Our Frisbie Moving & Storage team breaks down everything that needs to be done before relocating for you to have a smooth, stress-free move experience!
Six to Eight Weeks Before Moving Day
- Call your Frisbie agent and set up a date for an estimate.
- Show the agent everything that is going to be moved so you don't have additional costs later.
- Read the "Your Rights and Responsibilities Manual" (for full-service moves).
- Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator handy for any questions you may have.
Four to Six Weeks Before Moving Day
- Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the Frisbie States Postal Service web site.
- Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move, such as:
- All utilities (water, telephone, electric, gas, cable, sewer/trash, etc.)
- Personal accounts (credit cards, health clubs, dry cleaners, pharmacies, etc.)
- Professional services (doctors, dentists, insurance, DMV, etc.)
Two to Three Weeks Before Moving Day
- Notify your agent if you add or subtract items from your planned move any changes in dates.
- Supply your agent with destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached.
- Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods.
- If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.
- Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.
- If driving, have your car serviced for the trip.
- Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer.
- Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak. Please read the complete list of non-allowables.
- Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.
- Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment — or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this service.
- Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.
- Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.
One to Two Weeks Before Moving Day
- Decide what to do with house plants. Frisbie cannot safely move your plants because they may suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van.
- Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations.
- Arrange for transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air. Consider boarding pets either at destination or at a kennel near your present home until you are settled in the new city. Ask your agent for a copy of our "Moving With Pets" booklet.
- Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.).
- Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.
One Day Before Moving Day
- Mark appropriately any items you do not want packed or moved, as well as cartons you will want first when the van arrives at destination.
- Collect things you definitely want packed together 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.
- Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.
- Be on hand when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment.
- See that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van at your expense.
- Remain on the premises until loading is complete. After making a final tour of the house, check and sign the inventory. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it.
- Approve and sign the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill and High-Value Inventory form.
- Make sure the van operator has the exact destination address. Let the van operator know how you can be reached, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your household goods.
- Take a last look around to make sure everything is turned off, locked or packed.
- Be on hand to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, be sure you authorize an adult to be your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.
- Check your household goods as they are unloaded. If there is a change in the condition of an item, note discrepancies on the van operator's copy of the inventory sheet.
- When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including the laying of rugs and setting up any beds disassembled at origin.
- Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance, which the movers can use to determine where each piece of furniture should go.
- Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place. You will need them for verification of moving expenses when you file your federal income tax returns.
- To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.