Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a frenetic time for everybody. But, with a touch of assistance and advice from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it can be as easy as pie. We’ve drawn up a complete master plan that will guide you to manage your move and make it 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 Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Call up your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Set an appointment for the agent to visually survey your home and prepare a quote.If your company is paying for your move, take a look at their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to carry out.Are you going to pack your things -- or would you like to let our packers handle it? Your agent will be happy to discuss packing services with you.Show the agent the entirety that is going to be moved. Any items that are added later to the shipment will raise the price, even if you have been given a binding estimate.Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you've read and understand each section. If you run into any questions on them, please ask your agent.Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator close by.Four to Six Weeks Prior to Moving DayPlaces to Notify:Notify the post office that you are moving. You can easily get a Change of Address form from the United States Postal Service Web site. Produce a checklist of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be briefed 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:Have a "garage sale" or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items. Hand out unwanted clothing or other items to local charities. Get a receipt from the charity so you can inquire about getting a tax write off next year. Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other perishable goods. Only buy things that you know will be used up before you move.2-3 Weeks Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Tell 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. give your agent the destination address and phone numbers where they can call you if needed.Establish any extra stops necessary to get or deliver goods to a location different than the starting pickup or delivery points.If you need your car moved for you, plan to drive it to an acceptable 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. 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. Keep it simple. Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as required.If you're going to be driving to your new home, be sure that your car has a quick trip to the mechanic for a thorough tune-up.Preparing Household Items:Federal law requires that you throw away 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. Throw away partly 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. Make sure you're up-to-date on the complete list of non-allowables.Dispose of propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for transportation — or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this service.Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.Have a professional clean your rugs and draperies. Leave both wrapped when you get them back. Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to validate value. While cleaning, stay away from waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving for the reason that some products could soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.Clean your upholstered furniture after you get to your new home since moisture may cause mold if furniture must 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 the temperature changes and lack of water on longer trips can irreversibly damage them.Alternatives:Give plants to friends or relatives.Gift plants to a hospital or other institution. Sell your plants with your other items at a garage sale.A handful of states allow the entrance of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Make an appointment for your pets with the vet. Numerous states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are soundly attached to your pet's collar.Set up transportation of pets. Secure them in the car or send via air.Other Important Details:Gather all of your possessions 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 Prior to Moving DayWorking With the PackersShow the packers all notably-fragile items desiring 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 new home.If you're packing up your house on your own, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. When they arrive, the van operator will take a look at your boxes to ensure they have been correctly packed. Gather stuff you expressly want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in separate categories.Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours prior to your move, other than 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 anything you might have missed.Be available when the service representative arrives to prep 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 remain on the premises until loading is finished. After concluding one last tour of the house, check and sign the inventory. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it.Authorize 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 stated 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 applicable to your shipment.Make sure the van operator has the exact 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:Make sure that you're present when the delivery crew arrive. If you are going to miss the delivery time, 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 try to reach you by phone and/or will show up at the destination if they can't 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 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 inconsistencies 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 to pick up 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 aid you require. Get a quote today, and we’ll get you started on the path to a smooth, easy move with as little problems as imaginable. 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