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Moving Tips.

Of Special Note:

  • Movers and packers undergo hands-on training. Let them help you make your move a smooth one.
  • Keep adequate space in front of your home for the van on moving day.
  • Before you leave, do a last minute walk-through, turn off lights, turn down/off heat or A/C, close windows and lock all doors.

Don’t Pay to Move What You Don’t Need or Want:

Charges are based on the actual weight of your shipment and mileage. Your personal Move Coordinator will arrange a pre-move survey to give you an estimate of costs. At that time, you can decide how much or little of the packing you want to do.
  • Dispose of dangerous, flammable materials such as solvents, aerosol cans, propane, bleaches, paints, thinners, gasoline, ammunition, fluorescent bulbs, liquors and any liquids that are not factory sealed. It’s illegal to load them in the van.
  • Plants should be given away, shipped separately or taken with you personally.
  • Jewelry, coin collections, cash, important documents, stamp collections and securities should be carried with you.

Storage:

  • If considering storage for items such as heirlooms, cars, antiques or other extraordinary items, ask your provider if they offer temperature-controlled, round-the-clock fully protected vaults, customized containers and more.

Family & Pets Come First:

  • Moving while school is in session has been reported by some specialists as beneficial to families with children—the experience of making new friends and having activities to look forward to help ease the anxiety of moving. Ultimately, if you have children and you have to move during school, talk to school officials and guidance counselors to helps your children with the transition.
  • Involve the whole family in the move, so everyone feels part of it.
  • Involve older children in decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of.
  • If possible, arrange for young children and elderly family members to stay with friends or relatives on moving day.
  • Have favorite toys on hand for younger children — regardless of your mode of travel.
  • Prepare special “first night in our new home” boxes for youngsters and elderly family members. Include favorite items, as well as necessary things such as toiletries, flashlights and more.
  • When packing for your first few days, pack weather-appropriate clothes, a favorite stuffed animal, extra diapers, bottles, nipples, pre-packaged snacks, storybooks, toys, vitamins, medications, medical, appliances, pictures and anything else appropriate.
  • If elderly family members are flying with you, alert the airlines when making your reservations to request special accommodations, such as wheelchairs or special in-flight meals. And consult with their doctor for any special considerations.
  • Try to board pets during moving days. Contact your veterinarian about updating vaccinations and forwarding your pet’s records.

If You’re Packing Yourself, Pack Smart:

  • Pack ahead of time and in small increments.
  • List high-value items on the special form provided by your mover — typically all items worth more than $100 per pound or $2,000 total are considered high value, and need to be disclosed to your mover before moving day.
  • Use sturdy cartons with lids that can be completely sealed.
  • Indicate contents and the room where each carton should go in your new home.
  • Pack heavier items on the bottom, lighter ones on top. Use soft cushioning material to protect breakables and prevent shifting.
  • Use smaller cartons for heavier items and larger cartons for light and bulky objects such as pillows and quilts.
  • Pack delicate glass-ware and fragile items individually (the moving company has supplies that will meet all your packaging needs. Ask your Move Coordinator for a list of items available.)
  • Mirrors, antiques and large, odd-shaped items require crating and should be marked FRAGILE. Obtain written appraisals for any valuables.
  • Major appliances should be clean, dry and disconnected for moving day.
  • Look under beds for forgotten items.
  • Seal cartons with “Packed by Owner” tape, available from your mover.
  • Don’t try to do everything yourself. Your mover’s packers are fast, efficient and careful.

Be Available:

  • Keep in touch with your Move Coordinator throughout the planning stage, so issues can be resolved quickly.
  • Make sure you can be reached in case of emergency. Have a mobile or secondary number so you can be contacted.
  • You or someone you trust should be on hand — with a detailed list of contents — to guide the movers through your home during packing, loading, unloading and unpacking.
  • Provide family, friends and colleagues your new street address, phone number and e-mail address before you move.

Get The Facts:

  • Know what is included in the cost of your move. This will eliminate misunderstandings and confusion and assure a smooth move from start to finish.
  • If you’re planning a company-paid relocation, obtain the moving policy details in writing. Many companies have a prepared policy; ask your manager or Human Resources Representative for a detailed document.
  • Know exactly what furnishings and possessions you'll be taking with you. Make a complete list of all the items you'll be moving and their values.
 
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