Move Like a Pro
America’s Best Moving Company of Columbus knows relocating can be stressful. This is true whether you are moving your family around the block or your business across the country.
Following this sample schedule can relieve many worries while also helping you tend to all the details. The specific advice applies to a residential move, but much of the guidance makes sense for commercial and specialized moves, as well.
Our team is always happy to answer clients’ questions, so call or reach out to us online at any time.
Eight Weeks Before Moving Day
- Create a system for keeping computer and paper records of all moving-related contracts, expenses, and notes.
- Make a list of all your current possessions, from clothes to cars and furniture to keepsakes and kitchenware.
- Review your household inventory and start getting rid of the stuff you do want to take with you.
- Consult the floor plan for your new residence to make sure everything you plan to move will fit. Now is also a good time to begin deciding where to put the couch, etc.
- Contact your insurance agent to arrange coverages for your new place and your items while they are being moved.
- Start looking into how and when to transfer your children’s school records.
Six Weeks Before You Move
- Clear out your closets, attic, basement, and storage spaces.
- Hold your moving/garage sale for the items you won’t move, toss, or donate. Do not wait until closer to moving day when the sale would be an inconvenient distraction.
- Schedule furniture, drapery, and rug cleanings and repairs.
- Start identifying new doctors, dentists, pharmacists, pet caregivers, and other service providers; ask for referrals and do your homework.
Four Weeks Before You Move
- Start filing change of address notifications. Start with the post office and use this checklist of who else to give your new contact information.
- Start packing if you intend to handle this yourself. If you want America’s Best Moving Company to do your packing, schedule and confirm the date and time for the crew to arrive.
- Begin using up canned goods, pasta, and frozen foods that are easy to replace but awkward and expensive to move.
- Gather personal papers such as medical and dental records, birth certificates, and insurance papers that you will need to show to various people while settling into your new place.
- Finalize travel plans and hotel reservations.
Three Weeks Before You Move
- Schedule utility shutoffs and connections. Make sure you know exactly which services you need for your new place, which can include gas, electric, phone, cable, water, trash, and home owners’ association dues for things like lawn care.
- Schedule the cancellation of your newspaper subscription and make sure all your magazine subscriptions are updated to the new address.
- Arrange for childcare and pet care on moving day.
- If necessary, reserve your building’s elevator for the days of pickup and delivery.
Two Weeks Before You Move
- Arrange to move pets.
- Dispose of all items too dangerous to move, including flammable liquids, old paint, unused medications, and insecticides.
- Have your automobile serviced and ready for the trip.
- Forward regular prescriptions to your new pharmacy and make sure you have adequate supplies of all the medications and supplements you take regularly.
- Check with America’s Best Moving Company about moving houseplants.
- Arrange for the storage of items you wish to keep but cannot move at this time.
One Week Before You Move
- If necessary, empty your bank safe deposit box and transfer your accounts.
- Make sure you have cash and space on your credit cards to cover unexpected expenses. If you are traveling more than one day, consider purchasing traveler’s checks.
- Start cleaning rooms as you empty them, including steam cleaning carpets and scouring the oven. Do not save all the cleaning for a single day.
Two Days Before You Move
- America’s Best Moving Company will arrive to pack your belongings if you contracted for this service.
- Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers for moving.
- Disconnect and drain the washing machine and dishwater if those appliances will be moved.
- Set aside valuable items you want to carry with you, including jewelry and vital documents.
- Be home and prepared to answer questions and give directions to the America’s Best Moving Company crew. Stay on site until the truck(s) is fully loaded and on its way.
- Review the movers’ inventory of what has been loaded. Check that list against the one you prepared two months ago to ensure nothing is getting left behind unintentionally.
- Walk through your house one last time to make sure everything has been loaded.
- Complete the bill of lading and read through it carefully before signing the document.
- Make sure you have your copies of the bill of lading and inventory, and be sure to keep those until your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
- Give the moving van driver directions to your new home.
- Notify the driver and the van line of where you can be reached during the move; a cell phone number works well.
- Be on hand to answer any questions and give directions.
- You must pay the driver before your goods can be unloaded. Federal law permits a mover to keep all items until payment is received.
- Supervise the unloading and unpacking process.
- Check your possessions carefully for any damage and note any breakage or missing items on the inventory before signing off on delivery.