Moving Checklist for Your Big Move

photoWhile Beltmann Relocation Group can coordinate your move from beginning to end, there are many things you can do to ensure your transition goes smoothly. Our Customer Care Representatives (CCR) are here to offer a moving checklist and some tips to assist you throughout the process. We know moving can be stressful, so we cater to the needs and requests of our customers and establish helpful guidelines to ensure a great experience. The fact is, a great move happens through cooperation and communication between the mover and you. For easy reference, we've listed some customer responsibilities, as well as the key do's and don'ts.


  • Discard unwanted items prior to your packing date. If the amount is substantial, please advise your CCR.
  • Be sure all clothing items are placed on hangers or folded neatly on the shelves of your closet. The packing crews will not fold or hang your clothing.
  • All electronics should be unplugged and unhooked to prepare them for packing. All ink cartridges must be removed from your printer to not cause damage. ***Printer damage caused by failure to remove the ink cartridge may not be claimed.
  • All dishes must be clean and removed from the dishwasher or sink and placed in cupboards for packing.
  • Your washer and dryer will be disconnected during the packing process. Be certain to have last minute laundry complete and removed from the appliances.
  • Review the items that the movers cannot move in your Move Guide. For legal and safety reasons, movers are prohibited from moving specific items that can be harmful. See list below.

It is illegal and unsafe for our trucks to transport items that are flammable, explosive, or corrosive. You must either carry these items yourself or dispose of them prior to the moving day. Items considered "illegal" by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acids of any kind
  • Cleaners
  • Matches
  • Adhesives of any kind Disinfectants
  • Paints
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Polishes
  • Alcohol
  • Opened Fireworks
  • Propane Tanks
  • Ammonia
  • Gasoline
  • Petroleum Products
  • Ammunition
  • Kerosene
  • Shellac & Varnishes
  • Anti-freeze
  • Lawn Chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Batteries
  • Lighters
  • Scuba Tanks
  • Bleach
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Wood Stains
  • Charcoal Briquettes
  • Liquid Cleaners
  • Welding Gases

If you are approved for temporary housing and plan to move substantial amounts of property into storage, communicate this to your packing crew and driver and be certain the items you plan to keep are in a clearly designated area. ****Once items are placed into storage, additional charges, which may or may not be covered by your company, will apply for their removal.

Plants cannot be placed into storage. If you have large ceramic pots going to storage, they must be emptied of all plant matter and dirt. The driver moves plants on a discretionary basis.

If you are moving any tapestries, curtains, or blinds, you must detach them prior to packing, unless your company has approved removal charges. This is done to avoid damage to the structure of your home.

All pictures and/or mirrors must be taken off walls to prepare for packing and/or crating.

Day of Loading

Things to pack away (and keep handy) on your moving day:

  • Dish soap, dish towels, and paper towels
  • Cleaner (unopened)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Coffee, coffee filters and coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Jar of pasta sauce and pasta
  • Breakfast bars, peanut butter or cheese filled crackers
  • Mug, plate, fork, knife, spoon for each member of the family
  • All purpose kitchen knife, can opener, and sauce pan
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Nightlight
  • Flashlight/candles/matches
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bags
  • First aid kit

Don'ts on Day of Delivery:

Don't forget to ask your CCR for a High-Value Inventory form if you have any items of furniture valued over $1,000.00 per item. In the case of extraordinary value, you may be asked for proof of value via an appraisal form. Be sure to give a copy of your High-Value Inventory form to the driver, so he or she can take the proper precautions when loading these items.

Remember that your designated person must check items off your inventory sheet, as they are removed from the truck and placed in residence.

If an item is not checked off, the driver should go back into the van and search for any missing items or cartons.

It is difficult to substantiate missing items if a check-off is not performed and completed at the time of delivery.

If an item is not delivered, a trace can be placed on the item by the van line to recover the lost items.

Don't forget to empty all contents of your safe. All safes must be unlocked and contents emptied prior to moving.

Remember these very important key items:

Certain high-value items cannot move as part of your household goods' shipment and will not be covered by North American's Possession Protection policy. We cannot be held responsible for personal papers and legal documents, passports, birth certificates, jewelry, watches and valuables. These items should stay with you and not be placed on the moving van. Please make arrangements to transfer these items separately from your household shipment. These items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Appraisals
  • Legal Documents
  • Receipts
  • Coin/Stamp/Card Collections
  • Manuscripts
  • Stocks/Bonds
  • Currency/Money
  • Medications
  • Software Licenses
  • Computer Backup Disks
  • Negotiable Instruments
  • Tax Records
  • Deeds
  • Passports
  • Jewelry
  • Precious Stones

Beltmann Relocation Group is the moving company you can trust. Please use this moving checklist to prepare for your move. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!