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What Should I Do 1-Week From My Move Date?

Last minute details

  • Make sure that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving truck. As always, reach out to your move coordinator with any questions.
  • Be on hand when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment.

Day before moving day

  • Identify any extra-fragile items needing special attention. If certain items should not be packed or moved, mark them appropriately.
  • Label any items or boxes you will want first when the truck arrives at your new home (valuables, electronics, etc.).
  • If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Upon arrival, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.
  • If Mayflower is helping you pack, collect things you definitely want packed together, such as children's toys and place in separate groups.
  • Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos and audio/video equipment. 

Moving day

  • Make it a point to be on hand to see that all of your goods are loaded; remain close by until loading is complete. After making a final tour of the house, check and sign the inventory list. Be sure to get your copy from the van operator and keep it safe.
  • Check in with your move coordinator and ask any remaining questions about your moving services.
  • There will be some necessary paperwork on the big day:
    High-Value Inventory form: complete and sign stating whether or not items of extraordinary value are included in the shipment.
    Bill of Lading/Freight Bill: includes the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment.
    Extraordinary (Unusual) Value Article Declaration: If applicable, check this box on the Bill of Lading.
  • Give the van operator the exact destination address.
  • Be sure to let the van operator know how you can best be reached, pending the arrival of your belongings.

Take a last look around

  • Water shut off?
  • Furnace and air conditioner shut off?
  • Light switches turned off?
  • All utilities arranged for disconnection with service providers?
  • Windows shut and locked?
  • Old house keys and garage door openers surrendered? 
  • Have you left anything?

Delivery day

  • Be on hand to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, be sure to authorize an adult to be your representative to accept delivery and pay the moving charges for you.
  • On the day of delivery, the van operator will attempt to contact you by phone and/or will stop by your new home if he/she is unable to reach you. If you or an authorized individual cannot accept delivery of your belongings within the free waiting time (i.e., two hours) you may request additional waiting time (for an additional cost) until the delivery can be made.
  • Check your household goods as they are unloaded. If you notice any damage or that something is missing, personally report any it to your salesperson or move coordinator. If there is any change in the condition of your property from what is noted on the inventory list, note discrepancies on the van operator's copy of the inventory. By signing the inventory, you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed.
  • When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including placing of rugs and setting up any beds that were disassembled at origin. If you would like your mattresses unpacked or appliances installed, check with your salesperson or move coordinator beforehand. They can help you arrange for this additional moving service.
  • It always helps to have a guide. Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance, so the movers can determine where each piece of furniture should go.
  • Keep all your moving documents in a safe place. You will need them for verification of moving expenses when you file your federal income tax returns.
  • To prevent any possible damage, leave appliances and electronics turned off for about 24 hours while they adjust to new room temperatures.

Settling in after your move

  • It is time to make it official! Check in with your new post office for any mail being held and ask for delivery to begin.
  • Check state (and local) requirements for auto registration and a driver's license.
  • You may want to select an attorney to discuss laws that pertain to your destination state, county and/or city. Be sure to cover such matters as wills, transfers of property and investments, insurance regulations, inheritance laws, taxes, etc. Most laws affect a family as soon as a residence is established in the new state and city.
  • Now it's time to move forward with your life and make new friends and enjoy time with your loved ones.
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