Make a list of items that may not be moving. You may want to discard items such as books you no longer want, record albums, broken items that you haven't gotten around to repairing etc. This is useful in reducing the weight of your shipment and possibly lowering the cost.
Check ahead of time if there are access problems such as parking permits required, difficult access for large trucks, a long distance from the parking area to entrance of home or building, large furniture pieces that may not fit through narrow entrances etc.
Discuss time requirements with your mover such as closing dates on your old and new home, elevator service schedules etc. Make sure the estimate the mover will give you covers the dates you are planning to relocate. Prices may vary due to the time of month or year.
If you have decided to rid yourself of unwanted items, you may then arrange to make a charitable donation or hold a yard sale. Arrange to dispose of any items not sold or donated.
Cancel or transfer any memberships/subscriptions to organizations, clubs, magazines, newspapers, return library books or other borrowed materials.
You may want to arrange for day care or a baby-sitter for your children on your pack/move dates to prevent them from getting underfoot.
Make travel arrangements such as airline tickets, car rentals, hotel reservations.
If you are packing yourself, begin packing articles not used often such as items in basements, attics, garages and closets. Begin to clean the areas as you pack.
Make a list of valuables to carry with you when you move such as medicine, stocks, bonds, wills, legal papers, jewelry, special collections (coin, stamp), photos, videos. Items that are difficult or impossible to replace.
Arrange to disconnect/reconnect service for telephone, TV, electricity, gas fuel supply, water etc. You will still want these services available on your move day, therefore it is best to arrange for the disconnect to take place the following day. You will also want these services on and ready when you move into your new home. Also check for any applicable deposits/refunds.
Arrange to give away any items your mover is not able to transport - usually items such as house plants, flammable liquids, paints, BBQ tanks etc.
Ensure your moving company and driver know all of the contact numbers where you may be reached as you are travelling to your new destination. Also ensure you have the contact numbers for the moving company, driver and destination agent.
Remove any fixtures you are taking with you.
Ensure all items not to be transported by the mover are put in a separate area and clearly marked "NOT FOR TRANSPORT".
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