Here are some helpful resources as you prepare to move to, from or around Austin, Texas.
- Austin Texas Relocation Guide
- Austin City Guides: Austin 360, Austin Chronicle, City Search
- Change of Address Online – USPS.com
- Goodwill Donation Pick Up
- Humpback Junk Removal
- Newcomer Guide – The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
- For more information on interstate moving, take a look at the American Moving Association’s Consumer Handbook.
Here at Blue Whale®, we’re dedicated to providing safe and secure moves from start to finish. To make your job easier we’ve put together this handy moving checklist.One month before the move:
- Fill out a change of address form at the post office.
- Fill out an IRS change of address form.
- Call us at Blue Whale® to schedule your move.
- Take inventory of your belongings for insurance purposes.
- Take photos of your items and record serial numbers.
- Make arrangements for pets.
- Finish up your food stores, leaving less to pack or spoil.
- Start packing or arrange to have us pack for you. See our Packing Service
One to two weeks before the move:
- Switch utility services to new address.
- Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine, telephone and cable companies of your move.
- Arrange for extra help on moving day.
- Reserve elevator, if applicable.
- Notify neighbors for van parking purposes.
- Have appliances serviced for moving.
- Clean rugs, bedding, and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
- Plan ahead for infant care.
- Check with your insurance company to ensure you’ll be covered during the move.
- Defrost freezer and refrigerator.
- Place deodorizers in necessary locations.
On moving day:
- Double check closets, drawers, shelves, and attic space for forgotten items.
- Carry important documents and jewelry yourself.
PLANT MOVING GUIDE
A month before the move:
- Prune plants to facilitate packing.
- Consult a florist or a plant book for special instructions.
A week before the move:
- Place your plants in a black plastic bag, along with a bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar or organic bug powder. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight to kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.
The day before:
- Place plants in cardboard containers.
- Hold them in place with dampened newspaper or packing paper.
- Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist.
- If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings.
- Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.
The big day:
- Set the boxes aside and label them “PLANTS” so they will be loaded last. Close the boxes and punch air holes in the top.
- Unpack plants as soon as possible.
- Remove plants through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking the stems.
- At first, do not expose the plants to much sunlight as they have been in the dark.
- Gradually reintroduce them to the light.