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 Moving Checklist

12 weeks before you move, have you ….
Chosen your mover and signed the acceptance note?
Sorted through basement, loft and garage?
Resolved what to do with prohibited items?
Made proper provision for pets?
Decided whether or not you are taking your car?

10 weeks before your move, have you ….
Disposed of the things you don’t want to take?

8 weeks before you move, have you …
Started to prepare your mailing list of people who need your change of address?
Notified banks, savings accounts, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, hire purchase and rental companies?
Started to round up passports, birth/marriage certificates and other family documentation?
Applied for any necessary visas?
Checked that electrical goods will work in your new home?

6 weeks before you move, have you …
Separated favorites toys?
Made sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date?
Arranged for mail to be forwarded?
Decided whether or not to buy any new household goods - check tax refunds.

4 weeks before you move, have you …
Decided which clothes travel with you?
Started to dismantle climbing frames/garden furniture?
Agreed an insurance value and terms with your mover?
Made arrangements of connection of services at your new home?
Returning library books.
Canceled milk, newspapers, subscriptions.
Found new homes for your plants.

7 days before your move, have you …
Defrosted the refrigerator/freezer
Planned simple meals for moving day to avoid using appliances.
Separated luggage items you need for personal travel.
Cleaned garden tools, bicycles, and any other gardening equipment.
Emptied the tanks of powered tools such as mowers.
Checked you have enough medication for at least two weeks, and ensure you have copies of any necessary prescriptions for use at destination.
Collected travelers checks or local currency.
Arranged for someone to look after the children on moving day.

Moving day.

 How to Choose a Mover

Moving companies provide a variety of services for a range of fees. It is a good idea to talk with different movers to compare their services. To find out who the best movers are in your area, begin by asking friends about their experiences with the movers they have used. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau or other consumer organizations in your local area. Relocation Portal Group does not recommend moving companies nor does it recommend one moving company over another.

Once you have compiled a list of movers, inform them of the destination and timing of your move. Ask them about the types of services they offer. Also ask them to explain their estimates in detail and to give you a copy. Then carefully compare to see which mover best suits your needs and budget.

If you are moving interstate, you should read and understand all of the information you will receive. In addition to brochures explaining their various services, moving companies should give you a copy of a consumer booklet entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move and information regarding the mover's participation in a Dispute Settlement Program. Distribution of the consumer booklet and the requirement that movers offer shippers neutral arbitration as a means of settling disputes that may arise concerning loss or damage on household goods shipments are requirements of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and formerly, the Interstate Commerce Commission.

It is important to try to make arrangements for your move well in advance, at least four to six weeks before the moving date.

When you choose your mover, be sure you understand: The rates and charges that will apply. The mover's liability for your belongings. How pickup and delivery will work. What claims protection you have.


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