MOVING COUNTDOWM LIST



Moving can be overwhelming, exciting and exhausting!

An organized move is a mover made easy!

This is the one time when you need a good long-range plan to ensure that your moving day is as hassle-free as possible.

FIRST CREATE A TIMELINE!

2 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

O Investigate your moving options. Get three written in-home estimates. Be wary of phone or internet
estimates. Show the mover everything that will be moved, including items in attics, basements, garages, storage areas, sheds, etc. Typically two of the estimates will be very close together in price, weight, and service. Select one of those two estimates. The other bid will be very high or low. Avoid that carrier. (have them guarantee the quote.) Beware of estimated prices. If it's a company move, check with your employer to find out what moving expenses they cover.

O Get references and choose a mover (or truck rental company).

O Try to schedule your move on an off “peak” time. The moving industry has "peak" and "off peak" seasons. The "peak" season for movers is during the summer. Also, the beginning and the end of the month and the end of year holidays are extra busy for movers. During that period of time the demand for moving equipment, vans, personnel is heavy and your costs will probably be higher.

O Plan your moving budget.

O Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter (start with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas). Disposed of the things you don't want to take.

O Create a "move file" to keep track of estimates, receipts and other important information.

O Started to round up passports, birth/marriage certificates, medical and insurance records. Put them in an accessible place.

O Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals and obtain a copy of all medical records.

O Arrange to have school records transferred to your children's new school district and/or day care.

O Start to gather moving supplies–boxes, tape, rope and markers

O When packing, keep in mind that it is important to fill boxes to capacity. Under-filled boxes can get crushed and over-filled boxes may fall apart. Pick the right size box for the job and boxes should be between 25 to 50 lbs each. If you decide to do your own packing or partial packing, remember that the moving company is not liable for damage to boxes packed by the customer.

O Get your new home ready - Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc., so your home is ready when you arrive. Remember to change the locks on all the doors in your new home.

O Think about your new home layout and start thinking about where you'll place the furniture. Create a floor plan of your new home that will prevent the stress of making decisions when your furniture arrives at your new home.

O Have antiques, pieces of art and other valuables appraised just incase they are lost or damaged during the move. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.

O Auto movers can help you by shipping your car to your new destination.

O Contact member organizations you have joined. Ask how you can end, sell or transfer your membership(health clubs.)

O Start talking to your young children about the impending move. Moves to new locations can be traumatic for a child. Preparing them in advance gives the child plenty of time to prepare for the move.

 

6 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

O Notified banks, savings accounts, credit card companies and magazine subscriptions

O Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses who need to be notified of your move. Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form, or do it online at www.usps.gov.

O Make transportation arrangements for your pets. Take your pets to your veterinarian to ensure proper up to date health certificates and rabies inoculations. Some states will require these documents.

O Decided what new household items you are going to buy for your new home and then discard the items you are planing to replace.

O Check the measurements of your new home. Make sure that you have enough room for your larger pieces of furniture andthat you can get them through the door.

O If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotel and rental car
reservations. If driving, plan your travel route.

O Start collecting suitable moving and packing supplies if you plan to do your own packing or partial packing. You can purchase all these materials from your agent or a moving supply company. All boxes that you purchase from us or a moving supply company are specially designed for the moving industry to prevent any damages to your belongings. Getting boxes from other sources may create some difficulties when packed in the van. These boxes may be unusual sizes and they may not be strong enough to prevent damages to items packed inside.

O Start researching your new community. Subscribe to the news paper in your new Hometown.

O Contact the Chamber of Commerce to request their new resident packet.

O Start using up things you won’t want to move (such as frozen and perishable foods) and cleaning
supplies (such as bleach and aerosols) that are too dangerous to move.

O Start packing items you don't use often.

 

1 MONTH BEFORE YOU MOVE

O Made provision for your pets to be relocated to your new home

O Separated favorite toys

O Have the rugs and draperies cleaned that you are taking with you. Leave all of them wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.

O Decided which clothes will travel with you

O Also start disposing of the items that will be donated. Be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes.

O Agreed to an insurance value on your home furnishings with your mover

O Determine what hazardous items your moving company will not transport. Some common examples include: Aerosol cans, ammunition, firearms, fireworks, gasoline, kerosene, motor fuel, oil based paints, thinners, varnishes, starter fluid, fire extinguishers, bleach, Sterno, etc.

O Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.

O Get an IRS Change of Address form, call 1-800-829-1040 and also get a 3903 form to deduct your moving expenses. (Save moving receipts many expenses are tax deductible).

