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Moving Tips

 
Our moving tips are here to ensure that your move is a smooth one and that nothing gets left out!

Two Months Before Moving

 
  • Sort through your belongings to reduce the number of things you move.
  • Have a garage sale or donate items you no longer need to charity.
  • Decide whether to move yourself or hire professionals. Call Lindeman's Professional Movers!
  • Gather packing supplies: boxes, packing material, tape, felt markers and scissors.
  • If you're moving a long distance, make travel arrangements with the airline, hotel, and rental car agency.
  • If you're driving to your new home, get maps and plan your travel route.
  • Save all moving receipts, because some moving expenses may be tax deductible. Check the current tax code for requirements.
  • Place your legal, medical, financial and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
  • Purchase insurance coverage for valuables to be moved.

 
 

One Month Before Moving

  • Start packing items that aren't regularly used such as off-season clothes and decorations and items in storage areas (garage, attic and closets).
  • Make travel arrangements for your pets.
  • If you're driving, get your car tuned up.
  • Get medical records from your doctors, dentist, optometrist and veterinarian.
  • Send items (rugs, drapes, clothing, quilts, bedding) to the cleaners.
  • Back up important computer files to floppy disk.

Two Weeks Before Moving

 
  • Contact your utility companies (gas, electric, water, cable, trash collector, and loca phone service providers) and notify them of your move.
  • Sign up for services at your new address.
  • Contact your long distance phone company and notify them of your move.
  • Call friends and family and recruit help for the moving day if necessary.
  • Confirm your travel reservations.
  • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate. Pick up items from safety deposit box.
 
 

One Week Before Moving

  • Pick up items from the cleaners, repair shops or friends.
  • Pack a survival kit of clothes, medicines, special foods, and so on to carry you through the day after arrival in your new home.
  • Finish packing all boxes minus what you'll need in the final week.
  • Send change-of-address cards with your new address and phone number to:
    • Friends and family
    • Banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, and other financial institutions.
    • Magazines and newspapers.
    • Doctors, lawyer, accountant, realtor, and other service providers.
    • State and federal tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed.
    • Workplace, schools, and alma maters.
    • Voter registration office and motor vehicle bureau.

Moving Day

Carry with you:
  • The keys to your new home.
  • Map of new town and directions to your house.
  • The telephone number of the moving company.
  • Cash or traveler's checks.
  • Documentation related to the sale of your home.
  • Your insurance policies and agent's phone number.
  • Your current address book or personal planner.
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicines.
  • Enough clothing to get by if the movers are late.
  • Any important personal records and documents.
  • Any items of great personal value to you that are virtually irreplaceable (for example, a photo album).
  • Back-up copies of important computer files.
  • Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home.
  • Personal hygiene items (for example, toothpaste, soap, razor).

Arrival Day

  • Show movers where to place furniture and boxes.
  • Check inventory to ensure that everything was delivered before signing delivery papers.
    • Note any damages on the inventory sheet.
      • Tip: It's helpful to have the movers read off the inventory numbers on boxes and furniture while you check the inventory list.
  • Unpack any valuable items, such as silver, art, and jewelry, upon arrival.

After The Move

  • Walk and drive around your neighborhood and community to orient yourself and your family.
  • Get new drivers licenses, library cards, voter registration cards, and bus passes.
  • Enroll children in school.

10 Most Forgotten Items

Records
Obtain copies of your family's medical records, including any dental and vaccine/immunization information, as well as any veterinary records for the family pet. In some cases, a notarized letter is required to receive official documentation. You may need to contact the American Medical Records Association to determine your new state's needs. You might also consider transferring current prescriptions to a drugstore in your new town.
Another record you'll want to be sure to have is your child's permanent school record. School records are usually required when registering your child at his/her new school. Often, copies are not sufficient and require a raised seal.

Buried Treasure
If you've hidden any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving. You should carry valuable items such as jewelry with you or keep them in a safe deposit box instead of packing them on the moving van.

Old Phone Numbers
Pack phone books from your existing residence to take with you. You may think you'll remember the numbers you frequently call now, but more likely you'll spend a small fortune on directory assistance charges to contact old friends or tie up loose ends.

Taken to the Cleaners
Remember to collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (for example, dry cleaning, shoes, watches, etc.) Also, remember to return library books, movie rentals and anything else you may have checked out.

What's Your New Address?
Keep your new address handy in your wallet or purse. In the flurry of preparing for a move, you may forget your new address - important information when forwarding periodicals, mail and credit cards bills, as well as keeping in touch with old friends.

Spic and span
Remember to leave out cleaning supplies for the final "once-over" before closing the door for good, or make arrangements in advance for a service to clean for you. To reduce the amount of things you take with you, if you are cleaning the home yourself, use up previously purchased cleaning products, and then throw away the empty containers when you leave.

The Opener
Many people often forget to take the electric garage door opener out of their automobile before leaving. Remember to leave the opener for the new residents.

Remember Rover
In most cases, moving companies cannot transport animals or plants. Plan ahead and make arrangements for their safe transfer.

Bank on it
It's wise to open a checking account in your new town about a month prior to your move so that you have immediate access to your funds. It enables you to have a little cash on hand for unexpected expenses. On occasion, retailers will decline to cash "out-of-town" checks.

Keys to success
Remember the collection of spare house keys. Whether it means retrieving keys from neighbors or from under the rock next to the front door, don't forget to gather all sets before you depart.