Moving Tips

We may not be able to help you pack the boxes or load the truck, but PSNC Energy can make your move easier.

First, we make it easy for you to get comfortable, reliable natural gas service from PSNC Energy at your new home. We’ve also provided some resources here to help make the entire moving process smoother. If there’s anything we do to help, let us know.

Moving Timeline

Packing Tips

Moving Plants

Moving Pets

Moving Tips




Moving Timeline
Use this timeline to keep you on track for a smooth move.

One Month Before Moving

  • Be sure to fill out change of address order forms at the post office.
  • Fill out an IRS change of address form.
  • Make arrangements with a moving company or reserve a rental truck. Be sure to get several quotes and look for a company that is fully insured and bonded.
  • Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels.
  • Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask your doctor and dentist for referrals and be sure transfer your prescriptions. Electronic records may make this unnecessary, but it's best to be sure.
  • Set up a bank and checking account in your new city.
  • Self employed? Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, professional accreditation, business licenses and other self employment labor laws.
  • Take inventory of your belongings before they're packed, in case you need to file an insurance claim. Document your belongings with pictures or videotape. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.

A Week or Two Before Moving

  • Switch utility services to your new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
  • Confirm travel reservations.
  • Have appliances serviced for moving.
  • Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed. Collect valuables from safe-deposit boxes.
  • Make copies of any important documents.
  • Call your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your homeowner's or renter's policy during the move.
  • Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule.

On Moving Day

  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic, basement, and garage one last time.
  • Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or, if necessary, use registered mail.
  • Carry traveler's checks for quick, available funds.

After Arriving At New Home

  • Renew your driver's license, auto registration and tags.
  • Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
  • Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home. Be sure that all family members know the new emergency procedures!
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Packing Tips
Keep the following supplies handy for packing:
boxes tissue
marking pen tape
bubble wrap scissors
newspaper tape measure

  • Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects from which they are removed.
  • Use smaller boxes! Don't make them too heavy.
  • Label each box and indicate the following: (a) Which room it should go in (b) Whether it is fragile (c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
  • Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
  • Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. To eliminate ordor, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
  • Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in the plastic wrappings for the move.
  • Pack medicines in leak-proof containers. 
  • Carry a small first aid kit. It's easy to get a cut or scrape while moving—you won't want to have to search for band-aids or antiseptic.

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Moving Plants

  • Place the plants in cardboard containers. Hold them in place with dampened newspaper. Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist. If you must leave your plants behind, take cuttings. Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.
  • Set the boxes aside and mark "DO NOT LOAD" so they won't be taken on the moving van. Close the boxes and punch air holes in the top before loading into your car.
  • Unpack the plants as soon as possible. Remove plants through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking the stems. Do not expose the plants to much sunlight at first. Let them get gradually accustomed to more light.
  • Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another. Many states have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops.

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Moving Pets

Cats and dogs can be taken in your car. Remember to take extra food, water, a leash, and newspaper or sheets to keep your car clean

  • Depending on your pet’s temperament and size, it might be better to have it shipped by air. Be sure to check if your destination has any local requirements or restrictions on animals.Consult your veterinarian for tips on safe travel arrangements. Don't forget to obtain your pet's medical records and health certificate.
  • To have your pet shipped by air, make sure someone can meet your pet at the destination airport and take care of it until you arrive. A kennel can do this for you and keep your pet until you have completed your move, if necessary.

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Moving Tips
The following tips can help your move go smoothly.

  • Get a binding estimate from the moving company. Make sure the amount is written in the contract.
  • Inquire about their on-time record and other complaints with the local Better Business Bureau or consumer complaints department.
  • Movers are limited by law regarding reimbursement for lost or damaged goods. To cover potential damage, check existing homeowner's or renter's policy.
  • Ask about expected gratuities and write them into the contract.
  • Have the contract include a guarantee of how many hours the job will take, allowing an overrun of no more than 10 percent.
  • Make sure all charges are listed on the contract.
  • Inform the moving company of how many stairs are at your new home.
  • Watch loading and unloading and examine all items carefully before signing a receipt.

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