● The two essential ingredients of a successful move are manpower and hauling capacity
● Calculate whether moving yourself actually makes economic sense. Add up all moving costs including boxes, packing material, gas, meals, truck rental and insurance. Compare it against a quote from a professional moving company.
● For questions to ask yourself:
1. Do I have time to pack and move all my goods?
2. Am I physically capable of moving heavy pieces?
3. Do I know enough people who can and are willing to help me move?
4. Can I drive a rental truck? If not, who can?
If you do rent a truck, it’s better to rent a larger one than you think you’ll need. Otherwise, you will have to make more than one trip.
Choosing a Professional Mover
● Ask family and friends for recommendations
● If in doubt, check with the Better Business Bureau
● Determine the size, distance and timing of your move
● Choose between a “self service” move (you pack and unpack) or a “full service” move (the moving company packs and unpacks)
● Obtain written cost estimate
● Review insurance coverage.
There are three types:
1. Standard coverage
2. Assessed value coverage
3. Full replacement coverage
IMPORTANT CHECKLIST ITEMS
Notify this list of businesses about your move:
Electric power company
Natural gas supplier
Local telephone company
Credit card companies
Magazine subscriptions and book clubs
Arrange the timing of the shut-off and start-up of utilities so that you will be sure not to be without electricity, water, gas or phone service. Give yourself one or two days on both ends to compensate for potential delays.
Send out address change notice to friends and family
Common things people forget to do:
Get copies of medical, dental, immunization, school and veterinarian records
Pick up dry cleaning
New address (keep handy at all times)
Cleaning supplies for cleaning after movers have loaded everything
Garage door opener (remember to leave it behind)
Keys (gather up all house keys and leave for new home owner)
LONG DISTANCE MOVE CHECKLIST
1. Open new bank accounts - transfer funds and anything you have in your safety deposit box 2. Healthcare - take the time to choose new health professionals. Research the internet for doctors, dentists, specialists and hospitals. Ask new friends and working colleagues for recommendations
3. Prescriptions - be sure to get a couple of months worth of prescriptions from your doctor before moving
4. Medical Records - get copies of doctor’s records and case records and have them forwarded to your new doctor.
5. Insurance - check all of you insurance policies to ensure that coverage will continue in your new area. If not, ask your insurance agent for a recommendation
6. Memberships - formally resign or transfer memberships from any local organizations or associations
7. School records - ask the school to make a copy for you to take with you
8. Borrowed items - return library books, rental videos or other items you may have borrowed from friends or neighbours
9. Trip to new home - pack a first aid box and a food and beverage “care package” for the trip to your new home
MOVING WITH KIDS
● Provide children with as much information as possible about the move and allow the to participate in decision-making discussions
● Familiarize the children with the new area using maps, photographs and related internet sites. Talk about the positive aspects of their new home, school and neighbourhood. Encourage questions and invite children to talk about their worries
● For young children, make the move an adventure. Encourage them to pack their own things, leaving favorite toys until the end
● Resist the temptation to send children away during the move unless they are very young. Participating will help them adjust more easily to their new surroundings
● For older children who are leaving friends, sports teams and their school, emphasize how easy it is to keep in touch through email and telephone
● After the move, participate with the kids in local religious events, Scouts and Girl Guides and com-munity sports teams.
MOVING WITH PETS
Moving can be stressful for people, just imagine how anxious it can make your pets. They can easily get stressed out when there’s unexpected activity in their home or when they’re introduced to a new environment.
● Prepare an easily-accessible ‘overnight kit’ that has enough dog food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.
● If you’re moving out of the area, inform your vet so you can take records and any prescription medications with you
● During the actual move, pets should be securely confine or out of the home to avoid anxiety, injury or escape. Make sure you check in on them regularly, and try to feed or walk them at the time you usually would; having some sense of routine in the midst of all the changes will help a lot
● Take the pet to the new house in your own vehicle. Cats and small dogs can be put in a carrier in the back seat, which can the be secured with a seat belt. A bigger dog can be moved in a kennel in the back of the car; you may need to put seats down if possible. Some animals feel more comfortable if you throw a blanket over their carrier during the car ride so they can’t see the environment changing outside
● Be careful when transporting the animal to your new neighbourhood because if they get out they can easily get lost. Once they’re in the car, it’s important to not open the kennel until the pet is in the new home, even if the pet is usually well-behaved. Give them a few days in the new home to adjust.
● Move the house before you move the pet. Set up as much as you can, even just in a room, before you introduce the animal to the new home. Confine them to a section of the house while they slowly adjust to their surroundings. Give your pet lots of attention and introduce familiar objects like toys or blankets as soon as possible. Make them feel as at home as you do.
● After you move, make sure you update their tags or microchip information to the new address and phone number.
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