A Comprehensive Moving Guide for Relocating | AAA Storage

Comprehensive Guide to Help You Plan the Relocation

AAA Storage understands customer needs and requirements. We want to make the relocation process easier for you. Thus, we have created a comprehensive guide to make your relocation less stressful, and hassle free. It is important to prepare and organize weeks ahead of the move. This can reduce your chances of overlooking some important items..

6-8 Weeks Before the Move

This is the perfect time to focus on the details of the move.

You need to make a list of all the items you plan to move. The list should also include items you want to move to the storage. Similarly, you need to distinguish between items to be handled by the moving company, and items you plan to move yourself. You should dispose of all the items you don’t need in your new place. A garage sale will be perfect to declutter your home.

 

Before you choose a moving company, it is important to conduct an extensive research to make an informed choice. You need to find a professional and reputed company. Once you have chosen a company, you should discuss everything about packing, costs, timing, and other details. A lot of moving costs are tax deductible. Thus, you need to maintain a file containing important receipts and information related to the expenses.

 

If you are moving to a new community, it is better to find out about the parks, schools, hospitals, community programs and other establishments and businesses. You also need to consult an insurance agent to transfer property, medical, auto and fire insurance. It is important to place the medical records in a secure and safe place. You shouldn’t forget any vaccination records, prescription and other information.

 

4-5 Weeks Before the Move

When you are planning to pack some items for the move, you should start collecting packing and moving supplies. It Is important to contact the post office, and fill a Change of Address form. You also need to provide your new address to the disposal company, telephone company, water, cable/satellite, internet provider, insurance company, financial institutions, banks, local government agencies, clubs and electric company.

 

If you have children, you need to register them in new schools. It Is always better to involve your kids in the relocation or moving process. Your kids can pack their toys and other items. After the scheduled move out, you need to contact the utility company for disconnecting services. Moreover, you should call ahead to get all the utilities connected in your new home. When you have pets, you need to make some arrangements for them. You shouldn’t forget to pack veterinarian records.

 

2-4 Weeks Before the Move

In case you have kids, you should look for a babysitter. This will make sure your kids are safe during the moving or loading process. You should return any library books that you might have borrowed. Similarly, you need to collect the items you’ve loaned to other people. It’s better to carry valuable items with you in the car. If you pack them for the moving van, you will be risking damage. Laws in some states don’t allow people to move house plants. Thus, you can give your plants to friends or local charities.

 

If you’re planning to travel in your car, you should get the vehicle services before departure. You should start packing items you don’t need. If you’re renting a storage unit from AAA Storage, you should determine which items need to be placed in the garage, and which ones will accompany you to the new home. You shouldn’t leave anything behind in attics, closets and basements. The same is true for safety deposit boxes.

 

It’s important to disassemble the computer, and backup your important files. You need to avoid any sort of exposure to extreme temperatures. You should dispose of flammable items, such as cleaning fluids, fireworks, acids, matches, chemistry sets and other dangerous or hazardous items..

 

Week Before the Move

It’s important to make sure all the items are labeled, such as load last, fragile, do not load and load first. This will ensure the safety and security of your items. You need to make sure the moving company knows your correct phone number and address. You should also provide the company with a phone number and address of your new neighbors.

 

Before you move, it’s important to defrost, clean and empty your refrigerator. You need to keep your plans flexible, and prepare yourself for some delays. In case there are any delays, you should use a contingency plan. You should confirm the travel arrangements, and keep all the items handy when other belongings are in transit.

 

It’s better to pack a separate box with all the things you need upon arrival at the new home. For instance, disposable cups and plates, snacks, trash bags and bathroom items. These will help you remain comfortable when you reach the new place.

 

Day of Move Out

On the day you move, it’s important to carefully check your drawers, closets, attic, shelves and garage. This will make sure you don’t leave anything. You need to turn off all the switches, and lock the windows and doors. During the loading process, you should be around the movers. You need to inspect the premises, and make sure nothing is left behind.

 

There should always be someone present to direct and supervise the movers. You should give your phone number and address in writing to the driver. You should also take the destination agent’s name, contact number and address. If you reach the new place before the mover, you should be patient. When the mover arrives, you should sign the loading bill, and make sure the phone number and address are correct.

 

Day of Move-In and After

When you’re unloading, you should check there aren’t any damages. None of the items should be missing. You should make sure all the utilities are connected. It’s better to carry cash or traveler’s checks for quick payments. You should properly place major items in the new home.

 

If you moved to a new state, you may have to renew the driver’s license. You will also have to revise legal documents. You should locate police stations, fire stations and hospitals near your home.

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