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Category: Moving TIPS
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Which items can I expect a third party company to handle?
Third party companies will often be used to disassemble and reassemble grandfather clocks, pool tables, large exercise machines, outdoor playgrounds, and unusually large or intricate furniture items. Also, they are often called upon to disconnect icemakers, gas dryers, water softeners, and light fixtures.

Will your selected mover move high value items such as stamp and coin collections?
No, we recommend you move such items on your own. Transit insurances will not cover these items for loss or damage.

Do I really need to check off my inventory sheet?
Yes. This is your responsibility and it should always be done while the delivery is in progress.

What happens if I find that one or more of my items didn't arrive?
Don't panic. There is a good chance that the item isn't gone, but merely misplaced. As soon as you notice an item is missing, immediately notify the driver (if he is still at residence) or call your Move Coordinator and make him/her aware of the missing item.

What types of items are crated? How does crating take place, and can I request crating?
The main function of wooden crates is to add more protection for items that may not be fully protected in corrugated containers. Crates are mainly used for large, flat breakable items that are not in a protective frame. Often these consist of large glass tabletops, marble tops, intricately framed pictures/ mirrors and large unframed mirrors. Also large grandfather clocks are sometimes crated depending on their delicacy. Valuable paintings, statues, and chandeliers with fragile extremities are also crated. The distance of the move also plays an important role in whether an item will be crated. Obviously, the greater the distance, the more likely an item will require crating. Our estimators are trained to recognize which items can most benefit from crating. If you feel that an item needs to be crated let your estimator know and if possible we will try to accommodate you.

What happens if the truck cannot get near my home due to physical restrictions?
Sometimes, due to steep and winding driveways or rural roads, a tractor-trailer cannot get close (within 100 yards) to the home. When this occurs, the crew will often make use of a shuttle van. This requires the use of a smaller truck to transport items between the residence and the moving van. Although not always possible to determine, our estimator usually will be able to recognize if a shuttle van is required. Sometimes this cannot be determined until an attempt is made when the moving van arrives. Due to the nature of a shuttle, extra time and extra labor will be needed to complete your move. If you feel that for any reason the moving van will not be able to get close to your new home, please make sure your move estimator and/or Move Coordinator are aware of this.

Will the movers work on weekends?
Typically your mover will work on the weekends when required. Keep in mind that there is an additional cost associated with weekend work. Many companies will not authorize this additional cost, so ask your Move Coordinator if your move can be authorized for weekend scheduling.

Will the movers unpack my boxes, and if so, what does the unpacking entail?
If your move was authorized for unpacking, then the movers will be happy to unpack any boxes that they packed for your move. When unpacking a box, each item in the box is removed and unwrapped and placed neatly on a nearby flat surface. The main advantage to unpacking is the removal of the packing materials. If you will require a full unpack, please notify your Move Coordinator prior to your move and make him/her aware of this need.

If I unpack myself will you remove the cartons at a later date?
As long as your move is authorized for a carton pickup, we will be happy to schedule the removal of the packing materials. As with most requests, please notify your Move Coordinator prior to the scheduling of your move.

