Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a frenetic time for everyone. Still, with a little assistance and guidance from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it doesn’t have to be. We’ve formulated an exhaustive plan of attack that will guide you to manage your move and make it a walk in the park. It might be a little shocking to find out that you should start the moving process two months before you’re actually ready to go!6-8 Weeks Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Call up your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Determine a time for the agent to inspect your residence and form a quote.If your business is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to figure out the services the mover will be allowed to perform.Are you going to pack your things -- or will you have it done by our experienced packers? Your agent will cover all of our packing services with you.Show the agent all of the stuff that will be moved. Any extra items that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you've already received a binding estimate.Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you've read and understand each section. If you have any questions, ask your agent to explain.Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator close by.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 list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be informed of your move. Below we've prepared a list of common entities that you will probably need to contact.: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 away unwanted clothes or furniture and appliances to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions. Start using supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Plan your shopping so that you end up getting only what you'll use up before you move.2-3 Weeks Prior to Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Disclose to your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if your schedule has been bumped up or pushed back. Make sure that your agent has your destination address and phone numbers where they can call you if needed.Confirm any extra stops needed to pick up or deliver items to somewhere seperate from the primary pickup or delivery points.If you need your car moved for you, be prepared to drive it to an acceptable 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:Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories. Hold a going-away part for your kids so they can get all of their friends together one last time.Don't forget to make some time 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 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 get rid of flammables such as 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 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 a meeting with a service technician to prepare your washer, dryer, fridge, and other major appliances for transit — or have your agent send someone out who is sanctioned to complete this task.Arrange a time for having utilities disconnected. If you can, arrange to keep utilities in service through moving day.Have a professional clean your rugs and draperies. Leave them in the packaging when you get them back. Procure a written evaluation of antique items to prove worth. While cleaning, stay away from waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) prior to moving since a few products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.Clean your upholstered furniture after you get to your new home since 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 transport 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.Give away your plants to a hospital or other organization. Find a new owner by putting them up for sale at a garage sale.A handful of states allow the admission of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Make an appointment for your pets with the vet. Most states necessitate health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are soundly connected to your pet's collar.Make plans for the transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air.Other Important Details:Gather all of your possessios 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 DayWorking With the PackersPoint out to the packers all extra-fragile items calling for specific attention. Mark accordingly any items you don't want packed or moved, as well as cartons you need first when the van makes it to your destination.If you are doing your own packing, be positive your things are prepared to go before moving day. When they get to your place, the van operator will inspect your boxes to make sure they have been suitably packed. Gather items you absolutely want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in separate groups.Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours prior to your move, except plasma televisions, in order to make sure they're cooled off on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.Last Minute Details:Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.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 obligation to see that all of your goods are loaded, so stay on the premises until loading is done. After finishing a final walkthrough 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 declared 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 suitable to your shipment.Make sure the van operator has the exact destination address. Make sure to let the van operator know how you can be reached, 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:Make sure that you're present when the delivery crew arrive. If you cannot be there personally, 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 drop off if they are unable to contact 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.Inspect your household goods as they are taken off 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 conflicts 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:Check with your new post office to collect 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 help you need. Get a quote today, and we’ll get you started on the path to a smooth, easy move with as little problems as attainable. 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