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Countdown to a Successful Move

Relocating to Delaware? Our friends at Delaware Moving and Storage are sharing with us their Countdown to a Successful Move!

By utilizing these helpful tips, youll save money and relieve the stress of moving. Like what you read? Download the PDF below.

4 Weeks

  • File a change of address form with the Post Office
  • Notify creditors, magazines, and book and music clubs of your new address
  • Retrieve your family's medical records, and ask doctors and dentists to recommend a colleague in your new city
  • Decide which items can be sold, discarded, or donated to charity
  • Complete your own inventory of each possession, including date purchased and estimated value
  • Notify your local utilities at your origin/destination to have service turned off/on as needed
  • Notify your children's schools, your church and other organizations of your impending move

3 Weeks

  • Decide which items you will be packing yourself
  • Sketch out a general floor plan of your new home to determine the placement of your new furnishings
  • Make a list of important names, addresses, and phone numbers, and be sure to take your phone book with you
  • Notify your Delaware Moving and Storage Agent if anything about your move changed (Dates, etc)
  • Make arrangements to move your plants and pets
  • Contact your bank and transfer the contents of your safety deposit box
  • Check your homeowner's policy to see if the moving is covered by your insurer
  • Transfer insurance to cover fire, theft and personal property at your new home

2 Weeks

  • If shipping an automobile, top off fluids like oil and antifreeze, but make plans to have the gas tank less than half full
  • Plan your trip to your new home; make the necessary travel arrangements for your family
  • Arrange for the proper servicing of all appliances at your origin/destination
  • Dispose of flammable items such as gasoline, matches, bleach, cleaning fluids and aerosol cans
  • Discontinue regular services like newspaper, delivery, trash pick up and lawn service
  • Finalize your plans for larger items (TV antenna, swing set, trampoline, etc.)

1 Week

  • Arrange for the payment of your driver at destination. Unless your move is being billed to your employer or previous credit approval has been secured, payment by cash, certified check or money order is required before unloading.
  • Transfer bank accounts so you don't loose any interest
  • Make arrangements to disconnect/connect local phone service at your origin/destination
  • Determine which items you will be taking with you (jewelry, etc.) Pack and set them aside in a designated area.
  • Use up all frozen foods or give them away.
  • Drain the fuel from lawnmowers and other gas-powered equipment

1 Day Before

  • Pack a box of things you will need as soon as you arrive at your new home. Take this box with you
  • This is usually the day packing is done; verify all the packing services have been performed before signing them
  • Defrost, clean and dry your refrigerator

Moving Day

  • Plan to be at your current home when your driver arrives and throughout the loading of your shipment. If you are not able to be there, make sure the driver has the name and the number of the person you have designated to oversee the process
  • Check the condition of your goods as they are inventoried and loaded
  • Make a final tour of your home/property; verify that nothing has been overlooked
  • Sign the bill of lading, double-checking that your new address and phone number are correct
  • Lock all doors and windows, and turn off all light switches

Moving In

  • If possible, arrive at your new home a day early to make sure utilities are connected
  • Plan the placement of major items in/around your home

Click on the link to print the PDF Countdown to a Successful Move.

About Delaware Moving and Storage

No job is too big or small for Delaware Moving and Storage. Long distance or local moves, Delaware Moving and Storage has an A rating with Angie's List and an A+ with the BBB and has been family owned and operated since 1984. Did you know that Delaware Moving and Storage not only moves furniture and boxes but hot tubs, gun safes, and a variety of commercial equipment, too.

Delaware Moving and Storage wants to help out in the community as much as possible. They are starting a canned food drive campaign to help the Sunday Breakfast Mission. Please bring any canned goods you would like to donate to their office at 214 Bear Christiana Road, Bear, DE 19701 during the month of October 2015 and they will deliver them to the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington.

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