What happens if the weather is poor on the moving day?
The moving crew will attempt to wait out any bad weather such as heavy rain or snow. A light drizzle or snow will not hamper the move process since all furniture is fully protected before being removed from your house. If weather conditions persist for the majority of the day, your move may have to be rescheduled for the following day.
IMPORTANT: You are responsible for making sure that your driveway and walkways are clear of leaves, mud, snow, ice, and other hazards prior to the arrival of the moving crew.
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If I already have items boxed up from a previous move will the movers repack them so that I am covered for damages?
The packers will look at each previously packed carton to determine whether it requires repacking. If a box is worn, then it will require repacking. Remember that you will be held responsible for boxes you ask us to leave unopened and which you do not want repacked.
Will the movers inventory my move, and if so, how?
Any move involving storage or which crosses state lines will be inventoried. Intrastate moves charged by the hour are not normally inventoried; however, if you specifically request it, we will be happy to inventory your shipment. The inventory process will usually take place just after packing and prior to the loading of the truck. The person doing the inventory will bring a roll of colored stickers with them and each sticker on the roll will have a different number on it. Every item in your home will have a sticker placed on it (with care being used to avoid damaging finished surfaces). As each item is tagged, it will be recorded on the inventory sheet next to the number which is on the sticker. Notes will also be made regarding any current wear or tear on the objects. Before leaving your home, our crew will supply you with a copy of your inventory.
Is any care taken to protect the fabric on my furniture?
Yes. All light colored, overstuffed furniture (sofas, dining room chairs, recliners, etc.) may be wrapped in padded paper prior to being wrapped in moving pads. If you feel there are certain objects that need to be paper padded, point these items out to the team when they arrive at your home. Keep in mind that there is an additional charge for this service and prior authorization from your company's relocation representative may be required.
What kind of packing materials do the packing crews use?
Our teams use white paper similar to everyday newspaper, but it contains no inks or dyes. They also use a padded paper for pictures, lamps, mirrors, and various other delicate items, and a form of bubble wrap may be used for valuable breakables.
Can I continue to stay at my home throughout the packing and loading process?
Yes. It is entirely possible for you and your family to remain in the house and sleep in your beds throughout the entire move. When showing the movers around your home, make sure you let them know that you will be staying. Point out any beds that you need left undisturbed. Also make sure to separate any items you will be using while the move is taking place. You should pack a bag just as if you were going away for the night. Place the items you will be using either on your bed or in an out of the way area and make sure they are marked "Do Not Pack until Last Day of the Move".
Will the interior of my home be protected during the loading of the truck?
Yes. We always provide full premise protection at both origin and destination. This protection entails using carpet runners, padding the railings and banisters, and placing protective coverings on hardwood and tile floors. We will to do the best possible job of protecting your home.
Will there be someone on the job to supervise the crew?
Yes, most of our teams consist of a driver and 1-3 helpers. The head driver is responsible for his crew and should oversee the entire move. If for some reason you need to notify someone about a problem, you should always speak to the lead driver. Should you need to notify someone else of a problem, our move Customer Service Hotline is available 24/7.
Will they disassemble any items before loading them onto the truck?
Items will only be disassembled if they cannot be easily handled or if they are less prone to damage when apart. Normally, all beds are disassembled and table legs are removed if possible.
How will my furniture be protected during the move?
Since most scratches and nicks occur while carrying objects through the home, we feel it is very important that every piece of furniture be fully padded and protected inside the home. This helps in reducing damage to both the furniture and the walls during the loading process.
If my belongings go into storage will I have the same crew deliver my belongings out of storage?
Typically scheduling makes it difficult to schedule the same crew. However, we will attempt to accommodate your wishes. The sooner you notify us that you would prefer the same crew, the better the chance that we can schedule them for the second half of your move.
If a certain driver was recommended to me, can I request him for my move?
