Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a crazy time for everyone. Still, with some assistance and advice from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it doesn’t have to be. We’ve arranged a complete plan of attack that you can follow to manage your move and make it a walk in the park. 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:Phone your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Set an appointment for the agent to visually survey your residence and formulate a quote.If your company is picking up the tab for your move, refer to their moving policy to find out the services the mover will be authorized to carry out.Will you be packing up all your items -- or would you rather leave it up to our experienced packers? Your agent will go over all our packing services with you.Show the agent the entirety that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the price tag, even if you've already received 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:Inform 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. Prepare a list of friends, family, business firms and others who should be notified 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:Have a "garage sale" or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items. Hand out undesired clothes or other items to charitable organizations. Be sure to get a receipt from them detailing the approximate value so you can deduct it from your taxes. Begin using supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other cleaning items. Only buy things that you know will be used up before you move.2-3 Weeks Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Notify your agent if if there's been a change in the original list from your planned move or if your schedule has been bumped up or pushed back. Be sure to supply your agent with destination address and phone numbers where they can call you if needed.Establish any side trips necessary to obtain or drop off goods to another destination different than the main pickup or delivery points.If your car is being moved, prepare 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.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. 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 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. Dispose of 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. Please read the complete list of non-allowables.Throw away propane tanks that you use with barbecue grills.Make an appointment with a service technician to ready your major appliances for shipping — or have your agent send someone out who is sanctioned to complete this task.Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If you can manage it, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.Have a professional clean your rugs and draperies. Leave both wrapped when they are returned. Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to establish worth. During your cleaning process, refrain from waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) ahead of moving for the reason that 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 PlantsDetermine 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:Let your friends, relatives, or neighbors adopt your plants.Give away your plants to a hospital or other business. Sell your plants with your other items at a garage sale.Some states allow the admission 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 need health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely adhered to your pet's collar.Establish transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air.Other Important Details:Collect all of your possessions 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 anything borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.Day Before Moving DayWorking With the PackersIdentify to the packers all notably-fragile items needing special attention. Check accordingly any items you don't want packed or moved, as well as cartons you need first when the van arrives at new home.If you're boxing everything up yourself, be positive everything is prepared to go before moving day. When they arrive, the van operator will inspect your boxes to make sure they have been suitably packed. Assemble items you absolutely 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 TVs, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes 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 hand 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 obligation to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is complete. After concluding one last walk-through 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 pertinent to your shipment.Make sure the van operator has the exact destination address. Be sure to let the van operator know how they can get a hold of you, 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 cannot be there personally, 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 make an effort to reach you by phone and/or will appear at the residence if they are unable to reach 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 unloaded. If there's damage of the property that wasn't noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note variations 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 for 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 aid you need. 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.