, Houston TX 77045, 713-777-6683 Shoreline Moving Service, 281-993-0090
3-Men Movers, 3411 Houston Avenue, Houston, TX., 713-225-6683    
U-Haul Company
375 E. Hwy 6 Alvin,
4159 FM 521 Fresno,
1508 Winding Way Friendswood,
8550 Gulf Freeway Houston,
351 Gulf Freeway S. League City,
1914 Hwy 3 S League City,
2500 W. Main Street League City,
238 South FM 270 League City,
3536 Red Bluff Pasadena, 713-475-9291
6743 West Broadway Pearland, 281-485-0487
8206 Broadway Pearland, 281-412-0039
2401 S. Main Street Pearland, 281-412-5740
2401 Old Alvin Rd Pearland, 281-485-5030
500 W NASA Rd 1 #E Webster, 281-557-4602
525 E NASA Rd 1 Webster.
16250 Old Galveston Rd Webster,

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