Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a hectic time for everyone. But, with a little support and guidance from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it doesn’t have to be. We’ve drawn up an all-inclusive master plan that will help you manage your move and make it go as smoothly as possible. 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!Six to Eight Weeks Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Call up your A-1 Freeman Moving Group agent.Figure out a day for the agent to visually survey your home and formulate a quote.If your business is paying for your move, take a look at their moving policy to figure out the services the mover will be allowed to perform.Are you going to pack your things -- or will you have it done by our experienced packers? Your agent will be happy to discuss packing services with you.Show the agent the entirety that is going to be moved. Any extra items that are added later to the shipment will raise the price tag, even if you have been given a binding estimate.Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after youyou have a firm knowledge of each section. Your agent will answer any questions you have.Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator close by.4-6 Weeks Before Moving DayPlaces to Notify:Inform the post office that you are moving. You can easily get a Change of Address form from the United States Postal Service Web site. Prepare a catalog of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be informed of your move. Below we've prepared a list of common entities that you will probably need to contact.: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 unwanted clothes or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions. Start using supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other perishable goods. Only buy things that you know will be used up before you move.Two to Three Weeks Prior to Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Inform your agent if if there's been a change in the original list from your planned move or if you need to adjust the timetable. give your agent the destination address and phone numbers where they can call you if needed.Establish any side trips needed to get or deliver items to another destination separate from the primary pickup or delivery points.If you're having your car transported for you, 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. Hold a going-away part for your kids so they can get all of their friends together one last time.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. 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 throw away 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. Throw away partially 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 that you use with barbecue grills.Set an appointment with a service technician to ready your washer, dryer, fridge, and other major appliances for transit — or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to complete this service.Arrange a time for having utilities disconnected. If you can manage it, 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. Get a written assessment of antique items to validate value. During your cleaning process, refrain from waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) ahead of moving on account of some products could soften the wood, making it vulnerable to accidental imprints from furniture pads.Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture might bring about mold if furniture needs to be placed in storageOne to Two Weeks Before Moving DayPets and PlantsFigure out 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 institution. Include plants in a garage sale.A few states permit the entrance of all house plants; others permit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Make an appointment for your pets with the vet. Almost all of the states need health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely hooked to your pet's collar.Make plans for the transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air.Other Important Details:Assemble all your things 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 stuff you might have borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.Day Prior to Moving DayWorking With the PackersShow the packers all notably-delicate items needing specific attention. Check appropriately any items you don't want packed or moved, as well as containers you need first when the van arrives at new home.If you're packing up your house on your own, be positive your things are prepared to go before moving day. When they get to your place, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been correctly packed. Collect possessions you positively want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in different groups.Disconnect all electronic appliances 24 hours before you move, except plasma televisions, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This encompasses 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 stay on the premises until loading is finished. After concluding a final tour 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 complete and sign the asserted 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 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 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 attempt to contact you by phone and/or will make an appearance at the destination if they are unable to contact 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 unloaded. If there's damage of the property from that 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 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.Now that you've gained an expert level of knowledge 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 professional move with as little problems as conceivable. Allow us to help you with the heavy lifting.