Complete Moving Guide to Jonestown, PA

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Moving to a new city or town is always stressful, even when things go perfectly. If you’re moving to the lovely city of Jonestown, PA, the same holds true. What that means is you need to plan, coordinate and get all your ducks in a row so that, come moving day, you’re ready to go!

Moove In Self Storage, the storage experts, put together the following moving guide, chock full of tips, advice, and everything you need to do to be fully prepared. Ready to get started? If yes, read on!

Planning Your Move to Jonestown, PA

Like a fine timepiece, moving from one home to another has many moving parts (no pun intended). Even if you’re using a mover, you need to accomplish many tasks before moving day arrives. It’s even more complicated if you plan to do everything yourself, including packing, loading the truck, driving, etc. To ensure everything is finished and everyone in the family is ready to go, the best thing you can do is start planning as early as possible. We’ve got several lists of everything you need to prepare for below.

The Move

If you plan to use a moving company, start getting moving estimates about 6 to 8 weeks before moving day. Once you’ve compared your estimate, choose the mover you wish to use and lock in your moving dates, including packing, loading, and delivery. If you can find a company that will guarantee your moving dates, all the better.

If you plan to do everything yourself, reserve a moving truck a few weeks ahead. Remember that most people move on the weekends, and truck rental companies are the busiest on those days. If you don’t rent one ahead of time, it is very difficult to find a truck on moving day.


Many people are under the false impression that packing is “easy.” Packing things like toys, linens, clothing, and shoes is relatively easy, but packing many other items is definitely not. Belongings like mirrors, glassware, small appliances, collectibles, and antiques take time, effort, and energy to pack correctly.

Packing things well requires the right supplies, including boxes, tape, packing paper, bubble wrap, and several other items. The good news is that most Moove In Self Storage facilities sell moving and packing supplies at very competitive rates. We suggest you start packing as early as possible. That way, you won’t have to rush and take the chance that you pack something incorrectly and it gets damaged or destroyed during the move.

Selling, Donating, and Throwing Away Items You Don’t Want, Need or Use

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When moving to Jonestown, PA, it’s imperative you get rid of as much as possible. The reason is simple; the more stuff you move, the more your move will cost. If you have things you don’t want, need or use, there’s no reason to move them and pay the extra money.

Of course, that means you’ll need to take some time and effort to go through all of your things and decide what to do with everything. Here are a few suggestions to do that quickly and easily.

  • Go from room to room and separate things into 4 piles; Keep, Donate, Sell, Trash.
  • Put the things you plan to keep in a separate area so they don’t accidentally get sold or thrown away. We suggest putting them in a box and labeling that box “things to keep.”
  • Contact your local Goodwill and arrange a date for them to come and pick up the things you want to donate. (Or start bringing over stuff if they don’t offer pick-up service.)
  • Start posting the items you want to sell on online marketplaces, like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, etc.
  • Have a Garage Sale to sell your small stuff, and advertise the sale on Craigslist and Facebook. (It’s free!)

Gather Together all Your Important Documents, Licenses, and Files

  • School and college transcripts
  • Medical and veterinary files
  • Professional licenses
  • Vehicle titles and deeds
  • Wedding and divorce paperwork
  • Business paperwork
  • Banking information

Call to Have Utilities Disconnected

Keep in mind that most utility companies these days demand you contact them for disconnection services at least 30 days before you move. Those utilities include;

  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Internet
  • Cable TV
  • Garbage
  • Water
  • Pool and yard services
  • Memberships (Gym, golf, professional, etc.)

Quick Facts about Jonestown, PA

Cost of Living in Jonestown, PA

You’ll be glad to know the cost of living in Jonestown is about 10% lower than the national average.

The Housing Market in Jonestown, PA

The median home price in Jonestown is $219,800. That’s significantly less than the national average, and plenty of beautiful houses are available.

The Job Market in Jonestown, PA

The unemployment rate in Jonestown is slightly higher than the national average. Experts recommend having a job lined up before you arrive.

Jonestown’s Weather

The summer comfort index in Jonestown is a lovely 8.9/10. In winter, because it’s pretty cold and there’s lots of snow, the comfort index drops to 5.2/10.

Jonestown’s Crime Rates

You’ll be glad to know that crime rates in Jonestown are far less than the national average. Violent and property crime rates are very low, making Jonestown an excellent place for families.

Let Moove In Make Your Move to Jonestown Less Stressful

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No matter how you move to Jonestown, Moove In Self Storage can make your move easier. We suggest you first use our storage unit size guide to determine what size storage unit you and your family need. Then, look at our FAQ page, which can give you a better idea of how storage can help you and your family. Jonestown storage is easy to use, and our storage units are safe, secure, and always clean. Once you’re ready, reserve your storage units in Johnstown, Pennsylvania! Until then, we wish you the best of luck planning your move to one of Pennsylvania’s nicest, safest cities, Jonestown!