Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a frenetic time for everybody. However, with a touch of help and advice from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it can be incredibly easy. We’ve formulated a sweeping plan of attack that will help you make your move go as smoothly as possible. 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!Six to Eight Weeks Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Phone your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Set a date for the agent to visually survey your residence and form an estimate.If your business is covering your move, refer to their moving policy to discover the services the mover will be allowed to perform.Will you be packing up all your items -- or will you have it done by our experienced packers? Your agent will be happy to discuss packing services with you.Show the agent the whole inventory that is going to be moved. Any items that are added later to the shipment will add to 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. If you have any questions, ask your agent to explain.Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator nearby.4-6 Weeks Before Moving DayPlaces to Notify:Alert 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 checklist of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be briefed 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Security AdministrationState/Federal Tax BureausCity/County Tax AssessorVeterans AdministrationMiscellaneous:Don't move outdated possessions. Sell them at a garage sale or at an online auction site. Hand out undesired clothing or furniture and appliances to charitable organizations. Be sure to get a receit from them detailing the approximate value so you can deduct it from your taxes. Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other cleaning items. Only buy things that you know will be used up before you move.Two to Three Weeks Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Inform 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.Establish any extra stops required to pick up or drop off items to someplace different than the main pickup or delivery points.If your car is being moved, arrange 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:Stop by places that everyone enjoyed as a goodbye tour of sorts. Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.Don't forget to make plans 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. Arrange for travel plans for the family. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.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 gas from your power mower and other machinery. Dispose 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 that you use with barbecue grills.Make a meeting with a service technician to ready your washer, dryer, fridge, and other major appliances for transportation — or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this service.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 from the cleaners. Procure a written assessment of antique items to validate worth. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) ahead of moving for the reason that a few products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture might produce mold if furniture needs to be placed in storageOne to Two Weeks Before Moving DayPets and PlantsDetermine what to do with house plants. A-1 Freeman Moving Group cannot safely move your plants because of the various environmental factors in the van.Alternatives:Leave your plants with family, friends, or neightbors and find new ones at your new location.Give away your plants to a hospital or other institution. Sell your plants with your other items at a garage sale.A few states allow the admission of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Take pets to the veterinarian. Numerous states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely adhered to your pet's collar.Arrange for transportation of pets. Secure 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 stuff you might have borrowed from friends or neighbors, and retrieve things you may have loaned.Day Prior to Moving DayWorking With the PackersShow the packers any extra-breakable items desiring specific attention. Check appropriately any possessions you don't want packed or moved, as well as boxes you need first when the van gets to the destination.If you're packing up your house on your own, make sure your things are ready to go before moving day. When they get to your place, the van operator will inspect your boxes to make sure they have been correctly packed. Assemble possessions you expressly want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in different groups.Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, excluding plasma TVs, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This incorporates home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.Last Minute Details:Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any items that didn't get packed.Be on the scene when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment. It is your responsibility to see that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly 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 wait on the premises until loading is finished. After wrapping up a final tour of the house, check and sign the inventory. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it.Approve 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 declared 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.Make sure the van operator has the correct destination address. Be 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: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 reach you by phone and/or will show up at the drop off if they aren't able 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.Review your household goods as they are removed from the truck. 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 discrepancies 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 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 for 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 need. Get a quote today, and we’ll get you started on the path to a smooth, easy move with as little problems as conceivable. Don't do all the heavy lifting yourself. 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