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Moving Tips

There are so many things to think about when moving. Here's a checklist to help you remember all the details so you can stay on track. Organization is the key to a successful move.


  1. Organize your belongings. Get rid of things you don’t want to move. Consider having a garage sale or donate to your local charity or donation center.
  2. Collect moving supplies. If you plan to do your own packing or partial packing, you can purchase moving materials from AZ Discount Movers. Materials purchased through a moving company are specially designed for moving to prevent damage to your belongings. Some moving companies have kits that help you estimate how much packing material you’ll need to move your size home, and may also provide free delivery of packing materials. Ask you local moving agent.
  3. Decide where your furniture will fit best in your new home. If you’re replacing large pieces of furniture or major appliances, shopping now will give you time to find the best deals.
  4. Make a schedule for packing rooms and start packing. Schedule 2-4 days per room and start early to be sure you have enough time.
  5. Become familiar with your new community. Locate schools, churches, shopping areas, community programs, and parks. Contact the local Chamber of Commerce to request information on the community.
  6. Gather important documents. Contact schools, doctors, and auto and homeowner’s insurance agents. Get copies of your records and policies, and have insurance policies transferred to your new address.
  7. Make a moving folder. Keep and file all moving related moving receipts; many of your moving expenses are tax deductible. Get more information by contacting the IRS at 1-800-829-1040, or search online for “moving deductions” at


  1. Contact utility companies. Call the phone, water, cable, Internet, trash and electric companies at the old and new locations so you can make arrangements for disconnection and reconnection of all utilities.
  2. Submit your change of address to the post office. Obtain a change of address form at your local Post Office, or go online at to submit a change of address and the effective date of the change.
  3. Notify businesses and friends of your new address. Make a list of people you need to contact with your new address: family and friends, banks and investment companies, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, insurance companies, credit card companies, and other service providers.
  4. Notify the moving company if you want them to pack you. Now is the time to make the final decision whether you are going to pack yourself or have a moving company pack you.
  5. Organize again: Do a final walk-through. If you aren’t going to move it with you, donate or dispose of it now. And start making a list of all the furniture you are taking with you.


  1. Call your movers to finalize all information. Confirm the date and start time of the move, the addresses of your origin and destination locations, and the estimate for all move services. Be sure to add any packing materials needed.
  2. Determine if storage arrangements are needed. Confirm that the moving company provides storage; if not, call several local storage facilities to get the best rate.
  3. Back up your computer files on discs. In case of data loss, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep discs with other personal valuables you are moving yourself.
  4. Contact the motor vehicle department. Ask when you should submit your automobile registration and driver’s license address change. Calendar this so you’ll be reminded when it’s time.
  5. Return rented and borrowed items. Return movie and game rentals, cable and satellite receiver boxes, library books, school equipment, and things friends have loaned to be sure they don’t get packed.
  6. Pick up dry cleaning. Don’t forget to retrieve any items being serviced or repaired, and items loaned to neighbors or friends.
  7. Clean out safety deposit boxes. If you’re moving out of the area, you’ll want to put the items in a box near your new home.
  8. Plan meals for your family for the next two weeks. Between packing, moving arrangements, and everyday family duties, meal planning can help ease the transition.
  9. Confirm travel arrangements for your pets. Decide if it would be easier to board pets to minimize the stress on them and you.
  10. Decide what to do with your outdoor plants. Moving causes stress on plants and some will not survive the move. It might be more convenient to give them away and buy new plants after you’re moved in.


  1. Dispose of any poisonous or flammable products. Paint thinner, gasoline, and other household items must be disposed of properly before you move. By law, moving companies cannot transfer these items for insurance and hazardous safety reasons.
  2. Empty, defrost, and clean your refrigerator. At least within 24 hours of your move date, disconnect and prepare all appliances for transporting.
  3. Finish packing and prepare an essentials box. Be sure you have boxes with things you’ll need immediately in the new home. Label these boxes “load last” so they will be unloaded first at your new location.
  4. Make sure boxes are marked for each room. The movers can work more efficiently if they can easily identify which boxes go to which room. Boxes that are fragile or to be loaded last should be clearly marked. This will ensure a smoother moving process, saving you time and money.
  5. Make child care arrangements for your little ones and pets for move day. You need to focus on supervising your move, not worrying about the welfare of your precious ones.
  6. Fill any prescriptions that are due to be filled. You won’t have to worry about it for the first couple of weeks while you’re getting settled in your new home.
  7. Confirm moving information with the moving company. This last check will ensure everything is understood and correct.
  8. Collect all keys, garage openers, appliance manuals, and security codes. Put them together to give to the new homeowners or your real estate agent.
  9. Check your mailbox and PO box the day before you move. And be sure to check your new mailbox the day after you move in.

