Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a frenetic occasion for everyone. Still, with a little assistance and advice from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it doesn’t have to be. We’ve arranged a sweeping blueprint that will guide you to manage your move and make it simple. After looking at our guide, you might even be taken aback by the fact that you should actually start managing your move as much as two whole months before you actually move!6-8 Weeks Prior to Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Call your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Determine an appointment for the agent to inspect your home and form an estimate.If your company is picking up the tab for your move, take a look at their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be allowed to take on.Do you want to do any of the packing -- 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 everything that will be moved. Any extra items that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding 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 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 catalogue of friends, family, business firms and others who should be alerted 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Security AdministrationState/Federal Tax BureausCity/County Tax AssessorVeterans AdministrationMiscellaneous:Don't move outdated possessions.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. Give unwanted clothing or other items to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions. Start to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.Two to Three Weeks Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Tell your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if you need to adjust the timetable. give your agent the destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached.Confirm any side trips required to grab or drop off goods to someplace seperate from the primary pickup or delivery points.If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to an appropriate loading site. Make sure that you have a plan in place to pick up your car when you arrive at your destination.Preparing the Family:Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories. Arrange for a going-away party for your kids and their friends.Don't forget to make some time 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. Be sure to get your family travel plans in order. 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 discard flammables like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Exhaust fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partially 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. Be sure you read the complete list of non-allowables.Dispose of propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.Set an appointment 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 sanctioned to execute 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 both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners. Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to establish worth. While cleaning, stay away from 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 accidental imprints from furniture pads.Clean your upholstered furniture after you get to your new home since 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:Give plants to friends or relatives.Gift plants to a hospital or other organization. Sell your plants with your other items at a garage sale.A handful of states allow the entry of all house plants; others permit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Take pets to the veterinarian. Numerous states need health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are soundly connected 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 possessios that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.). Be sure to get all your stuff from your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.Return library books and whatever you borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.Day Before Moving DayWorking With the PackersPoint out to the packers any particularly-delicate items calling for special attention. Mark accordingly any possessions you don't want packed or moved, as well as cartons you will want first when the van makes it to your new home.If you are doing your own packing, be positive all your stuff is prepared to go before moving day. When they get to your place, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been suitably packed. Gather stuff you definitely want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in different categories.Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours before you move, other than plasma televisions, in order to make sure they're cooled off on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.Last Minute Details:Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.Be on hand when the service representative gets to your place to prep your appliances for shipment. It is your responsibility 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 complete. After concluding one last walkthrough 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 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 relevant to your shipment.Ensure that the van operator has the correct destination address. Make sure to let the van operator know how they can get ahold 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:Make sure that you're present when the delivery crew arrive. If you are going to miss the delivery time, 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 try to reach you by phone and/or will make an appearance at the drop off if they are unable to 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 ask for waiting time until delivery can be made.Inspect your household goods as they are removed from the truck. 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 discrepancies on the van operator's copy of the inventory sheet. When you sign 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:Check with 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 you know everything that you should be aware of during the moving process, let us provide you with the aid you require. 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