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Helpful Moving Tips
 

Planning a move can be a daunting task. This section will supply you with information to help organize and plan your move. Good planning will simplify the task while saving you time and money.  Use this link for more detailed planning information.

 
Moving Checklist
 

Six to Eight Weeks Before Moving Day

Working With the Mover:

  • Call your moving agent and set a date for your agent to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.
  • If your your company is paying for your move, check their moving policy to determine what services your mover will have authorization to perform.
  • Do you plan to pack for yourself, or have experienced packers be packing for you?  Packing options can be discussed with your agent.
  • Show all the items to be moved to your agent.  Anything added to the shipment later or undisclosed will increase the cost, even to a binding estimate.
  • Read "Your Rights and Responsibilities Manual" and be certain that you understand the carrier's liability and the entire moving process.
  • Read your Estimate/Order for Service, and be certain that you understand it in its entirety before you sign it. Ask your agent any questions you might have.
  • Keep the phone number and name of your agent handy.
 

Four to Six Weeks Before Moving Day

Places to Notify:

  • Inform the post office know that you're moving. An online Change of Address form is obtainable from the United States Postal Service Web site, http://www.usps.com.
  • Make a list of relatives, friends, businesses and others who should know about your move.

Miscellaneous:

  • Have a garage or yard sale, donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations or use online auctions to dispose of unwanted items. When donating, make sure to get receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions.
  • Use supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items.
 

Two to Three Weeks Before Moving Day

Working With the Mover:

  • Inform your agent if you add or subtract any items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Give your agent your destination address and any phone numbers where you can be reached.
  • Confirm any required extra stops.
  • If moving your car, drive it to a suitable loading site. Be prepared to pick it up at a suitable location once you've reached your destination.

Preparing the Family:

  • Take the family on a farewell visit to memorable places and have a going-away party.
  • If you're driving, have your car serviced for the trip.

Preparing Household Items:

  • Federal law requires the disposal of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Drain fuel from machinery and discard open containers of substances that may be flammable or combustible.
  • Discard any propane tanks used for barbecue grills.
  • Have a service technician prepare major appliances for shipment or have your agent send an authorized technician.
  • Set a disconnection date for utilities. Try to keep them in service through moving day.
  • Clean rugs and draperies and leave them wrapped when they're returned from the cleaners.
  • Have antiques appraised in writing to verify their value.
  • Moisture can cause mold, so don't clean your upholstered furniture before moving.
 

One to Two Weeks Before Moving Day

Pet and Plants

  • Decide what to do with house plants.
  • Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require rabies inoculations and health certificates.  Make sure that identification and rabies tags are attached to your pet's collar.
  • Arrange for pet's transportation, either by car or air.  Consider boarding your pet at your destination or near your your present home until you're settled.

Other Important Details:

  • Make sure to retrieve anything that is being cleaned, stored or repaired.
  • Empty lockers at the club, bowling alley or gym.
  • Return library books and borrowed items, and retrieve any loaned out items.
 

Day Before Moving Day

Working With the Packers

  • Show packers any items needing special attention. Mark items you don't want moved, as well as boxes you will want first when arriving at your destination.
  • If you've packed for yourself, make sure that everything is ready to go.
  • Place things that you want packed together in separate groups.
  • Unplug your electronic appliances (except plasma televisions) 24 hours before the move so that they'll be at room temperature on moving day.

Last Minute Details:

  • Make sure nothing's been overlooked: check closets, cupboards, cabinets, basements, storage spaces, etc.
  • Be available when service representative arrives to prepare appliances for shipment.
  • It's your responsibility to have all of your mechanical and electrical equipment properly serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van. If you haven't had an item serviced, the van operator may load and haul it, but will mark the inventory sheet "Not Serviced."
 

Moving Day

Working With the Mover:

  • It's up to you to make sure that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is complete. Tour the house a last time, then check and sign the inventory. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it with you.
  • Approve and sign the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill. The Bill of Lading/Freight Bill states the terms and conditions under which goods are moved and is your receipt for the shipment.  Complete and sign the declared valuation statement as well.
  • Complete and sign the High-Value Inventory form, whether or not any items of extraordinary value are included in the shipment. If applicable, sign and date the "Extraordinary (Unusual) Value Article Declaration" box on the Bill of Lading as well.
  • Make sure the van operator has your exact destination address. Let the van operator know how you can be reached, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your goods.

Last-Minute Details:

  • Leave your phone connected throughout your moving day. After the van leaves, pack the phone in one of your suitcases.

Take a Last Look Around:

  • Check that your water is off
  • Check that your furnace and air conditioner are off
  • Check that your light switches are off
  • Check that all utilities are arranged for disconnection
  • Check that windows are shut and locked
  • Surrender old house keys
 

Delivery Day

Working With the Mover:

  • Be available to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, authorize an adult to be your representative to accept the delivery and pay the charges for you.
  • The van operator will contact you by phone on the day of delivery or make an appearance at the residence if he can't reach you. If you can't accept delivery of your shipment within the waiting time after notification of arrival at the destination, you may request a later time.
  • Check items as they're unloaded. If there's a change in the condition from what is noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, list the discrepancies on the van operator's copy of the inventory sheet. By signing the inventory sheet, you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed. Report any loss or damage personally to the agent.
  • Furniture will be placed as you direct when unloading, including laying of rugs and assembling of any beds that were disassembled at origin. Mattresses will not be unpacked, nor will appliances be installed. Your agent can arrange for such service at your request for an additional charge. The mover is not obliged to rearrange your furniture or install your appliances.
  • Give the movers a floor plan of your new home, which they can then use to determine where your furniture should go.
  • Keep all of your moving documents in a safe place. You will need to verify moving expenses when you file your federal income tax returns.
  • Don't use television sets or other electronic equipment and major appliances for 24 hours after delivery to allow them time to adjust to room temperature and prevent damage.
 

One Week After Move

Settling In:

  • Check with the post office for any mail being held and to begin mail delivery to your new home.
  • Check state and local requirements for auto registration and driver's license.
  • Check with an attorney to discuss laws that pertain to your new location.  Some laws go into affect as soon as residence in the new state and city is established.
  
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