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Planning: The key to a successful move
As professional movers, Bekins wants to help you make your relocation as peaceful as possible. One of the keys to a smooth, successful move is planning and organizing the details. Sweating the small stuff sooner than later can help prepare you for a stress-free move. Simply print this list and check off the items as you go. You’ll be in great shape when moving day arrives.
8-12 weeks before you move
Set up house hunting trip
Research banks, doctors, and schools in new location
Moving for work? Discuss relocation assistance with employer.
Host a garage sale or donate items (or both).
4-8 weeks before you move
Contact your local Bekins agent for a free estimate
Make list of people and companies you need to notify of your move.
Check with school about transferring school records.
Check with IRS or accountant if moving expenses are deductible.
Contact insurance agent.
Contact doctors and dentists to transfer medical records.
Obtain change of address cards from post office or online at www.usps.com.
3 weeks before you move
If you are packing, begin packing your belongings.
Compile personal records.
Change address on credit cards and magazines.
Arrange to have utilities disconnected the day after loading.
Arrange to have utilities connected before your scheduled move in date.
Arrange to have trash disconnected and connected.
Arrange to have cable disconnected and connected.
2 weeks before you move
Plan to use up meals in refrigerator and freezer.
Donate non-perishable food items to Move For Hunger, or local food bank.
Cancel all current delivery services, such as food and newspaper delivery.
Drain all oil and gasoline from lawn mower and other power tools.
Dispose of all flammables, cleaners, paints, aerosols, ammunition if they are to be moved.
Transfer current prescription to new pharmacy.
Clear out safety deposit box and arrange to take this information/documentation with you.
1 week before you move
Finalize all travel plans.
Provide Bekins with contact numbers and email addresses.
Confirm pack, load and delivery dates with Bekins agent.
Ensure major appliances are cleaned, unplugged and ready to move.
Review all paperwork with your Bekins driver.
Be available to review inventory of all items being moved.
Select “For All It’s Worth”replacement value protection on Bill of Lading.
Double check that nothing was left behind.