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Moving Tips



  • Decision Time! 8 Weeks prior to your move decide whether your going to move on your own or find a reputable mover

  • Confirm with your Landlord and place of Employment that you will be moving

  • Arrange with your new place of employment your official start day

  • Create a moving Budget to set aside for the physical move.

  • Start contacting reputable movers and doing research

  • Start Inventory on your home and create a Moving Binder where you can store all your upcoming moving paperwork!



  • Start Packing up your home starting with non-necessity items first, or un-used rooms first. 

  • Start finding places where you can pick up free boxes to save some money!

  • If you chose to move on your own, now is a good time to reserve your own rental truck.

  • Visit your doctors, veterinarians, and schools to gather all your records and transfer papers. 

  • Of course next, start researching new doctors, schools, and even ask for suggestions on town social media pages you want to start adding yourself to.

  • Change your USPS address by going to your nearest Post Office or visiting their website.



  • Your move is getting closer! Time to start contacting your friends if you plan to have some extra help and arrange schedules. 

  • Time to really start getting those moving boxes, and now think and grab extra Bubble wrap, newspapers, tape and Markers.

  • Start making a list of all your non-perishable foods and items you cannot transport with a Moving company. 

  • Consider cancelling all your subscriptions to delivery services or memberships in the area. 

  • If you have a long drive to your new home, consider taking your car in for maintenance or a checkup before you hit the road.

  • Make your travel arrangements! Book flights, reserve hotel rooms, gather important documents. Your move day is closer than you think!

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  • If you have kids, its very important to let them know what's going on so they can adapt to the changes that will be taking place shortly. 

  • Contact all your Utility companies to arrange to disconnect and/or establish services on a certain date.

  • If you live in an apartment complex, it is expected that you reserve the elevator for your prospective move day. Also, you may need to get a parking permit for the moving truck as well depending on your residential area. 

  • Start using up the rest of your food and try to refrain from visiting the grocery store again for stock shelf items. 

  • Start packing up all your storage areas and items in your house (garage, attic, etc)

  • If you plan on organizing a goodbye party for your friends, this is probably a good time in advance to do so. 



  • Look over your moving checklist thus-far, what have you not completed yet? It's time to do those now!

  • Check and pay any remaining bills before your scheduled move out day

  • If you are doing the move yourself, its a good time to start disassembling your larger furniture items. (Bed frames, etc.)

  • Your packing marathon should be drawing to its end. Finish up all the packing that you have left in your home, call those friends to help, or leave it to your movers if you hired professionals.

  • Schedule a cleaner for the end of the week.

   2   Days Before.

  • According to your packing calender you should have finished all your packing, if not. There's never a better time. 

  • All of your Pre-move preparations should be finished. 

  • Start emptying your refrigerator and defrosting it if you are moving it. 

  • If you've hired movers, double check to make sure you set aside all the money to cover for expenses. It's always nice to set aside some money to tip your movers as well. 

  • Ask a neighbor, friend, or new renter to forward your mail for your until your new address kicks in. 


  • MOVE DAY IS HERE. Get some good sleep the night before, charge your phone fully for the day ahead. 

  • Get up early and start your moving journey in the morning. This will give you some time for any last minute tasks, too. 

  • Take a tour around your house to make sure everything is boxed up, inside and outside.

  • Make sure nothing, (and NO ONE) is left behind. (We have heard stories of people packing up their cats on accident, so all those of lively decent please keep accounted for)

  • Keep kids and pets away from the moving epicenter. 

  • If you are hiring movers, you will get a list of important documents to sign. Make sure you read thoroughly, ask questions, and know what you are signing. 

  • Never place a blank signature on an incomplete document. 

  • Keep all those documents in your moving binder. 

  • Make sure your moving company has the accurate destination address and phone number you can be best reached at. 

  • Take one last look around your home!

  • Safe Trip! 

   2 Days After.

  • Little by little get to know your new city better!

  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors.

  • Make sure to deduct moving expenses from your taxes next year!

  • Leave a moving review if you hired a moving company

  • If you are facing "Relocation Depression" please click this link for some tips to help you. 


  • Enjoy this new Chapter in your Life!

Happy Moving!

Hey there! We've compiled as many tips to help you with your move!

-Weekly checklist!


-How to Save Money!


-Non-transportable Items!

