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COUNTDOWN to Moving Day

 

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COUNTDOWN to Moving Day

EIGHT WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Obtain a floor
    plan of your new residence and decide what
    household items you want to keep.

  • Begin an
    inventory of all household goods.

  • Solicit
    estimates from several moving companies.

  • Contact your
    insurance agent, and ask them about your
    homeowners policy to determine whetheryour
    possessions are covered when moving.

  • Establish a file
    for all moving papers and receipts.

  • Arrange to
    transfer child(ren)’s school records.

  • Choose a mover.


SIX WEEKS
BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Begin search for
    good health-care professionals in your new
    location.

  • Fill out
    post-office change of address cards.

  • Send your new
    address to anyone that might need it —
    insurance agents, credit card companies,
    magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives,
    etc.

  • Clean out
    closets and dispose of all items that you will
    not be taking with you.

  • Hold a
    moving/garage sale or donate items to
    charities.


FOUR WEEKS
BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • For self moves,
    reserve a truck or trailer. Obtain necessary
    moving supplies, boxes, twine, labels, etc.

  • Start
    packing!!

  • If your mover is
    doing the packing, arrange for it to be done
    one or two days before loading begins.

  • Send furniture,
    drapes and carpets for repair or cleaning as
    needed.

  • Begin to use up
    overstocks of staple foods.

  • Gather valuable
    personal papers that you may need at your
    destination location, including medical and
    dental records, school records, birth
    certificates, etc.

  • Make travel
    plans and arrange any motel or other
    reservations.


THREE WEEKS
BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Arrange to have
    utilities (gas, electric, phone, cable, water,
    etc.) disconnected in your present home, and
    connected at your new home.

  • Ready car
    registration and insurance records for
    transfer.

  • Notify State
    Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address.

  • Arrange for
    child care on moving day.

  • If necessary,
    reserve apartment elevator for pickup and/or
    delivery dates.


TWO WEEKS
BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Arrange to move
    pets.

  • Check with mover
    about moving house plants. (Some movers will
    not move plants.)

  • Dispose of all
    items too dangerous to move, including
    flammable liquids.

  • If necessary,
    have your automobile serviced and ready for
    the trip.


ONE WEEK
BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Transfer all
    bank accounts.

  • Cancel newspaper
    delivery.

  • Have enough
    medication to last at least two weeks. Have
    prescriptions forwarded to a pharmacy at your
    new destination.

  • Buy traveler’s
    checks.

  • Make
    arrangements to pay for your move.

  • Withdraw items
    and close safety deposit boxes.


TWO DAYS
BEFORE YOU MOVE

  • Have mover pack
    your goods (unless doing it yourself).

  • Defrost and dry
    refrigerators and freezers to be moved.

  • Set aside
    valuable items to carry with you including
    jewelry, vital documents, money and valuable
    small items.


MOVING DAY

  • Be on hand to
    answer questions and give directions to movers
    and stay until they are finished.

  • Accompany driver
    for inventory of your household goods.

  • Complete
    information on bill of lading and carefully
    read the document before you sign it.

  • Make sure you
    have your copies of the bill of lading and
    inventory.

  • Keep the bill of
    lading until your possessions are delivered,
    the charges are paid, and any claims are
    settled.

  • Before the van
    leaves, take one final look through the house
    to make certain nothing has been left behind.

  • Give the driver
    directions to your new home.

  • Notify the
    driver and the van line where you can be
    reached during the move.


DELIVERY DAY

  • Be on hand to
    answer any questions and give directions.

  • You must pay the
    driver before your goods can be unloaded. This
    is a Federal requirement for interstate moves.

  • Supervise
    unloading and unpacking.

  • Check carefully
    for any damaged or missing items.

  • Note on the
    inventory any damaged boxes or obvious damage
    to unboxed items before you sign anything.

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