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Moving Checklist

Preparing to move can be easy for you and your family if you take some simple steps.

STEP 1:  Plan and manage your relocation early.

Waiting until the last minute to pack your things often result in something you missed or misplaced or not sure whether you want to keep or a variety of things to decide when you should already be on your way! To help you with your relocation, check out Connect Your Home’s convenient moving checklist template below to guide you through the moving process and keep you organized. The following template can be used as a moving checklist for apartment or house.

STEP 2:  Organize Your Move

You’re moving to a new house or apartment. It’s a new beginning. And you know you have things you’ve been meaning to get rid of but never got around to it and they’re sitting in your garage, your closet, under your bed, in the backyard. We’re talking clutter and you don’t want to move clutter with you.
  • House Cleaning – Ask yourself: What items do I rarely use now that I won’t use in my new home? Create a moving checklist by room.
    • Pack Your Essentials: Bedding, linens, clothes, bathroom necessities (toothbrushes, toothpastes, wash cloths, bathrobes, toiletries, hairdryer, hair care products, medications), first-aid kit, flashlights, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, paper towels, extension cords, batteries, light bulbs, trash bags, alarm clocks.
    • As you pack all your necessities and separate items you won’t be taking with you, set them in the garage and hold an impromptu garage sale.
    • If you’re in the giving mood, donate your unwanted items to your favorite charity or drop them off at a Goodwill or Salvation Army location.
  • Take Inventory – Review the essentials and other items you’ve decided to take with you.
    • Protect your possessions and keep track of your belongings by making a list or taking photos when using professional movers.
    • Label plastic trash bags and boxes accordingly by the room where the contents belong.
    • Make sure you check off the list every item moved into your home.
  • Be Safe and Take Precaution – Take precaution as you pack and know what NOT to pack to keep yourself and the rest of your belongings safe.
    • Do NOT pack anything flammable including lighter fluid, motor oil, paint thinner, turpentine, fuel canisters, aerosols, pesticide.
    • Do NOT pack personal items of irreplaceable value including cash, jewelry, sentimental items, papers, documents and mail with sensitive information.
    • Be extra careful with heat-sensitive items including CDs/DVDs, computer hardware and peripherals, and laptops.
    • If you cannot move live plants yourself carefully, pack plants in a way that secures the base and provides room for branches. Pack it last and unpack it first and provide water and partial sunlight (as needed for the plant type). Generally movers will not move live plants in a truck or pod.
      • For cross country moves be aware of state laws that restrict certain plants (ie California). Check online for information on restricted plant types.
    • Whether you decide to do the moving of larger items yourself or hire professional movers, make sure you clear all obstructions including rugs, door mats, low-hanging items, and any other obstacles to create a clear path.
    • Always let professional movers know beforehand about items that require special handling especially items with loose, detachable, or mended parts.
  • Moving – Will you be doing the moving yourself or do you need professional movers?
    • Make sure to weigh the pros and cons between doing the moving yourself or hiring professional movers including the estimated cost, distance of the move, the moving of large/heavy items, and the search for a quality moving company.
    • For those taking the DIY approach, make sure to ask and schedule time for family or friends to help with your move. Do you need to rent a moving truck?
    • If you decide to use professional movers, give yourself at least 2 months in advance to do research and read referrals to help ensure you picked the right movers.
  • Arrange for Transfer of Your Home Services and Utilities – Notify your current home service and utility providers of your relocation.
    • Be sure to contact the following home services and utilities: electricity, water/sewer, gas, home security systems, home phone service, internet service, cable or satellite television service, and trash or recycling pickup.
    • Check to make sure your cable TV and internet service provider is available in your new area. Use our Home Services Search Form to find all available home services in your new area.
  • If you need new home services for your new home, Connect Your Home can help you find the right cable or satellite TV, high speed internet, home phone, home security and more.

Apps allow you to access home security footage anytime, anywhere

Perhaps inspired by candid camera shows, security cameras have started taking on more roles than just home security and safety. OK, probably not candid camera-inspired, but with all of the new home automation technology, people are able to stay connected to their homes and loved ones like never before, no matter where they are. Apps for smart devices allow you to access security camera footage of your home anytime, anywhere. So whether you want to check in to make sure your kids got home from school safely, or if you are simply curious about what your beloved pet is up to while you’re gone, you have the power to see it all right at your fingertips. Most of the nation’s top home security providers now include security cameras as an optional or standard feature in their packages, meaning that when you invest in a home security system, you’ll be able to easily:
  • Monitor any deliveries left on your porch, which is useful as package thefts are on the rise in many areas. The captured footage can help the police investigate thefts, property damage or other criminal activity occurring around your property.
  • See who is knocking on your door without using windows or peepholes, and view any visitors to your home even if you are not home.
  • Deter criminals by the simple fact that you have security cameras in place recording anything suspicious.