A significant portion of our business comes from repeat customers and referrals. Because of this, we are very accustomed to special driver request. Whenever possible we try to accommodate your driver preferences. The sooner you make us aware of a driver request, the better the chances are that we can schedule him/her for your move. Fortunately, when we are unable to meet a specific driver request our clients end up being just as satisfied with the alternate driver assignment.
When delivering my furniture, will they assemble those items which were taken apart at my former home?
Yes. Any items that our movers altered in order to safely transport them will be restored to the original condition during unloading. These items often include beds, large wardrobes, desks, tables, and shelving units. If you prefer to leave certain items disassembled in your new home, just let the movers know prior to unloading.
Are your movers qualified to disassemble and/or assemble items such as my grandfather clock and pool table?
While many of our drivers possess the knowledge to perform these services, we will occasionally use a third party company for any situations that require a high degree of expertise. This ensures that the job is always done properly and allows our crews to devote more time and effort to the move itself.
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Sequel:
When will the movers arrive, and when can I expect them to leave?
When possible, a work day will begin around 8:30AM and finish around 5:30PM. Factors such as traffic and weather occasionally alter these times. While small moves will often dictate shorter days, a large move may require longer ones. Keep in mind that your move is scheduled to be completed in a given span of time and our crews may need to continue working later into the evening to ensure that these deadlines are met.
I realize that my mover offers a full service move, but is there anything I should do before the movers arrive?
The single most important thing you can do is to be as organized as possible before the movers arrive. You should:
1. Have a garage sale to get rid of everything you don’t want to take with you. Use the money you make to buy something nice for your new home!
2. Create an inventory list of your possessions. You might want to include the room each item belongs in, the year of purchase, the original cost, and the current value.
3. Be sure to drain water from hoses, refrigerators, and washers, and gasoline from garden equipment before moving them.
4. After you’ve completely cleaned out your refrigerator, put a handful of fresh coffee or baking soda in a nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior fresh.
5. Pack a few boxes with things you will need when you first arrive at your new home, and mark them "Unpack first." Remember to include basic tools, cleaning supplies, towels, toilet paper, light bulbs, a first aid kit, paper plates and cups, and snack foods.
6. Take your current phone book with you – you may need to make calls to residents or businesses in your former town.
7. When moving plants to your new home in the car, be sure not to let the foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.
8. Once you arrive at your new home, you might consider hooking up the TV and VCR first to occupy the kids while the rest of the truck is being unloaded.
9. When moving in electronic appliances, such as PCs, be sure to let them acclimate to room temperature before plugging them in.
10. If you need to store some of your belongings, it’s a good idea to tour the warehouse you are planning to use. Look for cleanliness, organization, and security.
How many people will pack my items? Will the same people who pack my goods load them onto the van?
Normally, two to four people will pack your home. However, the exact number may vary depending on the size of your house. Your mover can is contracted can be a pack & haul carrier, which means the same crew that packs, will also load and deliver your goods.
How will the movers label the boxes after they are packed?
When showing the packers around your home for the first time, make sure to let them know how you would like each room to be labeled. When packing, they will label the boxes as asked and will also include a general listing as to the contents of each carton.
Do I, or someone in my family need to be present while they are packing my home?
Someone will need to be present to let the movers in and to show them around. Because moving is often a hectic time, we understand that you may need to run out for a short time. However, we have found that packing goes best when someone familiar with the move is available for a majority of the move.
Are there any items that your mover will not pack?
Household Goods movers are prevented from packing the following:
• Aerosol can, such as hairspray.
• Flammables of any sort such as gasoline, kerosene propane.
• Perishable foods (canned and boxed foods are fine).
• Paints, thinners, bleaches, or other toxic materials.
• Explosive, such as ammunition, firecrackers, and matches.
• These items should be removed from your home prior to the packers' arrival.

