Be Prepared For Your Move

As you prepare for your upcoming move, this timeline is great to keep in mind. Our team has worked to outline a variety of associated “to-dos” connected to planning and preparing for your relocation.



Working with ADSI

Call your ADSI to set a date for the sales agent to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.
If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.
Do you want to do any of the packings — or will you have it done by our experienced packers? ADSI will be happy to discuss packing services with you.
Show the sales agent everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.
Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding of each section. If you have any questions, ask your sales agent to explain.
Keep the phone number and the name of your salesperson or move coordinator handy.


Who to Notify

Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Website.
Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. The following checklist will be helpful:

Utilities Services

Cable, internet, and phone providers

Medical service providers (if moving long-distance)

Mail Subscription Services

Banks and Financial Institutions

Credit Card Billing

Government Agencies (IRS, DMV, Social Security Administration)

Home Services Providers

Family and Friends

Have a “garage sale” or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items.
Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods, and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.


Working with the Mover

Notify ADSI if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to supply us with the destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached.
Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points.
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.

Preparing Your Family

Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
Have a going-away party for the children and their friends. Have some fun for yourself…an open house or an informal dinner or barbecue. Keep it simple.
Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed.
If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)

Preparing Your Household Items

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 contact our representatives for a complete list.
Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.
Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment – or contact ADSI to 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.
Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must be placed in storage.


Pets and Plants

Decide what to do with house plants. We cannot safely move your plants because they may suffer from the lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van.Alternatives:

Utilities Services

Cable, internet, and phone providers

Medical service providers (if moving long-distance)

Mail Subscription Services

Banks and Financial Institutions

Credit Card Billing

Government Agencies (IRS, DMV, Social Security Administration)

Home Services Providers

Family and Friends

Some states permit the entry of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations. Ask your sales agent for a copy of our “Moving With House Plants” booklet.
Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely attached to your pet’s collar.
Arrange for the 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 sales agent for a copy of our “Moving With Pets” booklet.

Other Details

Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.). Empty your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.
Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors and collect things you may have loaned.


Working with the Packers

Point out to the packers any extra fragile items needing special attention. Mark appropriately any items you do not want to be packed or moved, as well as cartons you will want first when the van arrives at the destination.
If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Refer to Moving Tips for helpful information. Upon arrival, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.
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.

Finishing Touches

Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.
Be on hand when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment.
It is your responsibility to see that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van at your expense. If you have failed to have an article serviced, the van operator may load and haul it but will mark the inventory sheet “Not Serviced.” Request a copy of the “Moving Appliances & Other Home Furnishings” booklet for more information.


Finishing with the Movers

It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so 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. It states the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment. Be sure to complete and sign the declared valuation statement.
Complete and sign the High-Value Inventory form, whether or not items of extraordinary value are included in the shipment. You also need to sign and date the “Extraordinary (Unusual) Value Article Declaration” box on the Bill of Lading, if applicable to your shipment.
Make sure the van operator has the exact destination address. Be sure to let the van operator know how you can be reached, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your household goods.

One Last Look

Leave your phone connected throughout moving day. After the van leaves and you finish last-minute calls, be sure to pack the phone in one of your suitcases.
Take a Last Look Around:

Water shut off?

Furnace shut off?

Light switches turned off?

All utilities arranged for disconnection?

Windows shut and locked?

Old house keys surrendered?

Have you left anything?



Working with the Movers

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.
On the day of delivery, the van operator will attempt to contact you by phone and/or will make an appearance at the residence if he is unable to reach you. If you are unable to accept delivery of your shipment within the free waiting time (i.e., two hours) after notification of arrival at destination, you may request waiting time until delivery can be made.
Check your household goods as they are unloaded. If there is a change in the condition of the property from that noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note discrepancies on the van operator’s copy of the inventory sheet. By signing the inventory sheet, you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed. Personally report any loss or damage to your salesperson or move coordinator.
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. However, mattresses will not be unpacked, and appliances and/or fixtures will NOT be installed. At your request and at an additional charge, your salesperson or move coordinator can arrange for this service. The mover is not obligated to rearrange your furniture.
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.


Settling in

Check with your new post office for any mail being held and ask for delivery to start.
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 the residence in the new state and city is established.


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