Do you like to get a head start on things or need some moving assistance? Read through this section and get some great moving tips from the pros at All American Moving and Storage. Moving can get hectic, but following some small but effective moving tips will reduce the stress for a smooth transition to your new destination.
8 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE
Begin an inventory of all household goods.
Seek estimates from several moving companies.
Contact your insurance agent and ask them about your homeowners or rental
policy to determine whether your possessions are covered when moving.
Establish a file for all moving papers and receipts.
Arrange to transfer child(ren)’s school records.
Choose a mover.
6 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Start searching for good healthcare professionals in your new location.
Complete a change of address form at your local post office.
Send your new address to anyone that might need it – insurance agents, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives, etc.
Clean out closets and dispose of all items that you will not be taking with you.
Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities.
4 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
For self moves, reserve a truck or trailer. Obtain necessary moving supplies, boxes, twine, labels, etc.
If your mover is doing the packing, arrange for it to be done one or two days before loading begins.
Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair or cleaning as needed.
Gather valuable personal papers that you will need at your new location, including medical and dental records, school records, birth certificates, etc.
Make travel plans and arrange hotel stays or other necessary reservations.
3 WEEK BEFORE YOU MOVE
Ready car registration and insurance records for transfer.
Notify the State Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address.
Arrange for child care on moving day.
If necessary, reserve apartment elevator for pickup and/or delivery dates.
2 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Check with mover about moving house plants.
Dispose of all items too dangerous to move, including flammable liquids.
If necessary, have your automobile serviced and ready for the trip.
1 WEEK BEFORE YOU MOVE
Transfer all bank accounts.
Cancel newspaper delivery.
Have enough medication to last at least two weeks. Have prescriptions forwarded to a pharmacy near your new location.
Buy traveler’s checks.
Make arrangements to pay for your move.
Withdraw items and close safety deposit boxes.
2 DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers to be moved.
Set aside valuable items to carry with you including jewelry, vital documents, money and valuable small items.
Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to movers and stay until they are finished.
Accompany the driver to inventory your household goods.
Complete information on bill of lading and carefully read the document before you sign it.
Make sure you have your copies of the bill of lading and inventory.
Keep the bill of lading until your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
Before the van leaves, take one final look through the house to make certain nothing has been left behind.
Give the driver directions to your new home.
Notify the driver and the van line where you can be reached during the move.
You must pay the driver before your goods can be unloaded.
This is a Federal requirement for interstate moves.
Supervise unloading and unpacking.
Check carefully for any damaged or missing items.
Note on the inventory any damaged boxes or obvious damage
to unboxed items before you sign anything.