Will the packers use any of my original cartons when packing?
If original cartons are left near the objects for which they were designed and all the original packing (Styrofoam, cardboard cutouts, etc.) is still in the box, then the packers will try to use them. If the use of the original box entails the disassembly of an object (pressboard furniture, large toys, etc.), then the movers will try to find an alternative means of protecting the object. Small boxes for fragile items such as figurines, glassware and dolls come in very handy but due to their small nature, it is suggested that you pack these items yourself and have the packers repack them in a larger carton.
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When should I call a moving company?
The sooner, the better. Though the actual van assignment may not be made until a few days before your move, to assure availability it is wise to give your mover notice from four to six weeks in advance, if possible. The more lead-time you can give, the more likely we will be able to meet your preferred dates.
When is the best time to move?
If there is a choice, most moving companies suggest you select a time other than summer or the end of the month. The heaviest demands are placed on vans, equipment and personnel during the summer months (June through mid-September) when children are out of school and at the end of any month. The attached graph demonstrates the peak periods for the moving industry:

Your mover understands that there are many factors that influence your choice of when you move. We will help you design a move that will accommodate your busy schedule.
How long does it take to move?
That depends on many factors, including the time of year, weather conditions, time required to load and unload, and the direction and distance your shipment is traveling. With the help of a centralized dispatch system, pickup and delivery dates are scheduled according to your needs with the safety always taking top priority.
Is a moving company "Licensed"?
It would be more accurate to say that a moving company is "certificated". This means that a company which has been issued a certificate and has the authority to move household goods.
When moving, you will receive and sign two important documents - the "Order for Service" and "Bill of Lading". Each of these will clearly identify on whose operating authority (certificate) your shipment is being moved.

Do I need an estimate?
Your mover will make a pre-move survey of your household goods to be transported. In this way you will be able to budget your move cost and your elected mover can develop the best operational plan to meet your needs.

How much will my move cost?
Basic transportation charges depend on the weight of your goods and the distance they will travel. The total cost will include these transportation costs, any charges for transit coverage, plus charges for any additional services such as packing, unpacking, stair carries, etc. These charges are based on tariff rate schedules. Local moves are typically charged based on time and materials.

What is a Tariff?
This is the "price list" used by moving companies who provide interstate transportation of household goods. The list includes all of the various services offered by the company.
How and when should I pay the moving company?
Tariff regulations require that all charges be paid in cash, credit card, money order, cashier's check or traveler's check before your shipment is unloaded at destination. In cases where the charges are being paid by an organization, billing arrangements can be made in advance with proper authorization.
Am I protected against loss or damage?
Under the terms of the Uniform Household Goods Bill of Lading (the receipt for your goods and part of the transportation documentation given to you by the moving company), you may choose from several different types of transit coverage. Your selected representative will provide you specific details regarding transit related coverage.

Can my possessions be stored temporarily?
If you are unable to take immediate possession of your new residence, your belongings can be stored at a reasonable cost in a local warehouse. Your mover typically operates and contracts with state of the art storage facilities throughout the world to provide you with safe storage solutions. You must specifically request storage service, however. You are responsible for the storage charges, as well as warehouse handling and final delivery charges.
• How long can I expect the movers to take when packing and loading my belongings?
Since households vary in size, the time needed to pack and load will vary. A typical household of about 2500-3000 square feet usually requires two days to pack and one day to load. Smaller homes and apartments can often be done with only one day of packing and one day of loading. Sometimes a very large home can take as long as four days. Factors such as long carriers, shuttles, and bad weather may cause a move to run slightly longer than expected.
Check out for the sequel. Have a wonderful day.
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Electronic Items:

For all electronic items, such as amplifier, DVD, VCR, video, boom box, stereo speakers, computer (not computer screen) printer, fax, small copy machine etc…We still recommend to use dish pack box because it is considered to be the strongest and thickest box available in our inventory that will provide you with added protection. Please surround each one of them (electronic items) with lots of bubblewrap (use the thick bubblewrap) and place them in the box. Put the heaviest at the bottom and the lightest at the top. It is always good to put the amplifier at the bottom since it is a heavier electronic item. The rest should be depending on size and weight.

Table Lamps:

For ceramic or glass table lamp, we still recommend to use the dish pack box simply surround them with lots of bubblewrap (use the thick kind of bubblewrap for added protection). Place them in the box make sure they are well secured around the walls of the box by using bubblewrap or paper balls around the items to avoid movement during transportation. Regarding the lampshades, you will need to open a new dish pack. They will have to be placed by themselves since they will keep its full protection within the transportation. No bubblewrap is necessary for the lamp shades, simply place them in the box and they will still have the necessary protection.

Please note: For all of your fragile items, we don’t recommend using other boxes, beside dish pack, since they are not strong enough and can get smashed or break under pressure.

