Things You Should Know About Moving
In Search of a New Residence
Subscribe to the new area's local newspaper in advance of your move. It
usually contains a large real estate section, which can be very helpful in
giving you some idea of the type of housing available in the new city, as
well as other useful information. Arrange for a house-hunting trip to your
new city. When looking for a new home, take along a tape measure and a list
of the exact dimensions of each of your major appliances and other large
pieces of furniture. Measure the areas provided for them to be sure your
appliances and furniture will fit. Establish credit in the new city. Ask
your banker for a referral to a correspondent bank and to act as a credit
Preplanning Your Move
Plan the move as early as possible. If you are able to move at any time of
the year, don't wait until summer, the peak-moving season. Consider also
that the first and last few days of the month are extra busy. If you plan to
sell your house, get it on the market as soon as possible. If renting, give
your landlord timely notice of your moving date. Keep a record of all
expenses related to the move, some of which may be tax deductible. Fill out
a Personal Household Inventory for each room. This is important for
establishing the amount of declared valuation for the shipment and as a
permanent inventory for insurance purposes. List, as nearly as possible, the
year of purchase and original cost of each item. Attach any invoices or
records of purchase to the completed inventory. Prepare a separate
high-value inventory if the shipment will contain articles of
"extraordinary" value. The following list includes items that might fall
into this category:
* Art Collections
* China Collections
* Computer Equipment
* Oriental Rugs
* Stones Or Gems
* TVs Or Stereos
Estimate of Moving Costs
Unless you have been given a binding estimate where a firm cost is
established in advance, the exact cost of a move cannot be determined until
after the shipment has been loaded on the van and weighed. The weight on
which charges are based is calculated by weighing the van before and after
loading. The total cost of the move will include transportation charges, any
charges for declared valuation, plus charges for any extra services
performed at your request. All of these charges are based on tariff rate
It is the owner's responsibility to see that your mechanical, electrical
equipment and appliances are properly serviced for shipping prior to the
arrival of the moving van. For safe moving, have these items prepared by a
licensed or properly trained technician. This service may be performed by a
technician of your choice or by qualified personnel of the moving company.
If the owner has failed to have an item serviced, the van operator may load
and haul it, but will mark the inventory sheet, "Not Serviced-Loaded at
Six to Eight Weeks before Moving
Working with the Mover
* Have the moving company conduct a household goods survey in order to
furnish you with a written estimate, although the final cost will depend on
the actual weight of your household goods after they are loaded on the
Before the removal list arrives, inspect the property. Include the garage,
patio and any storage shed. Decide what to move and what to discard.
Remember the cost of moving an item may be greater than the cost of
* Decide whether you want to do any of the packing or have it done by the
moving company's experienced personnel. Show the removal list everything
that is to be moved. Specify articles that are to be packed so the estimate
will include these charges. Any items that are later added to the shipment
will add to the cost estimate. Transfer of Personal Records
* Arrange for closing or transfer of charge accounts.
* Check personal insurance policies to see whether moving is covered.
Transfer fire, theft and other personal property insurance to ensure
coverage at the new home.
* Obtain transcripts of the children's school records and credentials from
school authorities or secure transcripts of school records, if you prefer to
take them along.
* Gather medical and dental records including vaccination data, medical
prescriptions, dates of last examinations, history of past illnesses and so
* Ask your doctor and dentist to recommend colleagues in the new city. Be
sure to check current telephone numbers and addresses of physicians, dentist
and hospital, which will help when transferring your records.
* Obtain letters of introduction from your church, organization, club, and
* Transfer, sell or resign memberships in clubs or associations. Report your
move to any lending agency with which you do business. A lender's permission
may be required to move personal property in which the lender has an
Four to Six Weeks before Moving
Planning Your Packing
If you plan to do the packing yourself, start collecting suitable
containers. You can purchase specialized containers from most moving
companies, such as:
* Small cartons for heavy items (books, record albums, and tools).
* Wardrobe containers
* Large cartons for bulky items (pillows, blankets, and stuffed toys).