Get peace of mind from a home security system today

Having a security camera can help put your mind to rest and having access to what’s happening in your home helps protect those you care most about. Stay connected with your home and get a home security system today! Connect Your Home can connect you with home security systems from these highly regarded providers in the U.S.:

How to Connect Your DVR to the Internet

Connecting Your DISH DVR to the Internet

Set Up Broadband
We encourage you to always connect your receiver to your broadband service in order to:
  1. Keep critical receiver data current
  2. Access thousands of online titles
  3. Order pay-per-view using your remote control.
There are several ways to connect to broadband service:
  • With an Ethernet Cable
  • With a Power Line Broadband Connector
Use if your receiver is not close to your modem/router and you do not have a wireless router. The Power Line Broadband Connector allows multiple receivers to connect to your broadband service through the power cord and the electrical wiring in your home. Visit to purchase a Power Line Broadband Connector.
  • With a Wifi Broadband Connector
Use if your receiver is not close to your modem/router and you have a wireless router and a model 222k, 612, 622, 722, or 722k receiver (check the model name of on the front of your receiver or go to The Wifi Broadband Connector allows one receiver to connect to your broadband service using your wireless network. Visit to purchase a Wifi Broadband Connector.


With An Ethernet Cable:
  1. Connect the Ethernet cable from the receiver to your modem/router.
  2. Go to the Test Your Connection section to verify that your receiver is connected.
With A Power Line Broadband Connector:
  1. Find power outlet nearest to your modem/router and plug in the Power Line Broadband Connector (do not plug into a surge protector or a power strip).
  2. Connect an Ethernet cable from your modem/router to your Power Line Broadband Connector.
  3. Unplug the receiver from the electrical outlet for 10 seconds and then plug back in. It will take no more than 5 minutes for the receiver to power back on.
  4. Go to the Test Your Connection section below to verify that your receiver is connected.
With A Wifi Broadband Connector:
  1. Connect the Wifi Broadband Connector to your ViP 222k, 612, 622, 722, 722k or 922 receiver’s USB port using the provided extension cable.
  2. Select “Setup” on the pop-up that appears on your TV screen.
  3. Choose your wireless network from the list and select “Done”.
  4. Enter your password (WEP or WAP encryption key) for your wireless network and select “Done”. This will initiate a test. If you do not know your password, you can get it from the person who set up your wireless network or you can contact your internet service provider.
  5. When the test is finished, select “Done”.
  6. Verify that the wireless signal reading on the screen is above 40. If it is not, try to move the dock to achieve a stronger signal. Select “Done” when finished.
  7. Go to the Test Your Connection to verify that your receiver is connected.
Test Your Connection:
  1. Press MENU on your DISH Network remote. Select “System Setup” and then “Diagnostics”.
  2. Select “Connection” to start the test. – If the result says, “Broadband Connection OK”, you are done. Press VIEW LIVE TV on your remote to return to programming. – If the result says, “Failure”, click here for more troubleshooting options.

How to Set Up Your DISH Network Remote

How to Program the DISH Remote to Control Your TV

Power Scan Performing a power scan allows the remote to attempt to find the correct code for your television.
  1. While at the TV locations (TV1 or TV2 depending on which key is installed), point the remote at the TV. Press and hold the TV MODE button on the remote until all four MODE buttons at the top of the remote light up.
  2. Press the RECEIVER POWER button on the remote.
  3. Press the UP ARROW on the remote, about one press every two seconds. Stop as soon as the TV turns off. This process may take several minutes.
  4. Press POUND (#) on the remote. The TV MODE button will flash three times.
  5. Press TV POWER on the remote to turn on the TV. Press VOLUME on the remote to confirm the remote controls the TV. If this does not work, return to Step 1.
  Visit for more information about setting up your remote.

No Contract Cable TV with Time Warner Cable

No term commitment from Time Warner Cable gives you the freedom to control your home services!

Not ready to make a long-term commitment? We get it. That’s why Time Warner Cable offers its subscribers quality home services packages without the long term commitment. There’s no contract to sign, no lock-in pricing, you can feel free to manage your Time Warner Cable service without feeling bound to a monthly plan. You deserve a cable provider that won’t hold you back while giving you the best entertainment options at a price you can afford. Planning to move soon, but still want to take advantage of Time Warner Cable services? No problem. Since there’s no long-term commitment plan with Time Warner Cable, you choose your services and how long you want them for. When it’s time to move you can choose to have Time Warner Cable services follow you to your new place with moving specials on all of your home services. Browse Time Warner Cable Moving Specials Now or call 800-219-5715.