Picture:

Open the box, surround the picture with bubblewrap. For oil paint, simply wrap with paper sheets, do not wrap it in bubblewrap since the wrap might increases heat transport to the paint and the oil might leak and stain the whole picture. Place the picture or oil paint per box. If it’s a small painting, two paintings can be place in a box but they should not intertwine. Do not mix oil paint with glass picture that you protect with bubblewrap due to the same reason mentioned above. Make sure they are well placed in the box to prevent excess movement during transportation.

TV and computer screen:

A special box is available that comes in different sizes. Small, medium and large. Simply surround the TV or computer screen with lots of bubblewrap (two layers of bubblewrap is enough when using thicker wrap) and place them in the box to prevent movement. You can add paper balls in between items to increase protection as well.

Other self packing tips

Now, before tapping yourself on the shoulders, and scream “I am a professional packer”  , we would like to remind you that you forgot to pack the glass plate from the microwave . Before making any mistakes, make sure to remove the plate from the microwave oven and place it in the dish pack.
It is always good to write on top of all boxes which rooms it’s originated from and the content of the box.
It doesn’t matter which moving company you choose do not ever, ever, ever write CD on your CD box. Simply name the book boxes so to avoid any… well, you get my drift.
Please, for any other questions regarding packing or other inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us TOLL FREE@1-877-963-7283 and ask for our packing instructor.
Or simply email us at admin@movemewithcare.com

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(What you need to do if you are going to do the packing and boxing your possessions for the move.)


This article was created by our expert moving knowledge base as a source of “how to” if you elect to pack yourself. Allow plenty of time and always consider extra packing.


We decided to provide you with these self-packing tips, to show you how much we dedicate ourselves to save you money. Despite the fact that it may be financially disadvantageous to us to teach you how to do your own packing, our main goal is to save you money and enjoy your experience with us.
We try to offer you packing supplies that are available at any other packing stores in your area. Our prices are similar to those found elsewhere but most of our others packing materials are less expensive and more affordable. This can, as well, save you time to drive yourself to these supplies store. You can purchase the supplies ahead of time and if got any excess materials, you can return them (unused) by the end of move for a full refund. We do it in order to make it affordable for you to choose Movemewithcare.com agents for your moving needs.

A common mistake many customers make is to use light weight boxes to pack fragile items, such as ceramic/glass table lamps, statues, electronics, DVD, VCR, china dishes etc… This can be a big and problematic situation. These light weight boxes are not strong enough and can’t provide enough protection for glass items.

• Book Boxes: As the box mentions, it is for books. You can add CD’s, videotapes, office files, and other small items.
• Medium Boxes: Well, those boxes are not for books! You can always put in these boxes some office files and other small miscellaneous items, such as small picture frame, computer speakers, etc…
• Large boxes: Those are not for books as well! They are made for toys, clothing, kitchen utensils (not glass dishes), plastic containers, frying and cooking pans.
• Wardrobe boxes: Those for sure are not for books. You can always stack small and light items, such as shoes, handbags, pillows, blankets prior placing the bar in order to place your clothing. You can even add a dining chair that you want to protect from any scratches or dents.


How do you need to handle glass, fragile and electronic items?

For those items, there is a special box called china box/dish pack. This is a more rigid box that can handle more weigh and is design for these items specifically. You should use this box in order to pack safely most of your fragile belonging, such as stereo equipment, other glass and ceramic fragile item, and even your lampshades.

How to pack your dishes?

