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The Moving Checklist

Countdown to a successful move - the moving checklist

       When you book a move with Basic Moving, we help you organize your move with a document we call Move Plan. Your Move Plan contains all the essential information for your move including dates, addresses, inventory of items to be moved, and contact information.


       Here are some of the tips we suggest you include in your own Move Plan. When it comes to moving, being prepared is more than half the battle.


       We suggest that you start the moving process at least four weeks before your scheduled move date. This will provide you with plenty of time to complete all of the details that accompany moving.


       Choose a mover–Check out our tips for choosing a mover. Make an informed decision and then lean on them to help you with the process.


       Organize–Create a “move book,” using a large noticeable notebook, to centralize all the important details of your move. It should contain any estimates you receive, lists you make, contact information and contents of boxes once you start packing.


4 weeks
      • File a change of address form with the Post Office.
      • Notify creditors, magazines and book/music clubs of your new address.
      • Retrieve your family's medical records and ask doctors and dentists to recommend a colleague near your new home.
      • Decide which items can be sold, discarded or donated to charity. (We can donate or discard the items for you)
      • Complete your own inventory of each possession, including date purchased and estimated value. A move is a great opportunity to take stock of your belongings. We will help you create a detailed list of the things you have. This list can be used for valuing your belongings for coverage, for keeping your packing organized, and just for your peace of mind.
      • Change of address notifications–Complete a U.S. Postal Service Change of Address form online, at http://www.usps.com/. You must notify credit card and utility companies, newspaper subscriptions, and Internet and cable providers that you are moving. Check into their procedures ahead of time. You may need to return your old cable box or join a waiting list for installation. You can Connect/Disconnect all of your local utilities Here.
      • Notify your children's schools, your church and other organizations of your impending move.

3 weeks
      • Decide which items you will be packing yourself.
      • Order boxes–Our relocation specialists can suggest the appropriate number and style of boxes for your move. You can also check out our offerings at our online box store. Make sure you start packing well in advance and you have all the materials you need to get the job done. Basic Moving will deliver boxes and can even help you pack and unpack if you choose.
      • Pack–Pack what you don’t use. Items, you do not immediately need, such as books, can be packed at this point. Keep your list up to date. Do not make the boxes too heavy for a person to carry, and place heavier objects at the bottom.
      • Notify buildings and make proper arrangements–Be in close contact with building management at both locations. Reserve freight elevators, make sure the day you choose to move works for your new building. Make sure your mover has proper insurance coverage to meet your building’s requirements.
      • Sketch out a general floor plan of your new home to determine the placement of furnishings.
      • Make a list of important names, addresses and phone numbers, and be sure to take your phone book with you.
      • Contact your bank and transfer the contents of your safety deposit box.
      • Check your homeowner's policy to see if moving is covered by your insurer.
      • Transfer insurance to cover fire, theft and personal property at your new home.


2 weeks

      • Plan your own trip to your new home and make the necessary travel arrangements for your family.
      • Arrange for the proper servicing of all appliances at your origin and destination.
      • Discontinue regular services like newspaper delivery, trash pick-up and lawn service.


1 week
      • Determine which items you will be taking with you (jewelry, etc.). Pack and set them aside in a designated area.
      • Drain the fuel from lawnmowers and other gas-powered equipment.


Moving out:
      • Plan to be at your current home when our movers arrive and throughout the loading of your shipment. If you're not able to be there, make sure the driver has the name and number of the person you've designated to oversee the process.
      • Check the condition of your goods as they are loaded.
      • Make a final tour of your home/property and verify that nothing has been overlooked.
      • Lock all doors and windows and turn off all switches.


Moving in:
      • If possible, check your new home a day early to make sure utilities are connected.
      • Plan the placement of major items in/around your home.
      • Keep your moving receipts for income tax deductions–In many cases, moving expenses are deductible from federal income taxes. If you are moving because of a change in employment, you may be able to claim this deduction even if you do not itemize. Consult your tax preparer.