Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Web site.
Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. The following checklist will be helpful:
Start getting rid of unwanted items. Some useful ways are garage sales and online auctions. Also you can donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. It is good to obtain receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions.
Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.
Notify 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 extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points.
If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable 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.
Get together with local friends. A farewell party that includes the children’s friends is a nice way to for everyone to say goodbye.
If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)
Preparing Household Items:
Dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer, as required by Federal Law. Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard 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.
Read the complete list of non-allowables. If you are unsure please contact us for more information.
Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment — 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.
Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
Show the packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention. Mark appropriately any items you do not want packed or moved, as well as cartons you will want first when the van arrives at destination.
If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Upon arrival, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.
Try to collect things you definitely want packed together, and place in separate groups.
Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day.
Last Minute Details:
Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.
Be on hand 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.
It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is complete.
After making 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.
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.
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.
Decide what to do with pets and house plants when moving.
Plants should not be placed with the movable items. They may suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van. We recommend that you chose other alternatives such as giving them to friends or donating them to a hospital or organization
Pets should be taken to the veterinarian prior to the move. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely attached to your pet's collar.
Arrange for transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air. Consider boarding pets either at destination or at a kennel near your present home until you are settled in the new city.