1. Open the box, use lots of box sealing tape at the bottom of the box to prevent spillage or mishaps when the box is moved.
2. Before placing any dishes, simply fold a sheet of bubblewrap (thicker bubblewrap) to create a double level of bubblewrap at the bottom of the box to soften the base so to enhance protection of the items.
3. Start with the dish plates. Usually, you can form two vertical rows of dish plates one next to the other. Beware! Do not put them one of top each other. This is a common mistake, people usually stack them one on top of each other, and this will create too much pressure that the probability of breakage is higher. This is why it is very important to position them vertically one next to each other.
4. All the glass dishes must be double wrapped by white newsprint paper. If one of the glass items should break during the move, the broken item will stay trapped in the paper and avoid spreading all over the box. By the time of the unpacking, you will not be injured or cut with the broken pieces. Some people choose to save money and use old newspaper to wrap dishes. This is a very big mistake because the newspaper ink can run out and stain the dishes. If you still want to save money on white newsprint paper, make sure to use white newsprint paper to wrap your dishes for the first wrap (the one that are closer to the dish) and you can simply use the normal daily newspaper for the second wrap.
5. After completing the first level of plate’s dishes, please place another sheet of folding bubblewrap in order to create a new level. It doesn’t have to be even but it needs to be used as a soft divider for the second level.
6. The second level: Now it’s the time to put the thicker drinking glass or the coffee and tea mugs. Make sure to double wrap them the white newspaper. You can place them in the box horizontally since they are strong enough to withhold the pressure.
7. After completion of the second level, please place another sheet of folding bubblewrap in order to create a new level. At the third level, you can place all the wine glasses or thinner fragile glasses and porcelain. All items on the third level are fragile and need to be handled carefully. Regarding the wineglasses, we recommend to triple wrap them for added protection. Place them in the box horizontally. Do not fill the box all the way to the top. Leave enough space to add another layer of bubble wrap to avoid breakage. Make sure not to leave empty space on the top. Use some white newsprint, form paper balls, and place them equally all on top of the box and between dishes so to keep every item in the box secured during transportation. This is the way to pack those kind of dishes and other dishes, such as vase, glass salad bowls, and even statues, use another box and simply surround the glass item with lots of bubblewrap (use the thicker bubblewrap to increase protection). In all cases, please make sure the box is not too heavy so it won’t break from the bottom!!!

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Moving Day

Working 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 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.
• Complete and sign the High-Value Inventory form, whether or not items 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 Day

Working With the Mover:
• Be on hand to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, 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 attempt to contact you by phone and/or will make an appearance at residence if he is unable to reach you. If you are unable to accept delivery of your shipment within the waiting time (i.e., two hours) after notification of arrival at destination, you may request waiting time until delivery can be made.
• Check 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 discrepancies 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 Move

Settling In:
• Check with your new post office for 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.










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Two to Three Weeks before Moving Day
Working With the Mover:

• 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.
• Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.
• Have some fun 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 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 dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. 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. Please read the complete list of non-allowables.
• Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.
• 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.
• Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.
• 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.
• Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must be placed in storage. Ask your agent for a copy of our "If There Are Antiques in Your Move... “booklet".

One to Two Weeks before Moving Day

Pet and Plants

Decide what to do with house plants. Your mover cannot safely move your plants because they may suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van.

Alternatives:
• Give plants to friends or relatives.
• Donate plants to a hospital or other organization.
• Include plants in a garage sale.
• Some states permit the entry of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.
• Take pets to the veterinarian. 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.

Other Important Details:
• Collect all items 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 collect things you may have loaned.

Day Before Moving Day

Working With the Packers
• Point out to 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.
• Collect things you definitely want packed together, such as children's toys, 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. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment. Ask your agent for a copy of our "If There's a Home Computer in Your Move... " booklet".

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. 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."
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Moving Reminders Checklist
Six to Eight Weeks before Moving Day

Working With the Mover:
• Call your selected moving agent. Set a date for the agent to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.
• If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.
• Do you want to do any of the packing -- or will you have it done by our experienced packers? Your agent will be happy to discuss packing services with you.
• Show the agent everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.
• Read the "Your Rights and Responsibilities Manual" to make certain that you fully understand the extent of the carrier's liability.
• 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 handy.

