Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a crazy occasion for everyone. However, with some support and advice from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it can be incredibly easy. We’ve developed a complete blueprint that will help you manage your move and make it a walk in the park. After looking at our guide, you might even be taken aback by the fact that you should actually start managing your move as much as two whole months before you actually move!Six to Eight Weeks Prior to Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Get ahold of your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Set an appointment for the agent to look over your residence and form an estimate.If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to establish the services the mover will be authorized to perform.Do you want to do any of the packing -- or would you like to let our packers handle it? Your agent will cover all of our packing services with you.Show the agent the whole inventory that will be moved. Any extra items that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding of each section. Your agent will answer any questions you have.Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator close by.Four to Six Weeks Prior to Moving DayPlaces to Notify:Apprise the post office that you are moving. This can be done easily by using a Change of Address form found on the United States Postal Service Web site. Create a list of friends, family, business firms and others who should be alerted of your move. The list below should be useful: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:Have a "garage sale" or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items. Give unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions. Begin using supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other perishable goods. Buy only what will be used before moving.2-3 Weeks Prior to Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Inform your agent if there are additions or subtractions from your planned move or if you need to adjust the timetable. Make sure that your agent has your destination address and phone numbers where they can get ahold of you.Establish any side trips necessary to pick up or deliver goods to a location seperate from the main pickup or delivery points.If you need your car moved for you, prepare to drive it to a fitting loading area. Make sure that you have a plan in place to pick up your car when you arrive at your destination.Preparing the Family:Make plans to visit old haunts one last time as a sort of farewell trip. 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. It doesn't need to be a big event. It just needs to be a going-away party for your friends and neighbors. Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as required.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. Siphon off 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 that you use with barbecue grills.Make a meeting with a service technician to ready your washer, dryer, fridge, and other major appliances for transit — or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to complete this task.Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If you can manage it, try to keep utilities in service through moving day.Have a professional clean your rugs and draperies. Leave both wrapped when you get them back from the cleaners. Obtain a written assessment of antique items to establish value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) prior to moving on account of some products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to accidental imprints from furniture pads.Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must 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:Leave your plants with family, friends, or neightbors and find new ones at your new location.Gift plants to a hospital or other institution. Find a new owner by putting them up for sale at a garage sale.Some states permit the admission of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Be sure to have your pets checked out by the vet. Almost all of the states demand health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are solidly adhered to your pet's collar.Arrange for transportation of pets. Bring them with you in the car or send via air.Other Important Details:Gather all your things that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.). Be sure to get all your stuff from your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.Return library books and whatever you borrowed from friends or neighbors, and get back things you may have loaned.Day Prior to Moving DayWorking With the PackersIdentify to the packers any notably-delicate items desiring specific attention. Check appropriately any things you don't want packed or moved, as well as boxes you need first when the van makes it to your new home.If you're boxing everything up yourself, make sure your things are ready to go before moving day. When they get to your place, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been correctly packed. Collect items you definitely want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in separate categories.Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions, in order to make sure they're cooled off on moving day. This encompasses 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 gets to your place to prepare your appliances for shipment. It is your obligation to see that all mechanical and electrical equipment is correctly 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 responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so wait on the premises until loading is done. After wrapping up one last walkthrough of the house, check and sign the inventory. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it.Authorize 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 stated valuation statement.Complete and sign the High-Value Inventory form, whether or not items 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 relevant to your shipment.Ensure that the van operator has the exact destination address. Be sure to let the van operator know how they can get ahold of you, 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 appear at the drop off if they are unable to get ahold of 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 request waiting time until delivery can be made.Check your household goods as they are unloaded. If you notice any damage of the property from that noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note inconsistencies on the van operator's copy of the inventory sheet. By signing the inventory sheet, you are recognizing 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 to pick up 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 aid you require. Get a quote today, and we’ll get you started on the path to a smooth, easy move with as little problems as imaginable. 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