Getting organized seems to be easier for some folks than it is for others. (Sometimes I have difficulty just remembering where I laid my car keys.) So, I have created a checklist—something to help those of us who are organizationally challenged stay on track in the days before the move. I call it . . . (drum roll, please) . . .
“Matt’s Mighty Meaningful Moving Reminders”
(Or, things that fall through the cracks if you’re not careful.)
- Move your moolah. If you will be changing financial institutions, transfer your accounts to the bank or credit union in your new home town.
- Confirm amount and method of payment for moving services. Prepare to make payment at your new home before your goods are unloaded.
- If you will be lodging overnight in transit, double check your hotel reservations.
- Scout your property for items inadvertently left outdoors.
- Drain water from garden hoses and fuel from lawn equipment.
- Give away (or dispose of properly) any corrosive, hazardous, explosive or flammable chemicals.
- Arrange for disconnection/connection of phone, TV, Internet services. (Check out our video: Tips for Moving Electronics)
- Gather the things you will take in the car with you. Munchies and drinks, flashlight, medicines, important papers (e.g., stock certificates and insurance policies), jewelry, and cash.
- Pack your suitcases.
- Leave household goods in their usual places—cabinets, closets, shelves. This will make it easier for the packing and loading crew to work.
- Put cleaning supplies, items for personal hygiene, basic towels and linens (and anything else you may need right away at your new home) into boxes and mark “load last.” This way, they will be the first boxes to come off the truck at your new home.
- Empty and clean your refrigerator and freezer. Dispose of perishable foods.
- Consider donating unopened, non-perishable food items to a local food pantry. (Ernie’s Van and Storage can make sure they go to people in need through our participation in Move For Hunger.)
- Apprise your personal network of changes in your street address as well as telephone and email address if applicable.
- On moving day, sign the Customer Responsibilities/High Value Inventory and give it to your van operator. Confirm your delivery date, new address, and phone number where you can be reached.
- Be at home during packing and loading to answer questions and sign the paperwork. Before you turn out the lights and lock up, walk through the house and make sure nothing that should go is left behind.
- Plan to be at your new home before the van arrives to see that utilities are on and you can oversee the placement of big items as they come off the truck.
These are the basics. For a more detailed, four-week plan, here’s another handy checklist, courtesy of Atlas Van Lines: Moving Checklist
Also, check out our Moving Checklist - Important Things to Do Before Moving video.
When you’re ready to start planning your move to the Grass Valley or Rocklin area, contact us at (800) 949-7836, or get a free moving quote today!