* Medium-sized cartons for bulkier but not so heavy items (towels, linens,
and small appliances)
Collect other packing
* White paper
* Tissue paper
* Paper towels
* Non printed paper
* Tape or Strong twine for sealing containers
* Scissors or Sharp knife (keep out of children's reach)
* Felt marker to mark containers
* Notebook & Pencil for listing contents
* Labels or Stickers (Available from moving company)
Set goals and deadlines to ensure that all packing is completed by moving
day. You may want to pack one room per week. Attach a list of contents to
each carton. Separate and mark goods that will go into storage. Consider
having a garage sale to dispose of unwanted items. If you donate clothing or
household goods to charitable organizations, get receipts showing their
approximate value for tax deductions? Remember that the cost of moving an
item may be greater than replacing it. Begin to use up large supplies of
canned goods and frozen foods. Buy only what will be used before moving.
Places To Notify of Impending Address
* Trash removal
* Professional Services
* Real estate Agent
* Stock broker
* Insurance Agents
* Established Business Accounts
* Credit cards
* Motor Vehicle Department
* Finance companies
* Department stores
* Government and Public Offices
* Social Security Administration
* Federal and state income tax offices
* Professional and trade
* Credit Card Companies
* Bank cards
* Oil companies
* Store cards
* Other cards
* Relatives and friends
* Business associates
* Book and record clubs
* Schools and colleges
* Landlord, if you are a tenant
* Tenants, if you are a landlord.
Two to Three Weeks before Moving
Let the post office know your moving date and new address. If you do not
have a permanent address by the time you move, the post office will hold
your mail and forward it upon written instructions from you. Phone the local
business office of the Telephone Company. They can make arrangements for
service in your new home and, on request, give out your new number when your
present number is called.
Contact all service companies as
* Cable TV
If possible, arrange to have utilities connected before your arrival. Make
family travel plans. Reserve air or rail transportation and hotel
accommodations as needed. Have your car prepared for the trip: tires,
brakes, lubrication, oil change, and tune-up-as needed. Dispose of
flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, pressure cans
or paint thinner. Drain oil and fuel from your power mower and other
machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, syrup or any other
substance that may leak. Carefully tape-seal and place in individual
waterproof bags any jars of liquids or semi-liquids you do not wish to
discard. Have rugs cleaned that are to be moved. Leave them rolled and
wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners. If draperies are to be
moved, have them cleaned and ready for alterations that might be needed in
your new home. Collect items that are being cleaned stored or repaired
(clothing, shoes, watches). Empty your locker at any club you are a member
of. Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors.
Also collect things you may have loaned. Decide what to do with your
Set a date with a reliable service person to prepare your appliances for
shipment, preferably the day before the move. Depending on the appliance,
post service may be needed for refrigerator, freezer, range, washer, dryer
and others. For more information, request a free booklet, generally provided
by most Home Removal companies. Pianos and organs need to be prepared for
moving by a specialized technician. Make arrangements to have utilities
disconnected on moving day:
* Cable TV
Plan to keep your telephone in service through moving day in case last
minute calls are necessary. Take pets to the veterinarian. Make sure
identification tags are securely attached to the pet's collar.
Three Days before Moving Day
Instant Aid Box
Pack a box for instant needs on arrival. Mark the box "To be loaded last and
Unloaded first." Package each group of items separately in labeled paper
bags. Here are some suggestions.
* Powdered detergent
* Paper towels
* Dish towels
* Dish cloth
* Kitchen cleanser
* Window cleaner
* Scouring pads
* Paper plates, cups, napkins
* Plastic knives, forks, spoons
* Small saucepan
* Serving spoons
* Aluminum foil
* Easy-to-open cans of pudding
* Dry soup mix
* Sandwich spreads
* Jars of cheese
* Package of crackers
* Boxes of dry cereals
* Instant coffee, tea, chocolate
* Instant creamer, sugar, salt
* Towels and face cloths
* Toilet tissue
* Facial tissue
* Soap, hand lotion, deodorant
* Toothbrushes and toothpaste
* Reading materials
* Last-Minute Packing
* Cellular telephone
* Light bulbs
* Hammer, screwdriver, pliers, assorted nails and screws
* Shelf paper
* Trash bags and ties
* Coloring books and crayons
* A favorite toy or two
Check contents of drawers. Remove all things that can spill or break. Soft
goods such as blankets, pillows, blouses, shirts and lingerie may be left in
drawers. Pin clothing to hangers if it is to be moved in wardrobe cartons to
keep it from slipping off. Remove items left in the attic or other storage
areas. Empty the refrigerator and freezer so they can dry at least 24 hours
before moving. Be careful not to overlook the defrost water pan. Failure to
have the appliances completely dry can lead to mildew and unpleasant odor.
