Atlanta Moving Tips and Checklist
Schedule for movers and packers
Address change, Service Cancellations
- credit card 1
- credit card 2
- credit card 3
- safety deposit box
- investment accounts, ira’s, etc.
- Forward necessary mail to your new address. Discontinue service on a specific date. Notify former employers, especially if you might have a 1040 coming.
Movers are for furniture and heavy lifting. Take all your valuable documents and jewelry with you! Plants. If you value them, move them yourself. Pets, fish, cigars, wine, etc.
Quick Moving Checklist
Contact Mark the Mover to reserve your moving crew at (404) 351-0018.
Gather boxes and other packing supplies. Mark the Mover carries a full line of packing supplies available for pickup or delivery.
Prepare to change all accounts to your new address
Make childcare arrangements for moving day.
Estimate a fair value for the items you are moving. If moving is not covered by your homeowners or renters insurance policy, inform the crew leader for your move and request information about valuation coverage.
Reserve the elevator in your building if applicable
Decide if you will keep plants, fish, or give them away.
MTM cannot carry chemicals on a moving truck. Dispose of flammables, cleaners, and poisons or arrange to move them in a personal vehicle. Drain all gas and oil from your mower and other motors. Gas grills, kerosene heaters, etc. need to be emptied as well.
Other items that cannot be transported by Mark the Mover; Sterno, Fireworks, Ammunition, Nail polish and Nail Polish remover, Paints and paint thinner, household batteries, pool chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides, Matches, Aerosols. Liquids that could be caustic or flammable. Any compressed gas products, such as fire extinguishers, aerosol hair spray, or compressed air for cleaning electronics. The Post Office has an extensive list of items that cannot be shipped by post or parcel post. Almost all those things cannot be shipped by a common carrier mover either. Dispose of properly or give away to a neighbor unused items like charcoal lighter fluid or oven cleaner, and what you must keep, like nail polish, transport yourself as you would your pets and valuable houseplants.
Make a plan for parking a moving truck as near as possible to an entryway. If parking on a street or lot is required, reserve the appropriate spaces with personal vehicles or road cones.
Pickup Dry cleaning, take kids to babysitter, Tie up dog.
Be ready to start your move when the crew arrives
Detailed Check list
Two Months before your local move
Check with the movers to ensure your move is scheduled.
Garage Sale. Donate to Charity. Throw away junk.
Start to use perishable items and frozen foods.
Get moving and packing supplies that you need if you plan to do your own packing or partial packing. Use Moving industry boxes and supplies to prevent damage. Check http://atlantaboxcompany.com for supplies.
Create a “Master Notebook and File (MNF)” and plan your new home layout and where you’ll place the furniture. Create a floor plan.
Get familiar with your new community. Use the new Chamber of Commerce, visitor bureau, and welcome wagon on schools, community programs, parks and recreation facilities.
Keep all receipts for moving related expenses in your ‘MNF’. Many moving expenses are tax deductible. Obtain an IRS Change of Address form, Form 8822, by calling (800) 829-1040 or visiting the IRS website at www.irs.gov website. You will be able to download and print form 8822 and most other IRS tax forms; e.g., Form 3903 to help deduct moving expenses.
Finalize all real estate and rental needs.
Contact your insurance agent to transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance.
Create a master Office file with medical and dental records, prescription and vaccination records, important documents, wills, stock certificates, jewelry, coin collections, etc. – these you will not leave your chain of custody.
Return all the things you have borrowed, return library books, videos.
Notify schools in the old and new location and arrange for the transfer of school records and begin the process of registering in new schools.
One month before moving your household
Post Office – Change of Address form. Get this at www.usps.com – Add this to your ‘MNF’ and make copies.
Friends and family, Banks, Insurance companies, Credit card companies, Doctors, dentists and any other service providers, Clubs or Associations, Magazine and Newspaper subscriptions
Throw out more stuff. Have Another Garage Sale. Donate more to Charity.
Decide what items you will move yourself, such as pets, houseplants, valuables.
Create a floor plan of your new furniture layout.
Make a decision on who will do most of or all of the packing. It is a good idea that you let the mover do most of the packing. They know how to do this best.
Contact utility providers (e.g. telephone, gas, electric, cable TV and trash collection) at new and old locations with your moving date to make arrangements for connection and disconnection.
Check requirements for new drivers license and auto registration in your destination state.
Three weeks before moving
Decide more packing you will handle yourself, like fish and houseplants.
You will need to carry all valuable jewelry with you. If you have any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving.
If you are moving to a building with an elevator make sure the elevator will be available on your intended day and time of arrival at your destination.
Two weeks before moving
Back up all your computer files on a USB hard drive, to be moved with your valuables. Store any valuable software CD’s, such as MS Office with your valuables and your ‘MOF’ (Master Office Files)
Clean and clear closets, basement and attic.
Dispose hazardous items not allowed to be shipped like Gasoline and propane tanks – corrosives and combustibles
Drain your lawn mower, snow blower and power tools of all the oil and gasoline to ensure safe transportation.
Schedule appliance disconnection and preparation with a service provider.
Cancel newspapers and other regular deliveries
Clean out gym and school lockers
One week before moving
Pick up any dry cleaning and laundry.
Disconnect and clean any appliances that will be moving with you and those that will remain. Use baking soda to get rid of any odors. You can also leave a container of baking soda in the refrigerator.
Gather keys, alarm codes, garage door openers and be prepared to hand them over to the new owner or real estate agent.
Clean your house as much as you can before the moving van arrives. Search every room, closet and around the house before the moving van arrives.
Be there when the movers arrive. If you are not able to be present the entire time the movers are there, designate a friend or family member to help out and make decisions.
Hand over keys, alarm codes and garage door remote controls to the new owner or real estate agent.
Provide the driver with clear directions to your new home
Stay home until the last item is packed. Make a final inspection before the van operator leaves. Check the mover’s inventory and make sure you agree with any notations about the condition of your furnishings. Take pictures if necessary. It is your responsibility to see all of your goods are loaded. Leave your phone connected throughout moving day. After the movers leave, pack your phone in one of your suitcases for easy access when you arrive to your new home.
Review your floor plan so you can tell the movers where to place your furniture and appliances. Make yourself available for the movers for instructions on where to place your furniture while unloading. Stay there in case there are any questions.
Get a baby sitter for your kids during the loading and unloading process.
Put your pets in a room where they will not be in the way of the loading and unloading process.
Payment is preferred upon delivery by credit card.
After the Moving Company Leaves
Call the department of sanitation in your new home to find out which day the trash is collected and what type of recycling programs are available in your community.
Get new service providers such as a bank, pharmacist, dry cleaner, cable television etc if you have not already done so.
Locate your local post office, police station, fire station and hospitals as well as gas stations near your home.
Register to vote at your new address.
Decide which documents must be kept and determine for how long. File and keep them in a safe place.