Things You Should Know about Moving
- In Search of a New Residence
Subscribe to the area's local newspaper in advance of your move.
It usually contains a large real estate section, which can be
very helpful in giving you some idea of the type of housing
available in the new city, as well as other useful information.
Arrange for a house-hunting trip to your new city. When looking
for a new home, take along a tape measure and a list of the exact
dimensions of each of your major appliances and other large
pieces of furniture. Measure the areas provided for them to be
sure your appliances and furniture will fit. Establish credit in
the new city. Ask your banker for a referral to a correspondent
bank and to act as a credit reference. Preplanning Your Move Plan
the move as early as possible. If you are able to move at any
time of the year, don't wait until summer, the peak-moving
season. Consider also that the first and last few days of the
month are extra busy. If you plan to sell your house, get it on
the market as soon as possible. If renting, give your landlord
timely notice of your moving date. Keep a record of all expenses
related to the move, some of which may be tax deductible. Fill
out the Personal Household Inventory for each room. This is
important for establishing the amount of declared valuation for
the shipment and as a permanent inventory for insurance purposes.
List, as nearly as possible, the year of purchase and original
cost of each item. Attach any invoices or records of purchase to
the completed inventory. Prepare a separate high-value inventory
if the shipment will contain articles of "extraordinary" value.
The following list includes items that might fall into this
* Art Collections
* China Collections
* Computer Equipment
* Oriental Rugs
* Stones Or Gems
* TVs Or Stereos
- Estimate of Moving Costs
Unless you have been given a binding estimate where a firm cost
is established in advance, the exact cost of a move cannot be
determined until after the shipment has been loaded on the van
and weighed. The weight on which charges are based is calculated
by weighing the van before and after loading. The total cost of
the move will include ransportation charges, any charges for
declared valuation, plus charges for any extra services performed
at your request. All of these charges are based on tariff rate
- Owner's Responsibility
It is the owner's responsibility to see that your mechanical,
electrical equipment and appliances are properly serviced for
shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van. For safe moving,
have these items prepared by a licensed or properly trained
technician. This service may be performed by a technician of your
choice or by qualified personnel of the moving company. If the
owner has failed to have an item serviced, the van operator may
load and haul it, but will mark the inventory sheet, "Not
Serviced-Loaded at Owner's Risk."
***Six to Eight Weeks before Moving Day ***
- Working with the Mover
* Have the moving company conduct a household goods survey in
order to furnish you with a written estimate, although the final
cost will depend on the actual weight of your household goods
after they are loaded on the van.
* Before the removal list arrives, inspect the property. Include
the garage, patio and any storage shed. Decide what to move and
what to discard. Remember the cost of moving an item may be
greater than the cost of replacing it.
* Decide whether you want to do any of the packing or have it
done by the moving company's experienced personnel. Show on the
removal list everything that is to be moved. Specify articles
that are to be packed so the estimate will include these
charges. Any items that are later added to the shipment will add
to the cost estimate.
- Transfer of Personal Records
* Arrange for closing or transfer of charge accounts.
* Check personal insurance policies to see whether moving is
covered. Transfer fire, theft and other personal property
insurance to ensure coverage at the new home.
* Obtain transcripts of the children's school records and
credentials from school authorities or secure transcripts of
school records if you prefer to take them along.
* Gather medical and dental records including vaccination data,
medical prescriptions, dates of last examinations, history of
past illnesses and so on.
* Ask your doctor and dentist to recommend colleagues in the new
city. Be sure to check current telephone numbers and addresses of
physicians, dentist and hospital, which will help when
transferring your records.
* Obtain letters of introduction from your church, organization,
club, and business associations.
* Transfer, sell or resign memberships in clubs or associations.
Report your move to any lending agency with which you do
business. A lender's permission may be required to move personal
property in which the lender has an interest.