For more information, request a free booklet, Moving Appliances and Other
Home Furnishings, from United Van Lines. Be sure the water is emptied from
your steam iron. Launder all soiled clothing prior to the day the appliance
service technician is expected. Take the telephone directory with you for
contacting former doctors, dentists, suppliers, etc., and for preparing
holiday card lists. Pack suitcases for the trip to the new home. Put in
extra clothing for emergencies. Consider packing a picnic lunch to eat while
traveling. Take along snacks such as fruit and cookies for the children.
Include towels for a quick cleanup. Arrange for a baby-sitter for moving
day, or have older children look after the younger ones.
Loading Your Belongings
* Be on hand when the movers arrive. Otherwise, it is important to let the
mover know to whom you have given authority to take your place. Be sure this
person knows exactly what to do. Remember the person may be asked to sign
documents obligating you to charges.
* Accompany the van operator through the house inspecting and tagging each
piece of furniture with an identifying number. These numbers, along with a
description of your goods and their condition at the time of loading, will
appear on the inventory.
* Be sure the condition of each item is recorded and the van operator has a
clear understanding about what is to be loaded last. It is your
responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the
premises until loading is completed. After making a final tour of the house
to be sure no items have been overlooked, check and sign the inventory. Get
your copy and keep it in a safe place.
* Check to see the van operator has the exact destination address. Be
specific as to where and how you can be reached pending the arrival of your
* Leave the phone connected throughout the moving day. Leave a note listing
your new address in a conspicuous place in the house so the new occupants
will be able to forward any of your mail inadvertently delivered to
Take a last look around:
* Water shut off?
* Gas shut off?
* Air-conditioning shut off?
* Light switches turned off?
* All utilities arranged for disconnection?
* Windows shut and locked?
* Have you left anything?
* Lock the house and leave the keys with a responsible person or in a
At Your Destination
* Contact the destination mover whose name appears on the forms signed as
soon as possible and indicate where and how you can be reached.
* Make sure the house is ready for occupancy before the van arrives. If you
have not already done so, contact the utility companies and make necessary
arrangements for service. Ask if any of them provides free appliance
* Be on hand to accept delivery of your household goods. Otherwise authorize
an adult as your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for
you. Inform the mover of the person so authorized. On the day of delivery,
the van operator will attempt to contact you by phone and make an appearance
at the residence if unable to reach you. If no one appears to accept the
shipment within the free waiting time, the goods will be placed in storage
at the owner's expense.
* 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 any damage and/or missing items
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 the moving company agent at destination immediately.
(You must file the claim yourself; the van operator cannot do it for
* To save time and confusion, place a floor plan of your new home at the
entrance the movers will use, indicating where each piece of furniture
* When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct,
including the lying of rugs and setting up of bed frames, box springs and
mattresses. However, appliances and fixtures may not be installed. At your
request and additional cost, the agent may arrange for this service and for
refilling of waterbed mattresses.
* To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic equipment
and certain major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery,
allowing them time to adjust to room temperature. If you have paid for
unpacking, you are entitled to unpacking service and removal of the
* If you have not already done so, contact the utility companies and make
necessary arrangements for service. Ask if any of them provides free
appliance connection service.
* Make arrangements for reinstallation of appliances.
* Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place. You will need
them for verification of moving expenses and for filing your income tax
returns. For more information on tax-deductible moving expenses, consult an
Accountant or Tax specialist.
* Check with the post office for any mail being held and ask for delivery to
* Have your medical and dental records transferred after selecting a family
physician and dentist.
* You may want to select a Lawyer to discuss laws pertaining 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 and the like. Most laws affect a family as soon as
residence in the new state and city is established. Register to vote.
* Locate the selected schools. Take the children, introduce yourself and
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