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MOVING CHECKLIST

Moving Checklist Albuquerque NM

4 Weeks Prior to Your Move Out

  • Gather all your important personal records (home insurance policy, car insurance, will, etc.
  • Run a hard charging garage sale. Selling belonging you don’t need or want any longer.
  • Book travel arrangements including hotels if necessary so you’re set for the drive to your new location.
  • Set up a list of all the phone numbers of all the utility companies at your current location and your new home. Then call them all and set up disconnect dates and connect dates that match your move out and move in schedule. Leave on the power and heat in your current home until the day after you move out.
  • Turn in a change of address form to your current post office if you have closed on your new home and have the keys to it. If not wait to turn this in until you’re ready to get your mail at your new residence.
  • Set up travel arrangements for you animals and house plants.

4 Weeks Prior to Your Move In

  • Home Move In or Move Out with Elevators – Contact the property manager to set up an appointment to use the elevators for the time you estimate it will take to move your home belongings into our out of the home.
  • Obtain a floor plan of your new property from your home appraisals if you got one, the current owner or the property manager, if you’re going to be renting your new home. From there take the floor plan and map out where you’re going to place all your items including beds, couches, dining room furniture and dresser drawers. Write down where everything goes on the floor plan and then place the document you created into your ‘Moving Checklist Folder’.

2 Weeks Prior to Your Move

  • Customer packed moves require that you take the time purchase a healthy supply of moving boxes, packing tape, unprinted newspaper packing paper, labels and packing tape. From there once your supplies are on hand pack the items in your home you know are not required prior to your moving out.
  • Complete a tune-up and oil change on your vehicles prior to your move if you’re driving them to your new home.
  • Call or text your moving company contact person and make certain all dates and times are scheduled and agreed to are on their appointment calendar correctly.
  • If you’re doing a ‘customer packed’ move begin packing your entire home. Make sure you write down the contents of each box on a label on the box and write down if it’s FRAGILE or THIS END UP if it applies. Write down ‘OPEN FIRST’ or ‘LOAD LAST’ on boxes you need opened right away. Be very generous with packing paper around items, at the bottom of each box, in and about items and on top of the items so there is plenty of cushion in place to prevent breakage. Well-marked boxes will make your move go much more smoothly.
  • Make time to set up new accounts at local banks or credit unions and to close out existing accounts when it makes sense time wise.
  • Close out bank safety deposit boxes, return all your kiosk rented DVDs, get all your dry cleaning and bring back any books you owe at the local library. \
  • Drain out all gas and oil for your weed eater, lawn mower or snow blower. Otherwise your mover will not transport your things.
  • Depending on the state you’re moving to you may not be able to take your house plants to your new home. If you can’t bring them give them to a local non-profit, a friend or relative.
  • Contact your mover if the contents of your move is being added to or being subtracted from or if your moving date is needs to be sooner or at a later date.

1 Week Prior to Your Move

  • Review your ‘Moving Checklist Folder’ to confirm there’s nothing you have not addressed. If there is something left over make a plan and then get it done.
  • Write down exact driving orders to your new home for your moving company. These days most drivers use Google Maps or Waze driving apps on their smartphones, but you can never be too careful. Confirm with your mover that your moving driver has your cell phone number saved in his or her phone and written down on a card in their wallet in case they misplace their cell phone.
  • If you don’t have a frost free refrigerator and freezer defrost them now.
  • Disconnect all your major appliances. If you don’t know any professionals to help you with this task talk to you moving pro to see who can call to get this done correctly.
  • Put together a ‘moving travel kit’ for the day you’re moving. Your moving travel kit should hold the items you know you want on hand when your personal items are being transported. Be certain to put your Moving Travel Kit into your vehicle so none of the movers put into the moving truck.
  • Box up all your valuables like jewelry and valuable records. Set these aside and bring them with you in your car. Set the box aside and mark the box well so you don’t forget to bring it
  • Call the local utility companies one more time to confirm the turn on date at your new home.
  • Discuss the time estimate when your moving truck will show up at your new home and go over any changes with your mover.

The Day of Your Move

  • Take all the sheets off your beds and box them up in the LOAD LAST moving box
  • Be certain your home is set up for someone to greet your movers, confirm questions and show them where all the boxes and things are located in the home.
  • An adult must be Okayed by all parties to be at your home when the movers show in the event you cannot be on site at the house. Inform your mover via email and by telephone the name of the person who has been Okayed by you to meet the movers on moving day. It may be the case that your authorized person will be requested to sign moving documents locking you into moving charges and authorizing the commencement of the move.
  • Walk through your home with the moving truck boss while they take a look at each item of furniture in your place to inspect it for damage and the place a moving tag on each one with a specific serial number sticker assigned to your move. The numbers on each piece of furniture and a written account of your personal belongings and the condition they are in at the time they are being loaded onto the moving truck.
  • You or the person you okayed to be on site to sign for your things needs to make sure everything at the home is accounted for and is loaded onto the moving truck. Review your entire Bill of Lading by reading it and your Inventory list carefully prior to putting your signature on the documents. Make sure you put the documents handed to you after you signed away in a safe place. They are your record of the move and it is what you’ll refer to if there are any claims to make, and for your to confirm everything on the documents showed up at and was unloaded at your new home in the same condition the things were in when they were load onto the truck.

The Day of Your Move In

  • Go over the floor plan of your new home so you can see where you want everything to be placed based from the notes you wrote on the document earlier during your move planning.
  • Make plans to be there at your new home when the moving truck shows up. Be ready if you’re not on a contract being paid by your employer to write a check to the mover once the truck has been unloaded and you have reviewed the move in documents with your mover. Moving companies will not take a personal check so have a cashier’s check or money order ready for the amount due so you can pay what is owed to the mover.
  • The smart way to go about handling the business end and the unload end of your move is to have one person direct the movers and the other person to conclude business with the moving truck foreman.
  • Unpacking can seem daunting, but it does not have to be that way. Unpack the ‘OPEN FIRST’ boxes and then start unpacking a few boxes, 2 -3, an evening. Within 2 weeks using this strategy your entire home will be unpacked before you know it.
  • It is not required, but paying a tip to the moving crew is customary if you feel they did a great job moving your things and taking good care of them while loading and unloading all of them.
  • Moving companies like to know how they did on each job. Contact your moving company and let them know how things went.
  • Write a review for the company in Google on their business listing by typing in the company’s name, city and state in a Google search and the writing up how the company did for you. A kind word can go a long way to helping out someone that has provided good service to you.