***Four to Six Weeks before Moving Day***
- Planning Your Packing
If you plan to do the packing yourself, start collecting suitable
containers. You can purchase specialized containers from most
moving companies, such as:
* Small cartons for heavy items (books, record albums, and
* Wardrobe containers
* Large cartons for bulky items (pillows, blankets, and stuffed
* Medium-sized cartons for bulkier but not so heavy items
and small appliances)
- Collect other packing materials
* White paper
* Tissue paper
* Paper towels
* Non-printed paper
* Tape or Strong twine for sealing containers
* Scissors or Sharp knife (keep out of children's reach)
* Felt marker to mark containers
* Notebook & Pencil for listing contents
* Labels or Stickers (Available from moving company)
Set goals and deadlines to ensure that all packing is complete by
your moving day. You may want to pack one room per week. Attach a
list of contents to each carton. Separate and mark goods that
will go into storage. Consider having a garage sale to dispose of
unwanted items. If you donate clothing or household goods to
charitable organizations, get receipts showing their approximate
value for tax deductions. Remember that the cost of moving an
item may be greater than replacing it. Begin to use up large
supplies of canned goods and frozen foods.
- Places To Notify of Impending Address Change Utilities.
* Heating Fuel
* Trash removal
* Professional Services
* Real estate Agent
* Stock Broker
* Insurance Agents
* Established Business Accounts
* Motor Vehicle Department
* Finance companies
* Department stores
* Government and Public Offices
* Social Security Administration
* Federal and state income tax offices
* Credit Card Companies
* Bank cards
* Oil companies
* Relatives and friends
* Business associates
* Book and record clubs
* Schools and colleges
* Landlord, if you are a tenant / Tenants, if you are a landlord.
***Two to Three Weeks before Moving Day***
Let the post office know your moving date and new address. If you
do not have a permanent address by the time you move, the post
office will hold your mail and forward it upon written
instructions from you. Phone the local business office of the
Telephone Company. They can make arrangements for service in your
new home and, on request, give out your new number when your
present number is called.
Contact all service companies as listed:
* Cable TV
If possible, arrange to have utilities connected before your
arrival. Make family travel plans. Reserve air or rail
transportation and hotel accommodations as needed. Have your car
prepared for the trip-tires, brakes, lubrication, oil change, and
tune-up-as needed. Dispose of flammables such as fireworks,
cleaning fluids, matches, acids, pressure cans or paint thinner.
Drain oil and fuel from your power mower and other machinery.
Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, syrup or any other
substance that may leak. Carefully tape-seal and place in
individual waterproof bags any jars of liquids or semi-liquids
you do not wish to discard. Have rugs cleaned that are to be
moved. Leave them rolled and wrapped when they are returned from
the cleaners. If draperies are to be moved, have them cleaned and
ready for alterations that might be needed in your new home.
Collect items that are being cleaned stored or repaired
(clothing, shoes, watches). Empty your locker at any club you are
a member of. Return library books and anything borrowed from
friends or neighbors. Also collect things you may have loaned.
Decide what to do with your houseplants.
Set a date with a reliable service person to prepare your
appliances for shipment, preferably the day before the move.
Depending on the appliance, post service may be needed for
refrigerator, freezer, range, washer, dryer and others. For more
information, request a free booklet, generally provided by most
moving companies. Pianos and organs need to be prepared for
moving by a specialized technician. Make arrangements to have
utilities disconnected on moving day:
* Cable TV
Plan to keep your telephone in service through moving day in case
last minute calls are necessary. Take pets to the veterinarian.
Make sure identification tags are securely attached to the pet's
***Three Days before Moving Day***
- Instant Aid Box
Pack a box for instant needs on arrival. Mark the box "To be
loaded last and Unloaded first." Package each group of items
separately in labeled paper bags. Here are some suggestions.
* Powdered detergent
* Paper towels
* Dish towels
* Dish cloth
* Kitchen cleanser
* Window cleaner
* Scouring pads
* Paper plates, cups and napkins
* Plastic knives, forks and spoons
* Small saucepan
* Serving spoons
* Aluminum foil
* Easy-to-open cans of pudding
* Dry soup mix
* Sandwich spreads
* Jars of cheese
* Package of crackers
* Boxes of dry cereals
* Instant coffee, tea, chocolate
* Instant creamer, sugar, salt
* Towels and face cloths
* Toilet tissue
* Facial tissue
* Soap, hand lotion, deodorant
* Toothbrushes and toothpaste
* Reading materials
Last-Minute Packing -
* Cellular telephone
* Light bulbs
* Hammer, screwdriver, pliers, assorted nails and screws
* Shelf paper
* Trash bags and ties
* Coloring books and crayons
* A favorite toy or two
- Complete a "Take-with-Me Inventory" checklist.