     Keep in mind --When Hiring a Mover who is registered with the California Household Goods Bureau, 
SAFETY always comes first!

With Local Moving, there are TWO kinds of moves. Which one are you embarking on this year?
We will explain a few details to help cut some costs down for both types of moves, so moving doesn't have to be so stressful for you this year!

1. INTRASTATE MOVE:   Moving OVER 100 miles away?
Your moving price is flat rate only dependent upon the exact items you will be moving. Very similar to UPS or FEDEX,  licensed and insured with a delivery date always aimed at the fastest delivery option. But unlike Fedex or UPS, we are door to door full service!


-  Not to state the obvious but the first and best way to save is to take as less items as possible. Items that cost the most are bulky items, heavy items, and fragile items. 
-Another great way to save : Ask your Sannah rep if there are any available discounts if you allow them some leeway on your pickup dates, or drop-off dates. 

-Packing on Move day will cost extra, so make sure you have everything packed up and ready to go to avoid any packing charges (Unless you elect a packing service in advance).

2. LOCAL Move:  Are you moving within 100 miles? Right down the street or to another town? Your move is a local move in which the only charges for your move is a flat hourly rate --Start to end Time!


-Similar to Intrastate the best way to save is to take less stuff, but this is to save time. So here are some tricks to save time. As certified professional movers, licensed and insured, there are some things we are required to do on your move day that you may not know about! 
To cut your costs, here are some things you can do beforehand to save a lot of time!

-Disassembly and Reassembly is a great and much needed service we provide at your home! We cannot load your bedframe as is--unless disassembled. For safety of your Frame, and other furniture that is not meant to be transported unless disassembled first. So, the more disassembly you do before the movers show up, the quicker your move will be!

-Wrapping all your furniture with moving blankets and pads! Again, we are always more than happy to provide for free and wrap all your furniture before it is loaded, as it is something we HAVE to do. But, if you want to punch the time clock as much as possible, you can rent some U-haul blankets for very cheap and wrap your furniture before we get there, then the movers can do a simple pick-up and drop-off to make your move very fast. Time is money!

-Packing: That's right, the worst part of moving for many. The easiest and fastest way for movers to carry your items is in Boxes or Totes. Our great rule of thumb is, "If it fits in a box, it goes in a box". 

We give you the option to stop the clock whenever you need to, to fit your budget! We will be there as long as you need us, but you are always in charge and your satisfaction if our number one priority! You can stop the clock after your items are unloaded off our truck, and our moving blankets are unwrapped from your furniture. If you want to save time and are okay with reassembling and staging your own home, that option is completely up to you! We are yours for however long you need us!


list of items movers can't transport

Handgun and  Ammunition
Guns and/or Ammunition
Artificial Plant
  • The backs of moving trucks can become extremely hot for your leafy friends and chance of survival is low
  • It is Illegal for moving companies unless a certain license is obtained
  • Pests and parasites could be spread to the contents of the other items in the truck
Fireworks Shows
Flammable Items
  • Fireworks,  black Powder, smokeless powder, igniters or primers, signal flares, propane, motor oil, anti-freeze, Lighter fluid, matches, acids, ammonia, gasolines, kerosene, yard equipment containing fuel, fire extinguishers, car batteries, un-identified liquids
Diet Apples
Foods we don't take
  • Frozen foods
  • Fresh Food
  • Refrigerated Food
  • Open Containers of Non-perishable Foods
Paint Buckets
Common House Items
  • Hairspray, pesticides, Nail Polish, nail polish remover, 
  • Paint, paint thinner, Dyes, disinfectants, pool cleaners
  • Candles
  • Liquor, or any Liquids

Our Moving Checklist Below

It is very helpful to write yourself a to do list to refer back to. With moving, it is very important that nothing gets left behind. 

Here is safe and organized weekly timeline of a weekly checklist/MOVELIST to help you stay organized and timely this year!

Check it out below a recommended 8 week plan, some points may not apply.

How Can I Save Money with Sannah?

Sannah Van Lines tries it's best to fit everyone's moving budget so you can have a safe, smooth, happy move this year! Not a lot of Carriers let you know these secrets, so it's great you found this page!  Below we are going to let you in on some secrets in the moving industry that can help save you a lot of money on your move day! 

Moving is expensive, but it doesn't have to be!

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