Moving Reminders Checklist
Six to Eight Weeks before Moving Day
Working With the Mover:
• Call your selected moving agent. Set a date for the agent to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.
• If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.
• Do you want to do any of the packing — or will you have it done by our experienced packers? Your agent will be happy to discuss packing services with you.
• Show the agent everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.
• Read the “Your Rights and Responsibilities Manual” to make certain that you fully understand the extent of the carrier’s liability.
• Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding of each section. If you have any questions, ask your agent to explain.
• Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator handy.
Four to Six Weeks Before Moving Day
Places to Notify:
l Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Web site.
l Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. The following checklist will be helpful:
Credit Card Companies
Auto Finance Company
Department of Motor Vehicles
Social Security Administration
State/Federal Tax Bureaus
City/County Tax Assessor
• Have a “garage sale” or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items. Ask your agent for a copy of our “Let a Garage Sale Lighten the Load” booklet.
• Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
• Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.
Two to Three Weeks before Moving Day
Working With the Mover:
• Notify your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to supply your agent with destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached.
• Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points.
• 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.
Preparing the Family:
• Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
• Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.
• Have some fun for yourself…an open house or an informal dinner or barbecue. Keep it simple.
• Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.
• If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)
Preparing Household Items:
• Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak. Please read the complete list of non-allowables.
• Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.
• Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment – or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this service.
• Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.
• Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.
• Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. 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.
• Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must be placed in storage. Ask your agent for a copy of our “If There Are Antiques in Your Move… “booklet”.
One to Two Weeks before Moving Day
Pet and Plants
Decide what to do with house plants. Your mover cannot safely move your plants because they may suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van.
• Give plants to friends or relatives.
• Donate plants to a hospital or other organization.
• Include plants in a garage sale.
• Some states permit the entry of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.
• Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely attached to your pet’s collar.
• Arrange for transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air. Consider boarding pets either at destination or at a kennel near your present home until you are settled in the new city.
Other Important Details:
• Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.). Empty your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.
• Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.
Day Before Moving Day
Working With the Packers
• Point out to the packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention. Mark appropriately any items you do not want packed or moved, as well as cartons you will want first when the van arrives at destination.
• If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Upon arrival, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.
• Collect things you definitely want packed together, such as children’s toys, and place in separate groups.
• 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. Ask your agent for a copy of our “If There’s a Home Computer in Your Move… ” booklet”.
Last Minute Details:
• Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.
• Be on hand when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment.
• It is your responsibility to see that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van at your expense. If you have failed to have an article serviced, the van operator may load and haul it but will mark the inventory sheet “Not Serviced.”