2 MONTHS BEFORE MOVE
● Create a floor plan of new home for furniture placement. Sell or donate unneeded pieces.
● Make a home inventory. Begin to remove clutter. Start with basement, attic, and garage.
● Start a file of moving paperwork and expenses. Can be used for tax credit and claims.
● For kids: Arrange to transfer school records.
● For family: Arrange to transfer medical, dental, legal records.
**Ask for referrals!**
● For pets: Transfer veterinary records. Take pets for immunization if necessary.
● Get your new home ready. Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, locksmiths, roofers, etc.
● Banking: Prepare to transfer financial and safety deposit box contents to new branch.
● Documents: Be sure all personal, family, and financial records are accounted for:
● Birth certificates, passports, insurance, medical, dental, legal, and academic records.
● Obtain missing documents from authorities.
● Sign all paperwork with Cali Relocation Systems and obtain this Welcome Packet to ensure your move is seamless!
● Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move.
6 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
● Obtain and fill out post office change of address cards. An Online Change of Address Form is available at USPS.com/move
● File change of address with the Federal Government.
● Make arrangements for storage, if necessary. **We can help you with that!
● Get antiques or valuables appraised.
● Order moving materials: boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and other supplies.
● Start to pack: Seasonal clothing, sports gear, and other items not in immediate use.
● Clean out closets and drawers.
● Hold a garage or moving sale. Items that don’t sell give to charity or friends/family.
● Prepare antiques and collectibles for extra special moving care.
● Arrange special travel arrangements for kids and pets.
4 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
● Notify friends and family of new address. Send change of address cards.
● Schedule disconnection of all utility services at old home, and connection at new home.
● Telephone, cell phone, electric, gas, water, cable, satellite, internet.
● Banks, credit cards, magazines, employer, clubs, associations.
● Contact insurance company for moving coverage and to transfer policy to new home.
● Apartments/Condos: Reserve elevators and/or loading dock for move. See if moving permits are required.
● Hold a second moving sale. Donate to charity. Yes, you probably still have too much stuff.
● Arrange for cleaning or repair of drapes, furniture and carpet.
3 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
● Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved (i.e. plants, paints, cleaners, propane, flammables)
● Recycle electronics, plastics, metals, papers, etc.
● Prepare automobile registration and driver’s license if moving out of state.
● For kids & pets: arrange child care or pet care for moving day. Arrange flights or special travel arrangements for during the move.
● Start a file for new homeowner: roof, maintenance, appliance manuals.
● Use up your food, this is a good time to eat all those frozen pizzas you have stockpiled.
● Have your car serviced, especially if you are moving long distance. Check brakes, tires, windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)
● Don’t forget to prepare for moving insurance. Accidents can happen and you should protect your valuables.
● Notify Cali Relocation Systems if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to verify that your destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached are up to date.
● Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points.
● If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.
2 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
● Prepare for sale or disposal of items not sold during garage or moving sales.
● Return borrowed items (friends, library). Collect lent items (CDs, books, toys).
● Transfer prescriptions. **Be sure to have enough medication on hand!**
● Pick up laundry and dry cleaning.
● Decide what to do with house plants. We cannot safely move your plants because they may suffer from lack of water and light, as well as probably temperature changes while moving.
● Some states permit the entry of all house plants, while others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations. You can find answers on these websites: Department of Agriculture, National Gardening Association, Better Homes & Gardens.
● Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations.
1 WEEK BEFORE MOVE
● Re-confirm your travel arrangements. Do not schedule travel during your 2 day pickup window.
● Pack a Travel Kit. Plan for a minimum of two weeks worth of necessities. Put aside the following critical items beforehand:
● Financial: check book, credit cards, cash, traveler’s checks, etc.
● Travel: passports, birth certificates, ID, keys.
● Papers for Moving: inventory lists, measurements, lease agreements.
● Baby Care: diapers, stroller, car seat, medications, clothing.
● Children: toys, medications, books, clothing.
● Kitchen: essential dishes, utensils, food for the first few days.
● Personal: bedding, clothing, toiletries, medicine, bandages.
● Pack a Suitcase: have items on hand in case there are unexpected delays with your belongings.
● Cell phone: keep your charger handy and any portable charging units.
● Settle any bills with local businesses.
● Clean lawnmower underneath of all grass and debris. Drain gas and oil out of lawnmower and any other gas operated equipment 72 hours prior to pickup.
DAY BEFORE THE MOVE
● Defrost refrigerator and freezer, clean the interior walls, drawers, and shelves; keep doors open to dry out. This will prevent any mold forming while being transported.
● Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move. Drain all water out of washing machines, and avoid doing anymore loads of laundry prior to the move.
● Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.
● Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.
● Set aside the Travel Kit you prepared the week prior.
● Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new home. Mark “Last Load” on box.
● Confirm hotel or accomodation and have several copies of directions to your new home printed out.
● If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go.
● If Cali Relocation Systems is doing the packing be sure to point out to the packers any extra-fragile needing special attention. Mark appropriately any items you do not want packed or moved.
● It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is complete. After taking a final tour of the house, check and sign the inventory.
● Approve and sign the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill. It states the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment. Be sure to sign the declared valuation statement.
● Complete and sign the High-Value Inventory Form, whether or not items of extraordinary value are included in the shipment. You also need to sign and date the “Extraordinary (Unusual) Value Article Declaration” box on the Bill of Lading, if applicable to your shipment.
● Ensure our Truck Operator has the exact destination address. Be sure to let them know how you can be reached, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your household goods.
● For kids & pets: Drop off kids and pets at pre-arranged care site.
● Make note of all utility meter readings.
● Do a final clean up of old home. Be sure to leave toilet paper and paper towels.
● Breathe. Moving is stressful.
● Be prepared to pay the remainder of your balance, if applicable. **NOTE: it is customary to tip the movers, have cash on hand to do so.
● Check boxes and belongings. Note on the inventory record any damage immediately.