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The Complete Guide to Moving

ERA Show Place Realty would like to make your move as smooth as possible. We have compiled a list to help you remember everything, even the little things, when making your move.

Hiring A Moving Company

If you plan on hiring a moving company, you might want to do some research first. Please review the sites below for more great information about moving and to find a company whose services fit you best.

What do I look for when hiring a moving company?

The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) offers a Certified Mover Program for moving companies throughout the United States. This program consists of professional movers that have agreed to follow “Code of Conduct,” by responding to customers both ethically and in a timely manner.

This group of movers offers:

  • Efficient and reliable transportation of household goods
  • Storage of household goods
  • Professional service
  • Prompt customer service when dealing with complaints
  • Arbitration

Feel free to visit the American Moving and Storage Association for more information.

Moving Yourself

Some homebuyers choose to move themselves and their belongings. If you want to save time and money by taking on this endeavor yourself, be sure that you have ample packing supplies. Please review the sites below for some informative resources about purchasing boxes, bubble wrap, labels and tape.

Two Months Before your move

  • Get moving quotes if you are planning on using a professional mover.
  • If you need a rental truck for a “do-it-yourself-move,” contact a rental company:
    • U Haul (link to https://www.uhaul.com)
    • Allied Van (link to https://www.allied.com)
    • Van Lines (link to https://www.vanlines.com/default.html)
    • Atlas World Group (link to https://www.atlasvanlines.com)
    • Visually prepare or design a floor plan for your furniture in your new home.
    • Create a list for inventory of your belongings. This is helpful in preparing a garage or moving sale.
    • Keep all of your paperwork concerning the move in one file, so nothing is lost or misplaced.
    • Transfer all school records for your children.
    • Finalize your decision on a mover.
    • If time permits, prepare your new home for arrival. (New paint, new locks, etc.)

Consider your children in the move. Plan ahead and visit our Moving with Children Guide (link to Moving with Children blog post)

One Month Before your move

  • Change your address – you can do this online (https://moversguide.usps.com/mgo/?referral=USPS)
  • Change you address with the IRS – you can do this online (https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc157)
  • Make any travel arrangements where you will need an airline, train, hotel, bus or car rental.
  • Research the area into which you will be moving for clubs, civic organizations and churches, so that you can change your membership.
  • Contact medical and dental offices to receive records, asking these professionals for referrals and continuing prescriptions.
  • Establish a new checking account.
  • Research local laws about home-based businesses and business licenses if you own or operate your own business.
  • Make an inventory list of all of your belongings.
  • Arrange for your pets to be transported.
  • Use up or finish and discard household items so that there is less to pack and move.

Two Weeks Before your move

  • Forward your magazines to your new address.
  • Forward your newspaper to your new address.
  • Forward your old email to your new email address.
  • Contact all of your utilities and change your service to your new address.
  • Organize those helping you on the day of the move.
  • Confirm all travel reservations you have made.
  • If moving appliances, make sure they are inspected before the move.
  • Pack all clean clothing.
  • Close your bank accounts, making sure you have ample cash for the move. The remainder of the funds should be transferred to your new bank.
  • Keep important documents and valuables close at hand during the move.
  • Prepare for the move of any infant or small children.
  • Review your insurance policy for coverage during your move.
  • Provide relatives with your travel information.
  • Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.

Moving Day Has Arrived!

The day has finally arrived! As excited as you and your family maybe about your new home and its surroundings, moving can make everything seem uncertain. It is important to take a deep breath and try not to be stressed.

Here is a list of important things you should remember when your moving day arrives:

  • Designate specific items that you need, that should not be packed with the rest on your belongings.
  • If you have children, make sure that they have at least two special items to take with them for the trip.
  • Make sure you remove all trash from your current residence.
  • If you are using a moving company or friends and family, specify certain unloading areas.
  • Make sure there are ample walkways for moving large pieces as well as boxes of your belongings.
  • If you are using a moving company, reiterate those specific items that need special attention and handled-with-care.
  • Remember to meet the needs of those helping in your move by supplying them with food, beverages and restroom facilities.
  • Lastly, if you are using a moving company, please remember to read and sign all paperwork, documenting anything that transpired during the moving process.
  • Do a final walk through of the home to make sure all of your belongings have been removed.
  • Be sure to take control of all personal items that are valuable or important to you during the move.
  • You may want to purchase travelers checks instead of cash during the move.

We have provided some informative links for you and your family that will make your transition, smooth.

Tying Up All of the Loose Ends

You have survived the move and are now in your new house, so now what? There are many things that still need to be done because all of the unpacking. Please remember to:

  • Call your local utilities company
  • Call the telephone company
  • Call the boarding kennels where your pets are located

Sites referenced in this research:

USPS Movers Guide (https://moversguide.usps.com/mgo/disclaimer?referral=USPS)

Personal Moving Planner (http://www.relofrog.net/re)

Moving Guide (https://www.moving.com)

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