planning your move
Planning a move is one of the most stressful times in a person's life. In order to make your move go as smoothly as possible, we have provided the following information to help you plan your move:
- Moving Checklist
- Most Forgotten Items
- Moving Tips
- Packing Tips
- New City Information
- Trip Kit
- Change Of Address
With so much on your mind, it is impossible to remember everything you need to finish before your move. Sign up for Mayflower’s Moving Reminder Checklist by entering your name, email address and the date of your move. Mayflower will email weekly reminders to you during the eight weeks prior to your move. Put your mind at ease and make your move easier by allowing us to remind you of each important step as they occur.
We suggest adding these points to the top of your moving preparation list:
- Destination Communication – If you do not carry a working cell phone, be sure to establish new telephone service at your new residence as soon as possible. Preferably, before delivery day so there is a means of communication available between you and the company.
- For The Record – Obtaining copies of your medical records, including your dentist, veterinarian and vaccine/immunization information can often be overlooked. In some cases, a notarized letter is required to receive the official documentation; you may need to contact the American Medical Records Association to determine your new state’s procedure.
- For The Record II – Your child’s permanent school record cannot follow him or her through life if it’s left behind. In addition, school records are usually required when registering your child at their new school. Often, copies will not be sufficient, and records with a raised seal will be necessary.
- Old Phone Numbers – Pack phone books from your old town. You may think you’ll remember the numbers you frequently call now, but more likely, you’ll spend a small fortune on directory assistance charges to contact old friends or tie up loose ends.
- Taken To The Cleaners – Remember to complete transactions with local businesses (for example, picking up your dry cleaning).
- Where You’re Moving To – In the flurry of preparing for the move, you may often forget your forwarding address – important information when forwarding periodicals and credit card bills, as well as keeping in touch with old friends. Always keep your new address handy in your wallet or purse.
- Spic And Span – Although your focus will be on your new home or apartment, you can’t forget about preparing the old residence for your exit. Remember to leave out cleaning supplies for the final "once-over" before closing the door for good, or make arrangements in advance for a service to clean it for you.
- The Opener – Many people often forget to take the electric garage door opener out of their car before leaving. Remember to leave the opener for the new tenants or owners.
- Remember Rover – In most cases, moving companies cannot transport animals or plants. Remember to make arrangements for their transfer, as well. The U.S. Post office has provided information to help you arrange moving your pets. Click here to visit the post office.
- Bank On It – Many people forget to retrieve important documents from their safe deposit box. It is also wise to establish a checking account in your new town about a month prior to your move so that you have immediate access to your account.
- Keys To Success – The collection of spare house keys can often be forgotten. Whether it means getting them from neighbors who kept them, or retrieving them from under the rock next to the front door, don’t forget to gather all sets before you depart.
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- Clear out unwanted goods &ndash hold a garage sale.
- Get rid of flammables &ndash paint, petrol, gas cylinders.
- Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on.
- Clothes &ndash do you need them all? Charity shops may want them.
- Separate books &ndash disposable, family reading, valuable.
- Check all electrical goods &ndash will they work in the new home?
- Start making up your change of address list.
- Arrange to have mail forwarded.
- Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
- If you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if you still have their original boxes.
- Have rugs cleaned.
- If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you.
- Round up personal documentation &ndash marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses and so on.
- Keep passports separate so they are not packed.
- Want to take the car? Check on import regulations and the duty payable.
- With regards to family pets&ndash make sure vaccinations and documentation are up to date.
- Will your new home be ready? If not, you need to arrange temporary storage.
- Shops, schools, theaters, life styles &ndash it’s never too early to find out about your new home.
- Start running down freezer stocks.
- Arrange your finances &ndash close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts and so on, if necessary.
If you decide to pack yourself, plan on at least six weeks to pack and get ready for your move. We offer the following packing suggestions:
- Before you start packing, determine the items you want to throw away, give away or sell.
- Moving is a good time to get rid of items you no longer need. You will save money and have less to pack and unpack. Give yourself enough time to make these decisions.
- Don’t just start packing – plan how you will pack. Pack items you seldom use first. Pack items of similar size and weight together. Don’t make any carton too heavy to easily lift.
- Always use proper packing cartons and wrapping materials. Use professional packing tape, which is a wide, strong, clear or brown tape. Masking tape is not strong enough to support the weight of a fully packed carton. Tape all cartons closed on the top and bottom – don’t just fold the end flaps closed. Use crumpled, unprinted newspaper to pack items in boxes.
- Label the contents on the outside of all boxes, along with the rooms to which they should be delivered in your new home. When packing fragile items, clearly mark "fragile" on the outside of the box, with arrows on the sides to indicate the correct upright position.
- Indicate boxes holding essential items, such as cooking utensils, bedding, linens and toiletries that need to be opened first by writing "open first" on the box and making sure these are the last boxes to be loaded onto the moving van.
Certain possessions require specific care when packing:
- Wrap each item separately in unprinted newspaper, and use a specially partitioned box such as the "dishpak" (available from Mayflower).
- First, wrap the stems for extra protection; then wrap each glass individually and place upside down in a partitioned box.
- Mirrors and glass-covered photos and artwork
- Cross the glass with a series of masking tape "Xs" to help strengthen the glass, then wrap in a generous cushion of clean paper, and place in a flattened packing or telescoping carton.
- Nest utensils in groups of three or four, wrap securely and place in silver chest or cushioned box.
- Lamp Shades
- Handle shades only by the wire frames; place in large boxes. Shades can be nested in one box if separated by clean paper.
- Clothes can be folded and boxed. For faster unpacking, you can obtain special wardrobe boxes from your mover, allowing you to neatly pack by leaving clothes on hangers.
- Small appliances, computers, stereo equipment
- If possible, pack small appliances, computers, stereo equipment and VCRs in their original boxes. Otherwise, cushion appliances with crumpled packing paper. Tape down moving parts, such as stereo turntable tone arms.
- Glass jars and bottles
- Pack with bubble wrap or several layers of paper. Secure stoppers or lids with masking tape to the top of the jar or bottle. Don’t move flammable items.
- Statuary, figurines, curios
- Wrap generously in bubble pack, wrap in a layer of clean paper and pack in boxes with plenty of crumpled paper or foam packing "peanuts" in between items. Objects with delicate appendages, such as candelabras or figurines with extended arms, shodld be wrapped with extra bubble pack and surrounded by extra packing material.
- Record albums, tapes, CDs
- Stack these items on end so they can absorb shock with less chance of damage. Pack tightly so they’re secure and can’t shift.
- Antiques, delicate furniture
- Movers can supply specially made crates to secure and ship fragile items and antiques.
- Moving to a new city brings with it a lot of uncertainty. We have provided these valuable tools to make your research easier.
- Search for a home in your new city using www.realtor.com, the Official Internet Site of the National Association of Realtors®.
- Search for businesses in your new area using SmartPages Internet Yellow Pages.
- To research schools in your new area, visit The School Report.
- For more information on your new city, visit Yahoo! Local.
We recommend putting aside essential articles in a "Trip Kit." The kit, usually made of a moving box small enough for a family to take with them to their new home, acts as a collection point for important papers and necessary items that should not be boxed up during the busy sorting and packing process.
The U.S. Post Office has provided information to help you notify all of the necessary parties of your move. Visit the USPS website.