Make your Moving Process Simple with this Easy Calendar The moving process is a chaotic time for everybody. But, with some help and direction from A-1 Freeman Moving Group, it can be as easy as pie. We’ve formulated a comprehensive blueprint that you can follow to manage your move and make it easy. It may surprise you to find out that the entire moving process should start as early as two whole months before you’re ready to 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 residence and formulate an estimate.If your business is covering your move, take a look at their moving policy to establish the services the mover will be authorized to perform.Do you want to do any of the packing -- or would you rather leave it up to our experienced packers? Your agent will cover all of our packing services with you.Show the agent the whole inventory that will be moved. Any 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've read and understand each section. Your agent will answer any questions you have.Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator nearby.Four to Six Weeks Before Moving DayPlaces to Notify:Alert the post office that you are moving. You can easily get a Change of Address form from the United States Postal Service Web site. Form an outline of friends, family, business firms and others who should be briefed 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:Reduce the amount of clutter you have by holding a garage sale or selling some stuff online. Donate undesired clothing or household goods to local charities. Get a receipt from the charity so you can inquire about getting a tax write off next year. Start to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other cleaning items. Only buy things that you know will be used up before you move.Two to Three Weeks Before Moving DayWorking With the Mover:Alert your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if you need to adjust the timetable. Make sure that your agent has your destination address and phone numbers where they can call you if needed.Establish any side trips necessary to pick up or deliver items to another destination other than the primary pickup or delivery points.If you're having your car transported for you, prepare to drive it to a fitting loading area. 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. Arrange for a going-away party for your kids and their friends.Don't forget to make plans for yourself...an open house or an informal dinner or barbecue. Keep it simple. Be sure to get your family travel plans in order. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.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 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. Throw away 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. Be sure you read the complete list of non-allowables.Dispose of propane tanks that you use with barbecue grills.Make a meeting with a service technician to prepare your washer, dryer, fridge, and other major appliances for shipment — or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this job.Determine and set the best date for having utilities disconnected. If you can, try to keep utilities in service through moving day.Have rugs and draperies professionally cleaned. Leave them in the packaging when you get them back. Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to validate value. During your cleaning process, refrain from waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) prior to moving for the reason that some products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to accidental imprints from furniture pads.Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture may lead to mold if furniture needs to be placed in storageOne to Two Weeks Before Moving DayPets and PlantsDecide what to do with house plants. A-1 Freeman Moving Group cannot safely transport your plants because the temperature changes and lack of water on longer trips can irreversibly damage them.Alternatives:Leave your plants with family, friends, or neighbors and find new ones at your new location.Donate plants to a hospital or other organization. Find a new owner by putting them up for sale at a garage sale.A handful of states allow the admission of all house plants; others permit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations.Be sure to have your pets checked out by the vet. Numerous states necessitate health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are soundly adhered to your pet's collar.Set up transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air.Other Important Details:Assemble all of your possessions that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.). Retrieve all the items from your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.Return library books and whatever you borrowed from friends or neighbors, and retrieve things you may have loaned.Day Prior to Moving DayWorking With the PackersIdentify to the packers any particularly-fragile items calling for special attention. Mark appropriately any items you don't want packed or moved, as well as containers you will want first when the van arrives at new home.If you're packing up your house on your own, be positive all your stuff is ready to go before moving day. Once they get to your place, the van operator will take a look at your boxes to ensure they have been suitably packed. Assemble items you absolutely want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in separate groups.Disconnect all electronic appliances 24 hours before you move, other than plasma TVs, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.Last Minute Details:Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for anything you might have missed.Be on the scene when the service representative gets to your place to prep your appliances for shipment. It is your obligation 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."Moving DayWorking With the Mover:It is your obligation to see that all of your goods are loaded, so wait on the premises until loading is done. After concluding one last 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 asserted 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 suitable to your shipment.Ensure that the van operator has the correct 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 DayWorking With the Mover:Be on hand to accept delivery. If you aren't going to be able to make it, 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 appear at the drop off if they aren't able 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 request waiting time until delivery can be made.Examine your household goods as they are removed from the truck. If there is a change in the condition of the property that wasn't noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note inconsistencies 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 to collect 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 your fully up to speed on the moving process, let us provide you with the help you need. Get a quote today, and we’ll get you started on the path to a smooth, easy move with as few problems as conceivable. Let us do your heavy lifting for you.