Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a chaotic time for everybody. Still, with some assistance and direction from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it doesn’t have to be. We’ve arranged an exhaustive master plan that will help you make your move go as smoothly as possible. After looking at our guide, you might even be taken aback by the fact that you should actually start the move process as much as two whole months before you actually move!Six to Eight Weeks Prior to Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Call up your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Determine a time for the agent to visually survey your residence and assemble an estimate.If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to find out the services the mover will be allowed to perform.Are you going to pack your things -- or would you rather leave it up to our experienced packers? Your agent will cover all of our packing services with you.Show the agent everything that will be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will add to the price tag, even if you have been given a binding estimate.Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you've read and understand each section. Your agent will answer any questions you have.Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator accessible.Four to Six Weeks Before Moving DayPlaces to Notify:Apprise the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Web site. Prepare a checklist of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be informed of your move. The following checklist will be helpful:Utilities Personal AccountsElectric PharmacyGas Dry CleanerWater Lawn ServiceTelephone Bank/Finance CompaniesSewer District Credit Card CompaniesTrash Laundry ServiceCable/Satellite Auto Finance CompanyFuel (Oil/Propane) Health ClubSewer DistrictProfessional Services PublicationsDoctor(s) NewspapersDentist MagazinesAccountant NewslettersLawyer Professional JournalsBroker Insurance AgencyGovernment OfficesDepartment of Motor VehiclesSocial Security AdministrationState/Federal Tax BureausCity/County Tax AssessorVeterans AdministrationMiscellaneous:Reduce the amount of clutter you have by holding a garage sale or selling some stuff online. Hand out unwanted clothes or furniture and appliances to charitable organizations. Be sure to get a receit from them detailing the approximate value so you can deduct it from your taxes. Start using supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.2-3 Weeks Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Alert your agent if if there's been a change in the original list from your planned move or if you need to adjust the timetable. give your agent the destination address and phone numbers where they can call you if needed.Confirm any side trips needed to grab or deliver goods to another destination other than the primary pickup or delivery points.If you're having your car transported for you, arrange to drive it to a fitting 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. Be sure to get your family travel plans in order. 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 discard flammables like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Drain gas from your power mower and other machinery. Throw away partially used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those kept in containers that might leak. Be sure you 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 washer, dryer, fridge, and other major appliances for transportation — or have your agent send someone out who is sanctioned to carry out this task.Determine and set the best date for having utilities disconnected. If you can, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.Have rugs and draperies professionally cleaned. Leave both wrapped when you get them back. Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. During your cleaning process, refrian from waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products could soften the wood, making it vulnerable to accidental imprints from furniture pads.Clean your upholstered furniture after you get to your new home since moisture could bring about mold if furniture needs to be put in storageOne to Two Weeks Before Moving DayPets and PlantsDecide what to do with house plants. A-1 Freeman Moving Group 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.Alternatives:Give plants to friends or relatives.Gift plants to a hospital or other institution. Find a new owner by putting them up for sale at a garage sale.Some states allow the entrance of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Make an appointment for your pets with the vet. Numerous states call for health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are firmly hooked to your pet's collar.Establish transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air.Other Important Details:Assemble all your things 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 whatever you borrowed from friends or neighbors, and retrieve things you may have loaned.Day Prior to Moving DayWorking With the PackersCall out to the packers all especially-fragile items desiring specific attention. Mark appropriately any possessions you don't want packed or moved, as well as boxes you need first when the van makes it to your destination.If you're packing up your house on your own, be positive your things are prepared to go before moving day. When they get to your place, the van operator will take a look at your boxes to ensure they have been suitably packed. Gather stuff you definitely want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in separate categories.Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours prior to your move, omitting plasma TVs, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This incorporates home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.Last Minute Details:Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for anything you might have missed.Be on the scene when the service representative arrives to prep 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."Moving DayWorking With the Mover:It is your obligation to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is done. After making one last tour of the house, check and sign the inventory. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it.Agree to 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 finish and sign the stated valuation statement.Complete and sign the High-Value Inventory form, whether or not possessions of extraordinary value are included in the shipment. You also need to sign and date the "Extraordinary (Unusual) Value Article Declaration" box on the Bill of Lading, if pertinent to your shipment.Ensure that the van operator has the correct destination address. Make sure to let the van operator know how you can be contacted, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your household goods.Last-Minute Details:Leave your phone connected throughout moving day. After the van leaves and you finish last-minute calls, be sure to pack the phone in one of your suitcases.Take a Last Look Around:Water shut off?Furnace and air conditioner shut off?Light switches turned off?All utilities arranged for disconnection?Windows shut and locked?Old house keys surrendered?Have you left anything?Delivery DayWorking With the Mover:Be on hand to accept delivery. If you aren't going to be able to make it, be sure you authorize an adult to be your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.On the day of delivery, the van operator will make an effort to contact you by phone and/or will show up at the destination if they are unable to reach you. If you are unable to accept delivery of your shipment within the free waiting time (i.e., two hours) after notification of arrival at destination, you may ask for waiting time until delivery can be made.Review your household goods as they are removed from the truck. If there's damage of the property that wasn't noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note variations on the van operator's copy of the inventory sheet. By signing the inventory sheet, you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed. Personally report any loss or damage to your salesperson or move coordinator.When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including the laying of rugs and setting up any beds disassembled at origin. However, mattresses will not be unpacked, and appliances and/or fixtures will NOT be installed. At your request and at an additional charge, your salesperson or move coordinator can arrange for this service. The mover is not obligated to rearrange your furniture.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.Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place. You will need them for verification of moving expenses when you file your federal income tax returns. To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.One Week After MoveSettling In:Visit your new post office for any mail being held and ask for delivery to start.Check state (and local) requirements for auto registration and a driver's license.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.Now that you know everything that you should be aware of during the moving process, let us provide you with the assistance you need. Get a quote today, and we’ll get you started on the path to a professional move with as few problems as conceivable. 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