Moving Tips

When is the best time to move?

Take all factors into consideration when deciding on the best time for you to move. Keep in mind, however, that the summer months (mid-May to mid-September) and the beginning and end of each month (regardless of the season) are particularly busy for moving companies and may require more flexibility and advanced scheduling.

How do I determine which moving companies to contact?

Ask your neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members if they can make recommendations. Investigate each of the movers you select with the Better Business Bureau. Good service is the best measure of a good mover.

When should I contact moving companies for estimates?

Try to provide moving companies with as much notice as possible, especially if you are moving during the summer months. We recommend at least four to six weeks before your desired moving date. This will increase your likelihood of securing the pickup and delivery dates you desire.

What happens when a relocation consultant comes to my home?

The relocation consultant will arrive at your home to perform a visual survey of your items. The consultant must be able to clearly see what is being moved in order to provide you with an accurate estimate. If you know of items that are out of view or will be eliminated, be certain to point them out to the consultant. Once the visual survey is completed, the consultant will calculate the weight, packing cost and any other charges related to your move.

Household Moving Tips

Preparing For The Move
  • Have a garage sale. Get rid of everything you don't need before you move.
  • Get organized now. Don't wait until the last minute. Make list of things you need to do and when.
  • Make sure you are ready for the packers and movers. Don't forget to do the laundry, wash the dishes, pack your suitcases, disconnect computers, stereos and VCRs.
  • Set aside those items that you will be taking with you and clearly mark them as Do Not Pack.
  • Arrange to close your accounts at your local bank and opens accounts in your new hometown.
  • Obtain a change-of-address kit from your post office or go to https://moversguide.usps.com
  • Drain the gas and oil from all your power equipment (lawnmower, edger, etc.)
  • Schedule house cleaning and other home services for the day after loading.
  • Have your utilities shut off the day after loading (gas, electric, telephone, etc)
  • Make your travel arrangements for the day after loading. In case of weather delays or other unforeseen problems, you wouldn't want to miss a flight or other travel related appointment.
  • Before the moving truck leaves for your destination, give the driver your phone numbers where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to get the driver's cell phone number.
  • Be aware of items that can't be moved with the mover.
    • These items include:
    • Flammable Items
    • Combustible Items
    • Aerosol cans
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Gasoline
    • Plants
    • Paints
    • Ammunitions and Explosives
    • Jewelry
    • Legal Documents (wills, financial papers, insurance documents, etc.)

When using a mover, remember that you are the customer and the boss. If you have any concerns at all, contact your move coordinator immediately.

Guam has laws that you need to observe when it comes to bringing certain items into the country.

Moving Firearms

When you arrive in Guam you will be presented with a customs form. If you have firearms, you must declare them on the form (providing a description of the firearms and their value). The Customs official will inspect your firearms to ensure that you can possess them legally in Guam. You will be given documents that you must take to the Guam Police Department – so they can be officially registered. You can find additional information on Guam firearm law on this document or at http://gpd.guam.gov/.

Moving Vehicles

Guam law requires you to register your motor vehicles. Part of the registration process involves a safety inspection – so you should make sure that your motor vehicles in good working order before shipping them. If your vehicles do not pass the safety inspection, you will be required to repair them within a short time-frame. At a minimum make sure that the following items are working: lights, brakes, horn, rear-view mirrors, windshield wipers and muffler. You will also be required to present your current driver’s license and vehicle registration.

Moving Pets

If you are bringing an animal to Guam, you can expect for it to be inspected and placed in quarantine (typically 120 days) – until it has been determined that the animal poses no threat to brining any disease onto the island. Bring all vaccination records and a health certificate from a qualified veterinarian stating the animal(s) are free of all disease. If you do not bring these items you will be required to pay for these to be performed in Guam.