We wish you and your family happiness and success in your new home!

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Best Move Ever! Scott Stevens

I wanted to let you know that my family has moved about 8 times. We've never had a better moving experience than with Arizona Discount Movers. Ron, Time, and Ricky were simply excellent. They were on time, worked very hard and nothing was broken or damaged.

Very Satisfied! Marcela Santoyo

I'd like to express my satisfaction with the service I experienced with your company. first, I was surprised that you could schedule a move with one week's notice. I expected all the company's I contacted to tell me that since it was too close to the end of the month that their schedules were full. In fact, that was the response I received from three companies I contacted before calling yours.

I was also very impressed with the information I received during that first contact. The gentleman who took my call was very polite and informative and conveyed a sense of confidence by letting me know that the company does not hire day laborers and that it is fully bonded, licenses and insured. He filled me in on the rates and was ready to set an appointment with me right away.

This morning I was a little taken back by the calls requesting to reschedule the move earlier in the day. I would gladly have done that but I couldn't get confirmation from my new landlord that someone would be on the property that early. I completely understand how schedules can get pushed so I continued packing and cleaning while receiving regular updates either from the home office or from the crew on the road.

Mark and Ed arrived around 4pm and didn't waste any time getting to work. They organized all the boxes I had packed and they began the tedious task of hauling all my junk down from the 4th floor. They were very careful in wrapping large fragile items in padding, which ensured that everything was delivered in excellent condition. They worked at a very quick speed, probably trying to compress as much time as possible since they still had one more job to do once they unloaded my furnishings. On top of everything, Mark and Ed were kind enough to move a refrigerator that WAS NOT on the original list of items to move. My landlord delivered the refrigerator as Mark and Ed were cleaning and locking their truck and they very gladly moved it in.

Thanks very much for sending Mark and Ed. They were very pleasant, polite, funny and professional. I will definitely keep your company in mind for my next move and I will also recommend you to my employer as we are planning to move into a new building in mid-August. I don't know if the project manager has contracted a moving company yet but I will inquire tomorrow and recommend she call you if she hasn't already made other arrangements.

Praise! Lynda Myers

I just wanted to compliment your company on the wonderful, courteous service. I used your company for a short move (from one apt. to another in the same complex) last month. The two men, Gary and Bubba, who helped me were great. They were on time, helpful and polite. I have some very heavy stuff that they had to bring down two flights and up three flights of stairs. They did this without complaint or excuse about the size or weight. I will definitely use your company again in the future if the need arises. Please let Gary and Bubba know that I appreciate all their help!

Appreciate It! Ed & Marlene Wallace

Just a note to let you know how much we appreciated James & Jonas professionalism and efficiency during our move on December 15th. We will definitely recommend your company to others!

Best Decision of the Day! Karie Koning

This letter is regarding service I received from Arizona Discount Movers this past weekend.

I do not need to explain, however, I had hired one of your competitors to move me on February 8, 2010 at 8 AM. Upon arrival, the quote (with a 3 man, apparently "manual labor" team) changed to 8 hours - and cash only. The situation was so far from the original quote (leaving both my roommate, Cathleen, and I with a sense of unease) that we quickly dismissed them from the job. It was then that we turned to the yellow pages to find someone with availability that day.

I blindly, fingers-crossed, got a quote from you for the job, and awaited your team's arrival. In hindsight, it was the best decision of the day.

Darrin Martinez and Jason Woods were the movers you sent.

These two employees are professional, easy to talk to, and just what we were looking for, especially after the original fiasco. I trusted them with my personal belongings, and they went above and beyond to make sure our items and apartment home were treated with care. In fact, they were better than any other movers either of us have ever used.

We are truly grateful.

They say in business that word of mouth is the best advertising. Neither of us will hesitate to recommend Arizona Discount Movers to friends, colleagues or anyone else who we overhear is looking for movers.

Please share this information with Darrin and Jason. They are invaluable to your business and deserve a pat on the back for excellent service! Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at the number above.


From my first phone call to ask for a price quote, to the great conversation to schedule my move, to the confirmation call ahead of time made by your office - and especially - my moving day November 20, 2010 - you were all W O N D E R F U L.

I wanted to say that the four men were sent - James, Chris, Irvin and Carl (hope I have the names right) - were EXCELLENT! They were careful, strong, neat, fast, kind, humorous, too.

You made a very stressful experience, amazingly, surprisingly, delightfully better. All of my stuff (and I have a lot) made it to my new address in great shape, and even the boxes were put in the right rooms! WOW!

I cannot thank you enough. I will definately refer your company and hire you again should I ever have to move again.

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