Moving is hard work and stressful. We are here to help. Here are some tips to help you get prepared for your moving day. The more prepared you are, the less stressful your next move will be. We hope these tips help you in your move.
Six Weeks Before Moving:
Make an inventory of everything to be moved. Photos are a good idea
Collect everything not to be moved for garage sale or charity.
Contact charity for date and time of pickup - save receipts for tax records
Contact a quality self storage project near your destination to reserve a unit
Put together a moving kit with markers, labels, change of address forms, etc.
Get cartons and packing material to start packing now
Contract with a local mover to load your heaviest items
Be sure to identify each box. Specially label those are are going to your storage unit
Contact insurance agent to transfer or cancel coverage
Check with employer to find out what moving expenses they will pay
Four Weeks Before Moving:
Notify all magazines of change of address
Check with veterinarian for pet records and immunizations
Contact utility companies for refunds of deposits, set turn off dates
Dry clean clothes to be moved, pack in protective wrappers
Collect everything you have loaned out, return everything you have borrowed
Service power mowers, boats, snowmobiles, etc., that are to be moved - drain all gas and oil to prevent fire in moving van
Check with doctors and dentist for all family record and prescriptions
Get children's school records
Check freezer and plan use of food over next two to three weeks
Remove all jewelry and other valuables to a safe deposit box or other safe place to prevent loss during move
Give away or arrange for transportation of houseplants (most moving companies will not move plants, especially in winter) - Plants can also be sold at garage sales, or are perfect gifts for neighbors
One Week Before Moving:
Transfer or close checking and savings accounts.
Arrange for cashier's check or money order to pay moving company upon arrival at new residence
Have automobile serviced if driving long distance
Fill out Post Office change of address forms, give to postmaster
Check an make inventory of all furniture and other large items.
Specially label items going to your storage unit
Dispose of all combustible and spray cans (spray cans can explode or burn - Don't pack them)
Pack a separate carton of cleaning utensils and tools (screwdriver, hammer, etc.). Make this a part of your moving kit.
Separate cartons and luggage you need for personal family travel
Mark all boxes that you pack with the room they will be going to at your new residence
Organize at least one room in the house for packers and movers to work freely
Cancel all newspapers, garden service, etc.
Review the entire list to make list to make certain that you haven't overlooked anything
Check and double check everything you have done before it's to late
Plan to spend the entire day at the house. Last minute decisions must be made by you - Don't leave until after everything's loaded
Hire a baby-sitter or send the children to a friend's house for the day
Verify your inventory while loading is underway
Tell everyone about fragile or precious items
Make a final check off for the entire house, basement, closets, shelves, attic, garage and other rooms
Keep your inventory records with you to help with unpacking and to clearly identify what's still in storage
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