THE KEY is PLANNING AHEAD
EIGHT WEEKS AHEAD
• Contact your mover to make
arrangements for moving day.
Make certain that estimators are
aware of everything that must be
moved. Don’t “forget” the lawn
furniture, etc. The charge for inter-
state moves will be based on
actual weight and distance; not on
estimates, unless you have requested
and received a binding estimate. A
binding estimate specifies in
advance the cost of your move. It
includes all transportation charges
plus any additional services which
you might request. It does not include
items which are later added to the
shipment or any additional services
which may become necessary after
the computation has been prepared.
Determine what degree of legal
protection is needed for the safety of
your goods. From acceptance to
delivery of your goods, the carrier is
responsible for your shipment.
Responsibility is not the same as
• Start to use up things you can’t move,
such as frozen foods and cleaning
SIX WEEKS AHEAD
• Contact the IRS and/or your accountant
for information on what moving
expenses may be tax-deductible.
• Begin to inventory and evaluate your
possessions. What can be sold or donated to a charitable organization? What
haven’t you used within the last year?
• Make a list of everyone you need to
notify about your move: friends, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc.
• If some of your goods are to be
stored, make the necessary arrangements now. (Your moving counselor
should be able to help.)
• Contact doctors, dentists, lawyers
and accountants and obtain copies
of your personal records. Ask for
referrals where possible.