Mover’s Guide - Take the stress out of moving!

When moving, being prepared and organized is what it is all about. Besides the traditional garage sale and packing boxes, there are a few details you won’t want to forget before you begin loading the truck. Don’t procrastinate, it could cost you thousands of dollars.

Plan Ahead

Plan on scheduling your move one month in advance, especially during the peak season between May and September. 80 percent of all moving and storage business is done when schools are out. That’s when employees are most likely to be transferred.

Ask Questions

Get as much information as possible from moving companies before selecting one. Check on truck size and availability. Ask about moving supplies, such as boxes, dollies and furniture pads. Find out about protection plans for your possessions.

Ask about lost or damaged property claim procedures. Determine price differences in packing the truck yourself or having it professionally packed. Get estimates.

Save Your Receipts

Many of your moving expenses are tax deductible, so hang onto your receipts. Consult with your tax advisor to find out what is deductible, or call the Internal Revenue Service and request Publication 521: “Tax Information On Moving Expenses” to find out which moving expenses you can deduct.

Change Your Address

Stop by your local post office and pick up a free change-of-address kit. The packet includes change-of-address cards to notify magazine publishers, charge accounts, clubs, organizations, insurance and investment companies about your move. The kit also has an address forwarding card for the post office.

Collect Documents

If you’re moving out of the area, you’ll need to gather your family’s personal records. Remember to get your medical and dental records, school transcripts, legal documents, titles, bank records, tax records, stocks and bonds certificates, birth certificates, passports and insurance documents. Be sure to empty your safe deposit box.

Cancel Utilities

When you cancel your telephone, gas, electric, garbage, water and other utilities, call and order service for your new home. You’ll be able to make telephone call, plug in the vacuum and do a load of laundry the minute you step into your new home.

Medical, Dental Prescriptions Histories

• Ask Doctor & Dentist for referrals

• Transfer needed prescriptions, eyeglasses, X-rays

• Obtain birth records, medical records, etc.

And Don’t Forget To...

• Empty Freezer

• Defrost and clean refrigerator

• Have appliances serviced before moving

• Clean rugs or clothing before moving

• Check with your Moving Counselor: Insurance coverage, packing & unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment

• Plan for special car needs of infants

On Moving Day

• Carry enough cash or travelers checks to cover cost of moving services and expenses until you make banking connections in the new city

• Carry jewelry and documents yourself, or use registered mail

At Your New Address

• Plan for transporting pets; they are poor travelling companions if unhappy

• Check pilot on stove, water heater, incinerator & furnace

• Register car within 30 days after arrival in state or a penalty may have to be paid when getting new license plate

• Apply for a state driver’s license

• Register children in school

• Arrange for medical services: Doctor, Dentist, etc.

If you need a list of services in your new neighborhood, contact Time Residential about schools, voter registration, auto licensing and registration and utilities and more.