O Make sure all library books have been returned and that all dry cleaning or items out for repair have been picked up.

O Select an area to designated for yard sale items

O Set a date and advertise your moving sale. Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions.

O Call your newspaper courier and cancel your subscription.

O Set a date for your last lawn service.

O Make maps or buy maps of your new neighborhood.

O Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home and connection of them at your new one. (Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive at your new home.)

O If you have deposits with the telephone, gas, cable or electric company request your refunds.

O Arrange for cleaning of your carpeting.

O Consider giving your plants to friends or a charity if you are moving from one state to another. Some state laws prohibit the moving of houseplants. Remember moving companies will not move plants.

O Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.

O Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.

O Take Valuables with You. Valuables, such as cash, coins, jewelry, photographs,and important papers should be taken with you or sent ahead. Be sure to use a traceable service, such as FedEx and United
Parcel Service.

O Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.

O If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.

 

2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

O Recruit moving-day help.

O Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another state).

O Confirm travel reservation.

O Confirm parking for your trailer and obtain parking permits if needed.

O Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids.

O Arranged for someone to look after the children on moving day.

O Clear out your safe-deposit box, and put the contents in a safe box you’ll take in the car for your move.

O Hold your moving sale and arrange for disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale.

O Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have a two week supply of medications on hand.

O Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.

O Pack a essentials box: Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book,
flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, necessary prescriptions, bandages and games for the kids. Also, pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items you will need for the move.

O Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories and take photos.

O Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.

O Say goodby to your friends...an open house or an informal dinner or barbecue. Keep it simple.

O Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving unless it has ample time to dry. Moisture could cause mold if furniture if it is a long move or if the furniture is placed in storage.

 

7 DAYS BEFORE YOUR MOVE

O Defrosted the refrigerator/freezer

O Emptied the tanks of powered tools such as mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, etc.

O Service your car in preparation for the move. If you're moving from a warm climate to a cold one, check your antifreeze.

O Close and empty your safe-deposit box.

O Make sure to mark which items you'll take yourself, so the movers won't take them or have any questions.

O Transfer your bank accounts.

O Settle any bills with local businesses.

O Prepare specific directions to your new home for your moving company, including your travel itinerary and emergency numbers.

O Planned simple meals for the week before moving to avoid using appliances and cooking items.

O Mark all cartons you will want first when the van arrives at destination.

 

ONE DAY PRIOR TO MOVING

O Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.

O Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box "Load Last."

O Obtain cash for the trip.

O Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.

O Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.

 

MOVING DAY

O Note all utility meter readings.

O Leave a note with your new address in the house so that the future residents can forward any mail.

O If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.

O Point out to the movers any extra-fragile items needing special attention.

O Remember, that when the truck has been filled, and the movers tell you that they have everything, to do a final walkthrough of the premisest to make sure that nothing has been left behind. This is your own
responsibility.

O Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Approve and sign the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill. It states the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment. Be sure to complete and sign the declared valuation statement. Keep this paperwork in a safe place.

O Make sure the van operator has the exact destination address. Be sure to let him know how you can be reached, including phone numbers and the arrival time of your household goods.

O Make sure that each room is completely clean, then it is time to shut the door and leave.
Make sure the furnace and air conditioner is shut off, windows are shut and locked and the house keys are surrendered.

O Relax. Since you've prepared so well, just relax while the movers load your well-packed boxes onto the truck!

DELIVERY DAY

O Again, be on hand or have someone there to answer any questions that the movers might have.

O Check your belongings carefully & note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items or missing items.

O On an interstate move, be prepared to pay the driver before your possessions are unloaded. Use a credit card if possible. Be prepared to pay your mover with cash or certified check unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

O Supervise unloading and unpacking of your home furnishings.

O Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance, which the movers can use to determine where each piece of furniture should go.

O Take time to look things over and to ensure your utilities have been connected

O To prevent possible damage, televisions, computers and other electronic devises shouldn’t be turned on for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time adject to room temperature.

 

ONE WEEK AFTER THE MOVE

O Check with your new post office for any mail being held and ask for delivery to start.

O Check state (and local) requirements for auto registration and a driver's license.

O You may want to select an attorney to discuss laws that pertain to your destination state, county, and/or city. Be sure to cover such matters as wills, transfers of property and investments, insurance regulations, inheritance laws, taxes, etc. Most laws affect a family as soon as residence in the new state and city is established.