No Access To High Speed Internet? Introducing dishNET Wireline

If you live in an area unserviced by cable, it used to mean that you also didn’t have access to high-speed internet. Last time we checked, this is America and everyone deserves to have high speed access to the world wide web. Dish Network has answered the call with dishNET Wireline, a high speed internet service option designed for customers who live outside of cable service areas and don’t have access to DSL internet or landline phone options. dishNet Wireline offers internet and phone service to go with their satellite TV service. If you bundle your phone and internet with TV, you can save up to $35 a month. If you just want to bundle TV and internet, you can save $10 a month. So, why go with Wireline over Dish’s standard satellite internet? It has faster download speeds (up to 1.5 Mbps), a bigger data cap (250 GB), it’s a DSL based internet and offers high speed internet and landline phone service to customers who live in areas where DSL and landline phone service are unavailable. dishNET Wireline is currently only available in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For more information, please call 800-219-5701.

Everything You Need To Know About Sling TV from DISH Network

Cord cutters, rejoice. DISH Network, the American satellite company known for pushing the envelope of technology and user experience, has announced the very thing you’ve all been waiting for: an innovative TV option that allows you to watch your favorite channels – and ONLY your favorite channels – without the burden of a lengthy contract or cumbersome customer service. Sling TV is the first ever cordless, a la carte television provider to feature channels like ESPN, Food Network, AMC, TNT and History Channel. Sling TV is available everywhere and you can watch it everywhere: on your phone, tablet, computer or on your TV like Mother Nature intended. Best of Live TV package: $20 a month Just the basics. Breaking news, sports, food and entertainment. This package includes channels like ESPN, Food Network, History Channel, AMC, CNN, Cartoon Network, Bloomberg and Travel Channel. HBO: $15 a month The full slate of HBO’s premium programming is available on Sling TV. Order it alone or add it onto your existing packages. Ground breaking documentaries, Hollywood blockbusters, original comedy specials and HBO’s diverse sports programming. Extras: $5 a month Need a little more? Pick from three different extra packages tailored for kids, adults, film buffs, foodies and sports fanatics. Sports Extra gives you access to ESPNU, SEC Network, Universal Sports and more.   For more information, call 800-219-5701.

Special Military Offer For All US Armed Forces Members!

Are you an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces? By following this LINK and following the instructions, you’ll be presented with your special military offer. All you need is your first and last name, email address, phone number, military status and date of birth. Once you have entered your information, you’ll unlock this limited time special offer for military personnel ONLY. Active duty, veteran, reservists and guard servicemen and women qualify. Just in time for Memorial Day, get the best offer for DISH available! When ordering your new DISH Network service get 50% off the best package PLUS a $100 Prepaid Visa Card. Order today while this exclusive offer lasts, and get it only with Connect Your Home. ] Order today and also get: -Free Hopper upgrade -Free professional installation -Free HD for Life -Free CINEMAX, SHOWTIME, STARZ for 3 months   This offer is only available to military personnel, and only available from Connect Your Home. LINK  

Sling TV From DISH Network

The highly anticipated over-the-top video service from DISH Network was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Monday. The 12-channel streaming service will be available for just $20 a month, and will include ABC Family, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, Disney Channel, ESPN, Food Network, HGTV, TBS, TNT, and the Travel Channel. You do not need a TV subscription from DISH like some other streaming services; all you need is an Internet connection or a Roku box, Kindle Fire TV or select Smart TVs (not including Apple TV). With a Sling TV subscription, you can watch programming on your tablet, smart phone, computer or TV. However, the single-stream service can only be used on one device at a time. So if you plan on sharing the subscription with a roommate, friend, etc. and one of you wants to watch “Chopped” but the other wants to watch a game on ESPN, one of you is out of luck. Additional programming such as sports, kids and news networks can be added to the basic package for just $5 more a month. Other over-the-top services have been announced to launch later this year from Sony, Verizon, HBO, and CBS’s Showtime Networks services. The announcement of Sling TV is a testament of how DISH is committed to providing the latest in technology to their customers. Thinking of switching to an over-the-top service? Ensure your Internet connection can support streaming services – find Internet deals in your area here.

Netflix Now Available to DISH Customers

DISH and Netflix have partnered up to bring DISH customers Netflix content via the Hopper™. Effective today, DISH customers will be able to stream Netflix content through the whole-home HD DVR, better known as the Hopper, for the regular fee of $7.99 – $8.99 a month.  The streaming service provides TV shows and movies to online viewers and is now available from a pay-TV provider for the first time. DISH Senior Vice President of Product Management Vivek Kehmka points out that the app integration gives customers easy access to their favorite shows and movies from both DISH and Netflix – all through the Hopper. The service is also anticipated to be added to other DISH devices such as its Joey receivers. The pay-TV arrangement is a first for Netflix and Bill Holmes, global head of business development at Netflix explains the reasoning behind such a partnership as a no brainer; “Many households subscribe to both Netflix and a traditional pay-TV service. Our vast library of TV shows and movies, combined with Dish’s lineup of live-television content, gives customers easy access to a wide variety of complementary programming.” Order DISH today for instant access to both pay-TV and Netflix programming!