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One month before move

1-2 weeks before move

Moving/Arrival day & after4

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A couple of Days Before the Move

  • Clean and defrost refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean every room and check for items that may have been overlooked
  • Conclude financial matters relating to the sale or lease of your home
  • Movers or your family should complete packing of all household goods for the move.  Make sure are boxes are clearly marked

Moving Day

  • Confirm delivery address, directions and delivery date with the movers
  • Carefully supervise the move.  Make sure boxes are clearly marked and your instructions are understood
  • Clean the home and check entire grounds before leaving
  • Check thermostat and make sure temperature is set appropriately.  Make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked, and all appliances are turned off.  Leave forwarding address, garage door openers and any keys, if agreed to, for the new owners or tenants
  • If your home is going to be vacant when you leave, make sure a relative, neighbour or estate agent has the keys and how to contact you.  Also, notify your insurance company, if necessary, that the home will be empty.

Arrival Day

  • Check to make sure all utilities are on and working properly
  • Let family members or friends know you have arrived safely.  Check in with your employer and estate agent to confirm itineraries
  • Supervise moving crew on location of furniture and boxes.  Begin unpacking necessary basics first - basic kitchen utensils, bath toiletries, etc. 
  • Give the kids a job to do - let them start on their rooms.  Usually, the kitchen and the kids rooms are the best to set up first, as it helps them feel at home

Now relax, order dinner out, and take a long hot bath....you deserve it!

After the Move

  • Examine everything that moved with you.  Do this within one week.  You may have missed something at the time of delivery from the movers. Yes, your case will be weaker-but you still can file for damages
  • Before putting unpacked things away, ask yourself if you really need it.  Donate what you don't need to a charity. Maintain a box for keeping such items on a regular basis
  • Rather than put up shelves, buy free-standing enclosures. These make the area much neater and cleaner, and make subsequent moves much easier
  • Give your home an extra-thorough cleaning after you have unpacked everything, so you can get rid of the dust and other irritants that came from the moving process
  • Buy maps of your area, and keep one copy in each vehicle
  • Go to the homes of neighbours on either side of you, and across the street or hallway as appropriate. These folks will can help protect your home, by watching things when you are away for any reason. They may also help you move in. Introduce yourself, and arrange for them to visit you soon. One purpose of the visit can be for them to show you, on a map, the main routes, attractions, shopping areas, and so on that you will need to know about
  • Set aside enough time once a week for a dinner appointment or some other activity you can do once with each of your neighbours. This is not a repeating thing-just a "help us get acquainted with the city and with you" thing. Offer to pay, if they will drive and show you something that will help you understand more about what is in your city and where

Disclaimer

The information contained within this checklist is intended as a guide only and Gillera Transport Services shall not be liable for any consequential, incidental or direct damages suffered in the course of using the information.

 

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