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Move Smart! Learn Basic Moving Facts! Don't Make Foolish Mistakes!
Just a little amount of reading can prevent you from wasting time and money.
Just learning some basic hints and tricks can be very valuable.
Read all of the following moving tips.
Better yet, buy a "How to" book like the popular "Dummies" series.
These types of books provide a huge amount of necessary moving information.
Many of these books are sold in
Amazon's Library of Moving Books.
Checklist for moving is a complete, step-by-step moving summary.
With so many things to think about, this comprehensive checklist for moving helps you stay on track. Copy and Paste the text below into any word processing program and print.
Get an itemized list of all moving related costs and review with mover, including packing, loading, special charges, insurance, vehicles (if needed), etc.
File a change of address. You can do this online and, with one stop, have all interested parties notified.
Contact utility companies to disconnect, transfer or connect services. This can also be done online.
Call your newspaper courier, lawn services and others and set a date to cancel your subscription.
Make sure all library books have been returned and that all dry cleaning or items out for repair have been picked up.
Start packing items you don't use often. Also start disposing of the items you've designated for a yard sale, donation or the junk yard. If you donate, be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes.
Decide if you will keep your plants or give them away. Plants cannot be loaded with your other household goods.
Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons.
Have your automobile(s) serviced.
Contact your bank and/or credit union to transfer or close accounts. Clear out safety deposit boxes. Pick up traveler's checks or cash for "on the road" expenses.
Finish packing and prepare an "essentials" box. Designate several boxes and items as "last load" items. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately.
Drain gas and oil from your mower and other motors. Gas grills, kerosene heaters, etc. need to be emptied as well.
Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day.
Prepare all appliances for loading.
Fill any necessary prescriptions, medications needed for the next two weeks.
If you're moving out of a building with elevators, arrange with management for use of elevators on move day.
Use extra care in securing your load. Make sure the truck is locked and not parked in a vulnerable location.
Prepare specific directions to your new home for your moving company (drivers), including your travel itinerary and emergency numbers.
Do NOT disconnect your telephone until the day after loading.
If you have further questions or comments not covered in the checklist for moving, go to the moving blog to search the archives for more answers, post your questions and share your experiences. The moving community would love to hear from you! ↑Top
- Moving Guide tells how to pack, ship, move and hire a mover (check list included).
- Moving Blog for your moving questions, answers and experiences.
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