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Moving – 37 essential short range & 53 essential long range planning tips

“Make your move as hassle free as possible! Take the time to properly plan your move.”

We have both brochures available for downloading here.

Three Days before Moving Day

1. Instant Aid Box

Pack a box for instant needs on arrival.

Mark the box "To be loaded last and Unloaded first."

Package each group of items separately in labeled paper bags.

Here are some suggestions.

 Cleaning
 Powdered detergent
 Sponge
 Paper towels
 Dish towels
 Dish cloth
 Kitchen cleanser
 Window cleaner
 Scouring pads
 Kitchen
 Paper plates, cups, napkins
 Plastic knives, forks, spoons
 Small saucepan
 Serving spoons
 Aluminum foil
 Snacks
 Easy-to-open cans of pudding
 Dry soup mix
 Sandwich spreads
 Jars of cheese
 Package of crackers
 Boxes of dry cereals
 Instant coffee, tea, chocolate  Instant creamer, sugar, salt
 Bathroom
 Towels and face cloths
 Toilet tissue
 Facial tissue
 Soap, hand lotion, deodorant
 Toothbrushes and toothpaste
 Miscellaneous
 Reading materials
 Puzzles
 Last-Minute Packing
 Cellular telephone
 Light bulbs
 Flashlight
 Hammer, screwdriver, pliers, assorted nails and screws
 Shelf paper
 Trash bags and ties
 Children
 Coloring books and crayons
 A favorite toy or two

2. Complete the "Take-with-Me Inventory" checklist

3. Check contents of drawers

Remove all things that can spill or break.

Soft goods such as blankets, pillows, blouses, shirts and lingerie may be left in drawers.

4. Pin clothing to hangers

If it is to be moved in wardrobe cartons to keep it from slipping off.

Remove items left in the attic or other storage areas.

5. Empty the refrigerator and freezer

So they can dry at least 24 hours before moving

Be careful not to overlook the defrost water pan.

Failure to have the appliances completely dry can lead to mildew and unpleasant odor.

For more information, request a booklet, Moving Appliances and Other Home Furnishings, from United Van Lines.

6. Be sure the water is emptied from your steam iron

7. Launder all soiled clothing

Prior to the day the appliance service technician is expected.

8. Take the telephone directory

With you for contacting former doctors, dentists, suppliers, etc., and for preparing holiday card lists.

9. Pack suitcases

For the trip to the new home. Put in extra clothing for emergencies.

10. Consider packing a picnic lunch to eat while traveling

Take along snacks such as fruit and cookies for the children.

11. Include towels for a quick cleanup.

12. Arrange for a baby-sitter

For moving day, or have older children look after the younger ones.

Moving Day

Loading Your Belongings

13. Be on hand when the movers arrive

Otherwise, it is important to let the Removal list (packing person) know to whom you have given authority to take your place.

Be sure this person knows exactly what to do.

Remember the person may be asked to sign documents obligating you to charges.

14. Accompany the van operator

Through the house inspecting and tagging each piece of furniture with an identifying number.

These numbers, along with a description of your goods and their condition at the time of loading, will appear on the inventory.

15. Be sure the condition

Of each item is recorded and the van operator has a clear understanding about what is to be loaded last.

16. It is your responsibility

To see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is completed.

After making a final tour of the house to be sure no items have been overlooked, check and sign the inventory.

Get your copy and keep it in a safe place.

17. Check to see the van operator

Has the exact destination address.

Be specific as to where and how you can be reached pending the arrival of your household goods.

18. Leave the phone

Connected throughout the moving day

19. Leave a note listing your new address

In a conspicuous place in the house so the new occupants will be able to forward any of your mail inadvertently delivered to them.

20. Take a last look around

 Water shut off?
 Gas shut off?
 Air-conditioning shut off?
 Light switches turned off?
 All utilities arranged for disconnection?
 Windows shut and locked?
 Have you left anything?
 Lock the house and leave the keys with a responsible person or in a prearranged location.

At Your Destination

21. Contact the destination Removal list

Whose name appears on the forms signed as soon as possible and indicate where and how you can be reached.

22. Make sure the house is ready

For occupancy before the van arrives.

23. If you have not already done so

Contact the utility companies and make necessary arrangements for service.

Ask if any of them provides free appliance connection service.

24. Be on hand to accept delivery

Of your household goods.

Otherwise authorize an adult as your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.

Inform the Removal list of the person so authorized.

On the day of delivery, the van operator will attempt to contact you by phone and make an appearance at the residence if unable to reach you.

If no one appears to accept the shipment within the free waiting time, the goods will be placed in storage at the owner's expense.

25. Check your household goods

As they are unloaded.

If there is a change in the condition of the property from that noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note any damage and/or missing items on the van operator's copy of the inventory sheet.

By signing the inventory sheet, you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed.

26. Personally report

Any loss or damage to the moving company agent at destination immediately.

You must file the claim yourself; the van operator cannot do it for you.

27. To save time and confusion

Place a floor plan of your new home at the entrance the movers will use, indicating where each piece of furniture should go.

Then unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including the lying of rugs and setting up of bed frames, box springs and mattresses.

However, appliances and fixtures may not be installed. At your request and additional cost, the agent may arrange for this service and for refilling of waterbed mattresses.

28. To prevent possible damage

Television sets, other electronic equipment and certain major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.

29. If you have paid for unpacking

You are entitled to unpacking service and removal of the cartons.

Getting Settled

30. If you have not already done so

Contact the utility companies and make necessary arrangements for service.

Ask if any of them provides free appliance connection service.

31. Make arrangements

For reinstallation of appliances.

32. Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place

You will need them for verification of moving expenses and for filing your income tax returns.

For more information on tax-deductible moving expenses, consult an Accountant or Tax specialist.

33. Check with the post office

For any mail being held and ask for delivery to start.

34. Have your medical and dental records

Transferred after selecting a family physician and dentist.

35. You may want to select a Lawyer

Discuss laws pertaining to your destination province, county and/or city.

Be sure to cover such matters as wills, transfers of property and investments, insurance regulations, inheritance laws, taxes and the like.

Most laws affect a family as soon as residence in the new province and city is established.

36. Register to vote

37. Locate the selected schools

Take the children, introduce yourself and register them.


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