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Moving Checklist

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The following Mover's Checklist will help you to limit the chaos that a move can sometimes create. At J. Ellis, we are committed to helping your move go as smoothly as possible.


  • Contact your Dallas Apartment Locator at J. Ellis. 8 weeks ahead of time is the perfect time to start looking for your new Dallas apartment. Apartments, lofts and townhomes rarely know more than 60 days ahead of time what openings they are going to have available and even what the prices will be. Properties usually only receive 30 to 60 days notice ahead of time when a renter is moving out. Have in mind which area or areas of Dallas you want your J. Ellis Apartment Locator to search. If you aren't sure, ask your Locator for advice. Perhaps your job location is a good place to start. Let your Locator know how many miles of a radius you would like to be located from your job. If you are not able to come to the Dallas area before your move to personally look at the properties yourself, then your Apartment Locator can arrange everything for you long distance. You will use the detailed property information and recommendations your Locator provides to make a selection. The apartments, or your Locator, will send you the Application. Many times the Application is available right Online on the property's website for you to apply. Everything can be done by mail, fax, email, or Online, and your apartment can be ready for you when you move here! Of course, you would send the necessary deposits to the property ahead of time.
  • Start looking carefully throughout your current home and gathering together items that you do not want to move with you. Organize them into 4 groups: items to donate, items to sell, items to throw away, items to give away. There is no point in packing up and transporting items that you don't really need or want. Look through closets, drawers, storage, garages, cabinets, etc. Leave no stone unturned. When finished, throw away the items that are for that purpose. Look at the items you wanted to give away and put a sticky note on each item with the name of the person you want to give them to. Load them up in the trunk of your car, and take a day to deliver them all. Drop off the items to donate or call and arrange for an organization to do a pick up. Start selling the items that you want to sell. In the end, you will have greatly thinned out what you have to pack and move.

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  • By now you should have already selected an apartment with the assistance of your J. Ellis Dallas Apartment Locator. Make sure the apartment has everything they need from you. Also make sure that your Apartment Locator KNOWS which apartment property you have selected, and your move date. They will follow up to make sure you don't fall through the cracks and the apartments have everything ready for your date of move.
  • Start looking for a good Moving Company. Ask friends for references. Ask your Dallas Apartment Locator for a reference. Start calling and requesting estimates in writing....not verbally. Review the estimates and make sure they outline the services that the estimate includes. Look for any small print exclusions or limitations. Be sure the estimate has a USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) number. Also, make sure the company itself is licensed and insured. If you are doing the packing yourself, begin collecting needed supplies, such as boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and permanent markers.
  • Begin packing the items you wont need in the next month! Mark each box clearly on top and sides according to which room it belongs to in the new apartment. This is for the movers to read, so they can deliver each box to the appropriate room. Also mark a summary of the contents on the side of the box. This is for YOUR benefit, when you begin unpacking each room. For instance, a box of items that is suppose to go in the living room, might be marked “LR- DVDs” or “LR- Decorations”, etc. Pack and label the boxes “Essentials” for items that you will need right away after you move in. Separate and label the boxes with valuables, such as jewelry and important files, and transport these few boxes yourself if possible.
  • Go to your children's school and arrange for their records to be transported to the new School District.
  • Get your medical records from any medical providers and take them with you to the Dallas area, so you can give them to your new medical providers.
  • Get the Vet records for your pets and bring them with you to the Dallas area so you can give them to your new Vet.
  • Go to your local post office and fill out the necessary change of address form so that you can have your mail forwarded to your new address. You might also be able to do this online at You can indicate when you would like the change of address to go into effect.
  • Inform your banks, credit card companies, insurance, and current utility companies that you will be moving.
  • Select your new utility providers for your apartment, townhome or loft in Dallas. This may include providers of electric, cable, Internet, or others. Ask your new apartment leasing office staff if they have recommendations for providers that service their property. Call the providers and arrange for services to be turned on the day before you arrive.
  • Begin using up all the items you will not be moving with you, such as perishable and frozen items, bathroom items, and cleaning supplies.


  • Confirm with your Apartment Locator that everything is ready for your move into the apartment, or check with the apartments yourself to make sure they have everything ready.
  • Clear out any safe deposit boxes that you may have, and put them in a safe location to bring with you to Dallas.
  • Contact the moving company and re-confirm the arrangements.
  • Finish any last minute packing.
  • Make sure that your employer knows that you need the day of the move off work so that you can supervise the move.
  • Stock up on prescriptions and make sure you have enough to get you by for the next 3 or 4 weeks.


  • Pack a suitcase for each family member with the items you will need to get you by for the next few days.
  • Start emptying your refrigerator and freezer. Defrost and clean it. If you are moving long distance, then give away the food items. You can give them to friends or donate them to a local homeless shelter. If you are moving to Dallas from an area that is only 4 hours or less away, you may choose to get a few ice chests, fill them with ice, and bring some of your food items along with you to put in your new refrigerator.
  • Clean your current home. Whether you currently live in a house or an apartment, you no doubt want to leave that home in a clean condition. Especially this is true if you are renting and hoping to collect your deposit. Your goal should be to leave the home in the same condition you found it in, or better. Obviously you cannot vacuum or clean the floor where the moving boxes are sitting. But you can clean all the other areas of your home: Counters, inside kitchen cabinets, inside the stove, microwave and refrigerator, the bathrooms, fireplace, dust ceiling fans, window sills, baseboards, inside empty closets, dust and wipe down doors and any built-ins. Clean mirrors, windows, and glass doors. Dust blinds. Sweep and mop any hard surface floors not blocked by moving boxes. The aim is to limit the stress on moving day so that all that is left for you to clean on the day of the move is to vacuum the carpet or mop the floor where the moving boxes were sitting.
  • Reconfirm the moving company's arrival time. Make sure they have clear directions to your home, as well as your contact numbers.
  • If you do not have arrangements to pay your mover by credit card, then have whatever alternate method of payment you are using available, whether it be money order, cash or check. If you feel that the movers did a good job, then a 10% tip is considered fair.

J. Ellis is your premier Dallas Apartment Locator. We are dedicated to helping your moving experience go as smoothly as possible. Moving has been ranked on the top 10 list of the most stressful events a person can go through. Don't go through it alone!

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