Getting Started – Moving Tips
Click on the Get a Free Quote Now link above. One of our team members will contact you to set up a free in-home survey and determine your moving needs in order to ensure you receive the most accurate estimate.
AFTER YOU REQUEST A QUOTE
We will provide you with a booklet called “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move,” which covers important information consumers must have prior to the move. This booklet will also help you with the planning process. You can also view this online at the F.M.C.S.A.’s web site.
- When doing your in-home survey, show us everything that is going to be moved and tell your sales representative about any items you won’t be moving.
- Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service web site.
- Have a “garage sale” or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items. Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
- Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.
TWO TO THREE WEEKS BEFORE MOVING DAY
Preparing the Family:
- Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
- Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.
- Have some fun for yourself…an open house or an informal dinner party or a barbecue. Keep it simple.
- Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.
- If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)
Preparing Household Items:
- Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer.
- Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak. Please read the complete list of non-allowables.
- Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.
- Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment — or have us send someone out who is authorized to perform this service.
- Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.
- Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.
- Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
- Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must be placed in storage.
ONE TO TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING DAY
Decide what to do with house plants. Dependable Relo cannot safely move your plants because they may suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van. Alternatives: Give them to friends or relatives, donate them to a hospital or other organization, or include them in a garage sale.
Some states permit the entry of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations. Ask us for a copy of our “Moving With House Plants” booklet.
Pets and Animals
Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely attached to your pet’s collar.
Arrange for transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air. Consider boarding pets either at destination or at a kennel near your present home until you are settled in the new city. Ask us for a copy of our “Moving With Pets” booklet.
Other Important Details:
- Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.).
- Empty your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.
- Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.