Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a frenetic occasion for everyone. Still, with a touch of help and direction from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it can be as easy as pie. We’ve prepared a complete blueprint that will help you manage your move and make it go as smoothly as possible. 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!6-8 Weeks Prior to Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Call your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Set a day for the agent to inspect your home and prepare 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 take on.Will you be packing up all your items -- 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 is going to be moved. Any extra items that are added later to the shipment will raise the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after youyou have a firm knowledge of 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:Notify 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, relatives, 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. Hand out undesired clothes or furniture and appliances to local charities. Be sure to get a receit from them detailing the approximate value so you can deduct it from your taxes. Begin using supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other things you don't want to move. Only buy things that you know will be used up before you move.2-3 Weeks Prior to Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Inform your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to supply your agent with destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached.Confirm any detours necessary to pick up or deliver goods to someplace other than the primary pickup or delivery points.If your car is being moved, arrange to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.Preparing the Family:Stop by places that everyone enjoyed as a goodbye tour of sorts. Arrange for a going-away party for your kids 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 like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Siphon off 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.Dispose of propane tanks that you use with barbecue grills.Arrange a meeting with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment — or have your agent send someone out who is sanctioned to complete this task.Arrange a time for having utilities disconnected. If possible, arrange to keep utilities in service through moving day.Have a professional clean your rugs and draperies. Leave them in the packaging when they are returned. Procure a written appraisal of antique items to certify value. While cleaning, stay away from waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) ahead of moving since some products might 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 can cause mold if furniture is required to be placed 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:Leave your plants with family, friends, or neightbors and find new ones at your new location.Donate plants to a hospital or other business. Include plants in a garage sale.A few states allow the admittance of all house plants; others permit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Make an appointment for your pets with the vet. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are solidly hooked to your pet's collar.Arrange for transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air.Other Important Details:Gather all items 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 retrieve things you may have loaned.Day Before Moving DayWorking With the PackersCall out to the packers all notably-fragile items desiring special attention. Check appropriately any items you don't want packed or moved, as well as boxes you need first when the van gets to the destination.If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Upon arrival, the van operator will take a look at your boxes to ensure they have been suitably packed. Gather possessions you absolutely want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in different categories.Disconnect all electronic appliances 24 hours before you 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 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 obligation to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is done. After finishing 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 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 applicable 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 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 attempt to reach you by phone and/or will appear at the residence 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 removed from the truck. 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:Stop in to your new post office to pick up any mail being held and arrange 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 your fully up to speed on the moving process, let us provide you with the assistance 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. Allow us to help you with the heavy lifting.