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- SEWER DISTRICT
- DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
- STATE/FEDERAL TAX BUREAUS
- SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE
- CITY/COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR
- PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL
- INSURANCE AGENCY
- BANK LENDER
- LAWN SERVICE
- GYM/HEALTH CLUB
- DRY CLEANER
- CREDIT CARD COMPANIES
- AUTO LEASE/FINANCE COMPANY
- DRY CLEANER
- LAUNDRY SERVICE
FOR BUSINESS RELOCATION
- WORKER'S COMPENSATION
- INSURANCE CARRIERS, DISABILITY INSURANCE CARRIERS.
- VENDORS FOR MOVING ITEMS LIKE VENDING MACHINES, COPIERS, AND PRINTERS THAT ARE STILL UNDER LEASE OR WARRANTY.
- DISCUSS ANY NEW PLANS WITH THE MAINTENANCE STAFF AND IT TEAM
- CHECK WITH MOVERS FOR STORAGE SPACE.
- REMODEL TO FIT YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS (INCLUDING INSTALLING TELEPHONE AND NETWORK JACKS, NEW PLUMBING, ETC.)
- INSTALL NEW FIXTURES, APPLIANCES, MACHINERY, ETC.
- CLEAN OR MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR A CLEANING SERVICE
- UPDATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS
- CONTACT YOUR TELEPHONE PROVIDER AND ASK ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS' NEW PHONE NUMBERS. ASK TO KEEP YOUR OLD PHONE NUMBER FOR SIX MONTHS AND INCLUDE A MESSAGE THAT GIVES CALLERS YOUR NEW PHONE NUMBERS.
- ORDER NEW CHECKS, STATIONERY, BUSINESS CARDS, MARKETING COLLATERAL, ETC., WITH THE NEW ADDRESS.
- MAKE ESSENTIAL STAFF CHANGES, INCLUDING REPLACING, TRANSFERRING, AND REASSIGNING EMPLOYEES
- MINIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY LOSS BY MOVING STAFF SLOWLY RATHER THAN ALL AT ONCE.
Six to seven weeks before moving day
We know it is always best to get referrals from family, friends or neighbors when picking reputable movers.
- Another thing to do is to check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) regarding the movers' credibility. At Noah's Ark Moving we maintains an A+ with the BBB
- Don't want the movers to come out for an estimate take an inventory of your property using Noah's Ark free online estimate and inventory list.
- Check for moving coupons.
- Don't feel like doing all the packing? Not to worry, let the professional movers handle it. Noah's Ark Moving Company has experienced movers and packers and will pack your belongings securely and efficiently for your move.
- Determine which items you will keep, donate, discard, sell, or place in storage.
- Make sure the movers have all of your contact information
- Request a copy of the signed contract with our movers for your records.
- Know your rights from the very start. Request a copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move
- Find out if your mover is registered with FMCSA and has a USDOT number.
- Here we make it easy, Noah's Ark Moving License Numbers: U.S. DOT License #: 731301, Connecticut DOT License #: C1749, New York DOT License #: T10860, ICC License #: MC334379C
- Contact your insurance company; there may be additional coverage available for your possessions.
- We stress that all our customers should create a binder to hold all move-related paperwork (checklists, contracts, receipts, and the mover's contact information).
- Want to have your furniture or upholstery items clean before the move. We suggest doing it in the six weeks before moving so that it wouldn't hold any moisture that can cause mold.
Four to five weeks before moving day
- Inform the United States Postal Service of your move. They have made life easier by having an online form.
- Also notify your change of address with your family and friends, Bank, Credit Card companies, Insurance Companies, Employers (w2 forms), Magazine and Newspapers, doctor or other providers
- Having high valuable items have them appraise, document them and upload the images onto the computer. Remember to make backups of all computer files either on a CD or USB flash drive.
- Gather all packing supplies:
- Boxes (various sizes; wardrobe boxes)
- Box cutters
- Tape (packing, masking, blue painters') and tape dispensers
- Wrapping material (bubble, plastic, tissue paper, newsprint)
- Colored stickers and markers
- Noah's Ark Moving may include some preparatory items like boxes and labels for long distance moving, corporate moving or commercial moving.
Three weeks before moving
If driving, have your car serviced before the trip or prepare a car rental service. If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to, and pick it up from a proper loading site
- Inform your Noah's Ark movers of any changes in your original moving plan such as additions of subtractions of items, changes in dates, extra stops (aside from the main pick up and drop off points) on moving day.
- Begin packing the most infrequently used items in the most infrequently used rooms first, for example holiday decorations in the attic or basement, or old books and blankets in the closet or storage rooms.
- For easy organizing, assign a colored sticky to each room. Mark boxes and furniture with the appropriately colored stickers.
- Make sure to clearly label and number each box! Keep a master list with the contents of each box.
- No one wants to walk into a brand new, but dirty house. Arrange for a cleaning company or clean the new location before delivery day.
- Make family travel plans if you will arrive at your new location before it is ready. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed
Two weeks before moving
- If moving with the family, have them say goodbye to friends, and relatives. Having a fare-well gathering in one place will be a great idea for you and the kids.
- Arrange for all utilities services to be disconnected in the old home the day after you leave Give new address so that they can send final bill or refund deposit. Have these services installed in the new home the day before you arrive.
- Federal Law prohibit and requires that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons. For more information visit: Transportation of household goods in Interstate
One week before moving
- Print an information sheet for the movers. Include the old and new addresses, directions, and your cell phone number.
- Create a last-out, first-in list.
- Tipping the movers is up to the customers. If you do decide to tip set aside cash.
- Finish packing. Set aside enough clothing for the coming weeks and toiletries, medication
- Put valuables and important documents in a box or bag and keep close track of them during your move. Address books, Airline tickets, Car titles, Cash, Cell phones, Checkbooks, Computer data files/backups, Financial documents (stocks, bonds, CDs, , deeds, Jewelry, Keys, Laptop computers, Medical/dental records, New home documents, Prescription medicine, school records
- Decide what to do with plants and make arrangements for pets.
On Moving Day
- Be present at the premises throughout the move. Photograph any damages before signing the release (bill of lading).
- Important to have your entire household item loaded. Check over the house one last time before the movers leave to make sure everything is packed and nothing is left behind.
- Shut and lock all windows
- Hand in your keys to the real estate agent or landlord.
- Check items off the inventory list as they are loaded and unloaded.
- Give the movers the new destination address that you printed and your phone number.
- Test all faucets, toilets, phones, smoke detectors, and security systems.
- Turn on water heater if necessary.
- Begin unpacking.
- Flatten boxes and put them out for recycling
- Be there in person to accept deliveries. Our movers or office representative will contact you by phone before the delivery
- We suggest having a floors plan or a sketch of where you want your furniture or items to be place. If not each piece of furniture will be unloaded and placed at your command; however, appliances/fixtures will not be set up. This service can be arranged, but there will be an extra charge.
- Check your household items to report any damaged or lost items. Note any discrepancies on both the movers and your personal inventory lists.
- To prevent potential damage, major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.
One week after moving day
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors or make new friends in the neighborhood; they will have the best suggestion of the closest convenience store, market, library, pharmacy etc.
- Call your Local Locksmith or change your locks yourself.
- EXPLORE your new neighborhood. There are many local websites on the internet that will give you information and things to do in and about your new neighborhood.
- We suggest checking with the post office if you haven't received any mail.
- After you receive your mail go to your local DMV office to change your id's or driver's license address or get a new license (according to the State you are in)
- Update your address if you haven't done so.