Planning Your Move
One Month before Making the Move:
Start a moving expenses book. Some of your expenses may be tax deductible, so be sure to save the receipts.
Make an appointment with the moving company rep to come to your home to discuss the move Ask for an experienced driver who will be responsible for packing and moving your things Ask about cost, timing requirements, the company’s liability in case of damage or loss Make special arrangements for moving a piano, antiques, appliances etc. Obtain a written commitment from the moving company you choose. Ask for recent referrals and phone them Make any necessary arrangements to move family, ie: hotel reservations, plane tickets etc. Gather together all important documents and store them in a safe place – such as safety deposit box. Take a good look at what is worth taking and what is not. Be ruthless. Have a garage sale or rent a garage bin and get rid of all the stuff you really do not need. Make plans for the children and pets for moving day Arrange for school and records for transfers to new schools and Doctor’s records to new office. Get boxes, packing paper, heavy twine and/or masking tape if you are packing yourself Stop or transfer newspaper and other home deliveries. Make a floor plan of your new home and plan where everything will go. Take necessary measurements, do not try to guess.
Two Weeks before the Move:
Return all items you have borrowed including library books. Dispose of flammable items. Book freight elevator if you are moving in or out of an apartment. When packing, number all the boxes. Keep an inventory list. Label each box with the room where it belongs in your new home. Seal boxes.
One Week before the Move
Prepare a list of all items you plan to take with you personally. Include all jewellery and any valuables which you do not wish to entrust to movers. Dismantle and/or unfasten anything that requires it. Prepare a list of everything that is left to do. Confirm the booking for the moving company Defrost and air the deep freezer.
2 Days before the Move
Do your last laundry. Disconnect and drain the washing machine. Finish packing
The Day before the Move
Lead packers around the house and make sure they understand all your written instructions. Gather together all keys for the new owners, including garage and shed. Pack items that you will carry with you: Mark them; DO NOT LOAD! THIS IS FOR THE CAR!
Conduct a final check for possible forgotten items. Check inventory for number of boxes – break down by room. Check Mover’s Bill of Lading against your inventory. Turn the heat down.
Arrive at your new house before the movers. Take milk, bread, coffee, tea with you. It will be a long day. Verify that the utilities have been turned on. Give copies of your floor plan to the movers. As your goods arrive, examine each item carefully as it is put in place and check off y our inventory. Note any damage. You won’t be able to check goods which have not been unpacked, so above your signature on the Bill of Lading write “Subject to loss or hidden damage. The first priorities for unpacking will be the children’s rooms, TV and radio, and basic kitchen supplies. Take a deep breath and accept the fact that it will take a while to settle in
Address & Info Changes
A list of things you may need to do and places to which you may want to change your address:
Finances / Legal
bank - open/ close/transfer accounts - allow time for imprinted checks
set up any automatic withdrawals / payments at new account
empty safe deposit box - arrange safe deposit box at new location
homeowner's / renter's content insurance
gas / electricity
arrange for return of any security deposit on file
home security company
Employment & Community Associations:
employee health benefit company
return keys to community facilities
arrange for return of security deposit/unused portion of dues
place of Worship
gardener / lawn care / snow removal company
other services (laundry, dry cleaners, etc.)
return library books, video rentals, etc.
arrange for transfer of medical history file to new vet
find out about necessary licenses, vaccinations, etc. at new location
arrange for transport to new location
Health - get referral to new service providers & arrange for transfer of files/history/x-rays/prescriptions
Memberships / Subscriptions: arrange for return of any deposit on file or unused portion of membership
cancel / transfer membership to gym/health club, etc.
cancel / transfer motor club membership ~ CAA
other clubs / groups
schools (arrange for children's school records to be transferred), universities, colleges, alumni associations
magazines, periodicals, newsletters, catalogues
airline frequent flyer club memberships
collect all keys to current residence and mail box
return keys to neighbours/friends that you might have
Remove anything from secret hiding places or from a safe
Leave your forwarding address with the new owner / tenant and offer to pay postage to forward mail.
Leave for new owner / occupant: architectural / landscape plans; instruction manuals etc
have printed with new address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, etc to give to friends and family
Century 21 Bachman & Associates
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