Check contents of drawers. Remove all things that can spill or
break. Soft goods such as blankets, pillows, blouses, shirts and
lingerie may be left in drawers. Pin clothing to hangers if it is
to be moved in wardrobe cartons to keep it from slipping off.
Remove items left in the attic or other storage areas. Empty the
refrigerator and freezer so they can dry at least 24 hours before
moving. Be careful not to overlook the defrost water pan. Failure
to have the appliances completely dry can lead to mildew and
unpleasant odor. Be sure the water is emptied from your steam
iron. Launder all soiled clothing prior to the day the appliance
service technician is expected. Take the telephone directory with
you for contacting former doctors, dentists, suppliers, etc., and
for preparing holiday card lists. Pack suitcases for the trip to
the new home. Put in extra clothing for emergencies. Consider
packing a picnic lunch to eat while traveling. Take along snacks
such as fruit and cookies for the children. Include towels for a
quick cleanup. Arrange for a baby-sitter for moving day, or have
older children look after the younger ones.
- Loading Your Belongings
* Be on hand when the movers arrive. Otherwise, it is important
to let the moving company know to whom you have given authority
to take your place. Be sure this person knows exactly what to
do. Remember the person may be asked to sign documents
obligating you to charges.
* Accompany the van operator through the house inspecting and
tagging each piece of furniture with an identifying number.
These numbers, along with a description of your goods and their
condition at the time of loading, will appear on the inventory.
* Be sure the condition of each item is recorded and the van
operator has a clear understanding about what is to be loaded
last. It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are
loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is completed.
After making a final tour of the house to be sure no items have
been overlooked, check and sign the inventory. Get your copy and
keep it in a safe place.
* Check to see the van operator has the exact destination
address. Be specific as to where and how you can be reached
pending the arrival of your household goods.
* Leave the phone connected throughout the moving day. Leave a
note listing your new address in a conspicuous place in the house
so the new occupants will be able to forward any of your mail
inadvertently delivered to them.
**Take a last look around**
* Water shut off?
* Gas shut off?
* Air-conditioning shut off?
* Light switches turned off?
* All utilities arranged for disconnection?
* Windows shut and locked?
* Have you left anything?
* Lock the house and leave the keys with a responsible person or
in a prearranged location.
- At Your Destination
* Contact the destination Moving Company, whose name appears on
the forms signed, as soon as possible and indicate where and how
you can be reached.
* Make sure the house is ready for occupancy before the van
arrives. If you have not already done so, contact the utility
companies and make necessary arrangements for service. Ask if any
of them provides free appliance connection service.
* Be on hand to accept delivery of your household goods.
Otherwise authorize an adult as your representative to accept
delivery and pay the charges for you. Inform the Moving Company
of the person so authorized. On the day of delivery, the van
operator will attempt to contact you by phone and make an
appearance at the residence if unable to reach you. If no one
appears to accept the shipment within the free waiting time, the
goods will be placed in storage at the owner's expense.
* Check your household goods, as they are unloaded. If there is a
change in the condition of the property from that noted on the
inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing,
note any damage and/or missing items 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 the moving company agent at destination
immediately. (You must file the claim yourself; the van operator
cannot do it for you.)
* To save time and confusion, place a floor plan of your new home
at the entrance the movers will use, indicating where each piece
of furniture should go.
* Then unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you
direct, including the lying of rugs and setting up of bed frames,
box springs and mattresses. However, appliances and fixtures may
not be installed. At your request and additional cost, the agent
may arrange for this service and for refilling of waterbed
* To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic
equipment and certain major appliances should not be used for 24
hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room
temperature. If you have paid for unpacking, you are entitled to
unpacking service and removal of the cartons.
- Getting Settled
* Make arrangements for reinstallation of appliances.
* Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place. You
will need them for verification of moving expenses and for filing
your income tax returns. For more information on tax-deductible
moving expenses, consult an Accountant or Tax specialist.
* Check with the post office for any mail being held and ask for
delivery to start.
* Have your medical and dental records transferred after
selecting a family physician and dentist.
* You may want to select a Lawyer discuss laws pertaining 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 and the like. Most
laws affect a family as soon as residence in the new state and
city is established. Register to vote.
* Locate the selected schools. Take the children, introduce
yourself and register them.
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