Things You Should Know about Moving

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Moving - Part 2

Two to Three Weeks before Moving Day

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 listed:

* Electric
* Gas
* Water
* Fuel
* 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 houseplants.

* 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.

* Pianos and organs need to be prepared for moving by a specialized technician.
v * Make arrangements to have utilities disconnected on moving day: - Electric
- Gas
- Water
- Fuel
- 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.

* Cleaning
* Powdered detergent
* Sponge
* Paper towels
* Dish towels
* Dish cloth
* Kitchen cleanser
* Window cleaner
* Scouring pads
* Kitchen
* Paper plates, cups, napkins
* Plastic knives, forks, spoons
* Small saucepan
* Serving spoons
* Aluminum foil
* Snacks
* 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
* Bathroom
* Towels and face cloths
* Toilet tissue
* Facial tissue
* Soap, hand lotion, deodorant
* Toothbrushes and toothpaste
* Reading materials
* Puzzles
* Last-Minute Packing
* Cellular telephone
* Light bulbs
* Flashlight
* Hammer, screwdriver, pliers, assorted nails and screws
* Shelf paper
* Trash bags and ties
* Children
* Coloring books and crayons
* A favorite toy or two

Complete the "Take-with-Me Inventory" checklist

* 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.

* 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.

Moving Day

Loading Your Belongings

* Be on hand when the movers arrive. Otherwise, it is important to let the movers 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 household goods.

* 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 them.

* 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 prearranged location.

At Your Destination

* Contact the destination movers 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 connection service.

* 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 movers 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 you.)

* 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 should go.

* Then 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 cartons.

Getting Settled

* 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 start.

* Have your medical and dental records transferred after selecting a family physician and dentist.

* You may want to select a Lawyer 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 province or state and city is established.

* Register to vote.

* Locate the selected schools. Take the children, introduce yourself and register them.

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