This plan covers every last detail about moving, according to a plano moving company . If followed perfectly, it will make moving much less stressful than it needs to be. From utilities to packing, everything is covered here.
Eight weeks out: Schedule an In-Home Estimate
– Contact our moving professionals and set a date for an NDMS contractor to visually survey your home and get an estimate.
– If your company is paying for the move, refer to their policies to determine the services that the mover will be authorized to perform.
– You will also need to determine if you want to pack or if you want to let our crew do the packing. We do offer packing services and your moving coordinator will be able to discuss this with you.
– Show the coordinator everything you wish to take with you. If you do not do this, items may be added to the shipment. This will increase your rate, even if you were given a binding estimate.
– To make sure you fully understand extent of the carrier’s liability, read the “Rights and Responsibilities” brochure that your coordinator provided.
– Ask us about your personalized move planner services that we provide. These services allow you to view documents, get tools and tips, and many other things that will make your move a little more simple.
7 Weeks out: Sign your estimate and book your move
– Sign the estimate/order only after you are sure you have a clear understanding of the entire document. If you have any questions, ask your coordinator. Be sure to get the coordinator’s contact info as well for this reason.
– Lock in your move out date and confirm your moving plan when you officially book your move.
6 Weeks out: Notify your utilities and service providers
– Notify the post office that you are moving. You should be able to simply fill out a change of address form on the United States Postal Service’s website.
– Change your address and update your information from any person or organization you get service from. This can usually be done online.
5 Weeks out: Determine what to throw away, sell, or donate
– Go through every room in the house to sort through what you want to take with you and what you do not want to take with you.
– Most unwanted items can be sold via a yard sale or at online auctions. If you do not want to take the time to do this, you can simply donate them to local charities.
– Whatever you do, make sure you keep the receipts that show the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
4 Weeks out: Check in with your mover
– If you added or removed items from your planned move or made any other changes, especially in dates, contact your coordinator.
– Give the coordinator your new address and contact information as well.
– If there are any other stops that need to be made other than the main pickup and delivery points, make sure it is included in your planner.
– If a vehicle is being moved, prepare to drive it to the designated loading site. Also prepare to pick up said vehicles at the destination location. These should be in your planner.
3 Weeks out: Prepare your friends and family
– Visit the places that you and those closest to you remember well. Have a going away party, barbecue, or any kind of event for your children and their friends as well.
– Make travel plans; reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as necessary. If you are driving, plan out every stop you believe you will need to make and get your vehicle serviced and repaired as necessary.
– Set aside whatever you believe you will need for the first night in your new home and make sure they do not get packed.
– If you chose to pack yourself, get a head start to avoid being overwhelmed at the last minute. Read our packing tips, plan your approach, and resist the temptation of procrastinating.
– There are certain things that cannot be transported. These mostly include flammable and combustible materials. If you possess anything with these characteristics that you wish to take with you, empty them out. These include propane tanks if you have a grill.
– If you are shipping any major appliances, set an appointment with a technician to prepare them for shipment.
– Set a date to have your utilities disconnected. The best thing to do is to keep them connected through moving day and have them disconnected the day after you move.
– Clean your rugs and draperies. When they are returned from the cleaners, leave them wrapped.
– If you have antiques, get them appraised to see if they are worth taking with you. If any of these are made of wood, do not wax or oil them as these tend to soften them a bit. This makes them vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
– Vacuum and dust, but do not clean upholstered furniture. If it is placed in storage, it could cause mold from the moisture after cleaning.
2 Weeks out: Plan for your pets
– If you need to board your pets or leave them with someone you trust, make those plans now.
– Take your pets to the vet and make sure you have any required health certificates or inoculations. If you are moving to a different state, see if the state’s requirements are the same or different than your current state’s.
1 Week out: Last minute details
– Be available when our service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment.
– Make sure mechanical and electrical equipment is serviced before the arrival of the moving truck.
– Make sure anything you cleaned, stored, or repaired is being either packed or otherwise taken with you.
– If you had a locker at any given establishment, empty it.
– Return anything you borrowed from anybody, especially library books.
– Ask the following three questions: Have I forgotten any crucial items? Have I packed or disposed of anything I’m not taking with me? Have I confirmed all the details about my move with my coordinator?
One day away
– Point out anything fragile that may need special attention. If certain items are too fragile to be packed or moved, mark them accordingly.
– Label anything you want first when the truck arrives at your new home.
– If you have done your own packing, make sure everything is ready to be loaded before moving day. When our crew arrives, they will check if boxes have been properly packed.
– If United is helping you pack, collect things that you know you want packed together. Place these in separate groups.
– Unplug all electronics 24 hours before a move, this way they will be at a proper temperature on moving day. This is especially true for computers. Ask the coordinator for our “If There’s a Home Computer in Your Move” booklet for more information on this.
– Make it a point to be present when your belongings are being loaded. After making a final tour of the house, check and sign the inventory list. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it in a safe place.
-Check in with the moving company for any last minute questions.
– You’ll be filling out a couple of forms on moving day. The first is the high-value inventory form, which states whether or not items of extraordinary value are in the shipment. The other is the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill. This is your receipt for the shipment and contains the terms and conditions of the shipment.
– Before the crew leaves, give the van operator your contact information.
– Take a final look around to see if anything else needs to be done before moving.
– Be present for the delivery. If you cannot be there, you can authorize anyone over 18 to be a representative of sorts to accept and pay for the delivery.
– On the day of the delivery, you will be contacted. You are given a two hour window to show up for and accept the delivery. If you need more time, you will need to request it.
– During the unloading process, everything will be placed as you direct. If you want your mattresses to be unpacked or appliances to be installed, this can be arranged with the coordinator. When everything is moved in, check the condition of your personal items, and note any changes on the van operator’s copy of the inventory. When you sign the inventory, you acknowledge the receipt and condition of everything listed.
-Keep documents pertaining to the move somewhere safe. You will need them to verify your moving expenses.
Setting in: One week after moving
– Check in with your post office to see if there is any mail being held.
– Check your state and county requirements for auto registration and driver licensing (if necessary)
– Also check with an attorney about different laws in your new residence. The most important issues are wills, transfers of property/investments, insurance regulations, and taxes.