Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a chaotic time for everyone. However, with some help and guidance from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it can be incredibly easy. We’ve drawn up an all-inclusive plan of attack that will help you make your move simple. It may surprise you to find out that the entire moving process should start as early as two whole months before you’re ready to move!Six to Eight Weeks Prior to Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Phone your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Determine a time for the agent to take a look at your residence and formulate an estimate.If your business is covering your move, take a look at their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be allowed to take on.Are you going to pack your things -- or will you have it done by our experienced packers? Your agent will go over all our packing services with you.Show the agent all of the stuff that needs to be moved. Any extra items that are added later to the shipment will add to the price, even if you have been given a binding estimate.Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after youyou have a firm knowledge of each section. If you have any questions, ask your agent to explain.Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator handy.Four to Six Weeks Prior to Moving DayPlaces to Notify:Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Web site. Form a catalogue of friends, family, business firms and others who should be notified 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. Give away unwanted clothes or furniture and appliances to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions. Begin 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 if there's been a change in the original list from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Make sure that your agent has your destination address and phone numbers where they can call you if needed.Confirm any side trips required to get or deliver items to another destination seperate from the base pickup or delivery points.If your car is being moved, prepare to drive it to an acceptable 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. Arrange for a going-away party for your kids and their friends.Don't forget to make some time for yourself...an open house or an informal dinner or barbecue. Keep it simple. Arrange for travel plans for the family. 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 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. Get rid of 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.Get rid of propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.Make a meeting with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for transportation — or have your agent send someone out who is sanctioned to complete this service.Determine and set the best date for having utilities disconnected. If you can manage it, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.Take your rugs and draperies to the cleaners. Leave them in the packaging when they are returned. Procure a written appraisal of antique items to validate worth. During your cleaning process, refrian from waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) prior to moving on account of 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 might cause mold if furniture is required to be placed in storageOne to Two Weeks Before Moving DayPets and PlantsFigure out 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:Let your friends, relatives, or neighbors adopt your plants.Give away your plants to a hospital or other business. Include plants in a garage sale.A few states allow the entrance of all house plants; others permit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Be sure to have your pets checked out by the vet. Numerous states necessitate health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are firmly attached to your pet's collar.Make plans for the transportation of pets. Bring them with you 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.). Retrieve all the items from your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.Return library books and whatever you borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.Day Before Moving DayWorking With the PackersShow the packers all particularly-breakable items calling for special attention. Check accordingly any possessions you don't want packed or moved, as well as containers you need first when the van makes it to your destination.If you're packing up your house on your own, be positive everything is prepared to go before moving day. Once they get to your place, the van operator will inspect your boxes to make sure they have been properly packed. Assemble possessions you positively want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in different categories.Disconnect all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, excluding plasma televisions, in order to make sure they're cooled off on moving day. This incorporates 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 arrives to ready 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 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 complete and sign the asserted 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 relevant 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:Make sure that you're present when the delivery crew arrive. If you are going to miss the delivery time, be sure you find an adult who can be your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.On the day of delivery, the van operator will try to reach you by phone and/or will show up at the destination 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.Examine your household goods as they are unloaded. If there is a change in the condition 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:Visit 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've gained an expert level of knowledge on 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 few problems as conceivable. 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