Relocation Advice from the Experts at RAS Group

2 Months prior to Moving Day

  • Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement
  • Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove the clutter
  • Start a file for all your moving paperwork
  • Get your new home ready - contact painters, carpenters, plumber etc

6 Weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards
  • Subscribe to the paper in your new hometown to learn more about your community. Make arrangements for storage if necessary
  • Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records
  • Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised
  • Clean all closets and drawers
  • Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved

4 Weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Schedule disconnection of utility services at your old home, connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the telephone company, request your refund
  • If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck
  • If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials from and start packing items you won't need until after you arrive at your new house
  • Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes and carpeting
  • Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary
  • Arrange your insurance through to see how your possessions are covered during transit
  • Make any travel plans necessary for your move
  • Check to see if you need any moving permits
  • plan your moving sale. Remember to check with local authorities about restrictions
  • Collect all your impotant records. Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, and veterinary; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents

3 Weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids
  • Prepare auto registration for transfer
  • If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use fo the elevator
  • Make child-care arrangements for moving day
  • Hold your moving sale

2 Weeks prior to Moving Day

  • Arrange the disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale. Service your car in preparation for the move. If you're moving from a warm climate to a cold one, check your antifreeze.
  • Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items
  • Cancel newspaper delivery
  • Notify any creditors of your move
  • Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medication to hand
  • Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home
  • Change your address - One week before you move send change of address cards to everyone that will need to contact you
  • Pick up laundry

1 Week prior to Moving Day

  • transfer your bank accounts
  • Take animals to the vet for immunisation, if necessary
  • Close and empty your safe-deposit box
  • Settle any bills with local businesses
  • Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses
  • Find new homes for plants that will not be moved
  • Confirm any travel reservations
  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer
  • Let the movers pack your belongs, unless you are planning the move yourself
  • Disconnect any major appliances for the move
  • Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark the box so you can identify it when there
  • Obtain cach or travellers checks for the move, and to pay the movers
  • Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck
  • If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture

Moving Day

  • Be sure someone is at the old house to answer any questions
  • Note all utility meter readings
  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place

Delivery Day

  • Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items
  • Supervise unloading and unpacking