Four to Six Weeks Before Moving Day

Places to Notify:
 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:

Utilities
Personal Accounts
Electric
Pharmacy
Gas
Dry Cleaner
Water
Lawn Service
Telephone
Bank/Finance Companies
Sewer District
Credit Card Companies
Trash
Laundry Service
Cable/Satellite
Auto Finance Company
Fuel (Oil/Propane)
Health Club
Sewer District

Professional Services
Publications
Doctor(s)
Newspapers
Dentist
Magazines
Accountant
Newsletters
Lawyer
Professional Journals
Broker
Insurance Agency

Government Offices
Department of Motor Vehicles
Social Security Administration
State/Federal Tax Bureaus
City/County Tax Assessor
Veterans Administration


Miscellaneous:

• Have a "garage sale" or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items. Ask your agent for a copy of our "Let a Garage Sale Lighten the Load" booklet.
• Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. 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.

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The best way to find a reliable moving company is by recommendation or reputation. If someone you know has had a good experience then copies it! You do still need to be careful, however. If a local moving company successfully moved your mother-in-law across town, they won't necessarily have the skills, resources and experience to move you internationally, for example. Talk to your realtors or estate agents - they should be able to give experienced and knowledgeable recommendations. If you're looking to move relatively close to home then a quick and easy way to spot local companies is to keep your eyes peeled on the street as soon as you start thinking about moving. You'll see the vehicles of certain movers time and time again and you can take some comfort from the fact that they are busy.
Many of us will simply pick a moving company from a Yellow Pages type directory or from an Internet search. Some of us will simply choose a known name - i.e. a national company - and others may opt for a smaller local company. In all cases, it's especially wise to choose companies that have taken the time and trouble to become accredited members of a moving association or trade body. You can assume from this that they take themselves seriously and you can probably do the same too. They will probably have to adhere to certain standards and you'll have recourse to action if you do have problems. But you should still beware - if you are at all suspicious, check out their membership. You can even ask them for referrals from previous satisfied customers. You don't have to follow up on this but, if the company seem less than keen to let you talk to people they've dealt with in the past, then you need to start thinking hard about whether they're right for you.
The problem is we don't tend to move often enough in our lives to make it a process we get used to. We're generally all novices when it comes to moving and it shows! But, like any process, moving is all about being smart and knowing what you're doing. You're about to find out more about the hardest part of the process - choosing a moving company. You'll find more information on the other ins and outs of moving on the menu on the left of the page.

Choosing a Mover
Choosing the right mover is not a simple task. When moving, you want to be sure that your belongings will be in good hands until they reach your new home. You also want to be sure that the costs will not skyrocket in the end, or that you will have to wait too long before your belongings are finally delivered to you.
When choosing a moving company for your move make sure you deeply investigate each and every candidate. Use the following topics to guide you on your research:
1. Licenses and insurance
2. Better Business Bureau record
3. Place of business
4. Sales personnel
5. Important documents
6. Questions you should ask the movers
Licenses and Insurance
When choosing a mover make sure to verify his license with your local DOT office. Every moving company has to be licensed and insured. There are different types and levels of licensing, and the rules are different from state to state.
Local Moves: If you are moving within a state, make sure the mover you are considering is licensed by that state's Department of Transportation, Public Utilities Commission, or Bureau of Consumer Affairs. A call to your local state association can help determine if a mover is licensed. If you are moving to a different state, check to make sure the mover is licensed by the Federal Department of Transportation.
Interstate Moves: Interstate moving companies have two additional criteria they are required to meet:
1. Publish their tariffs or price list and make it available to anybody who requests a copy
2. Participate in a dispute settlement program and to offer neutral arbitration in the event a dispute arises. A dispute may arise in the event loss or damage happens to a shipment while in the hands of the mover.
Workers' Compensation Insurance: Another criterion to consider when choosing a moving company is whether it carries Workers' Compensation Insurance. Such coverage is required by the DOT. This adds to the cost of doing business but it protects you, so make sure you only choose a company that is covered.