Avoid over packing
or under packing boxes or cartons. A firm pack prevents items from shifting,
and it helps maintain the structural integrity of the container. Be
sure to clearly label all items by marking all sides of the box with
a description of its contents.
Some items contain
fragile parts and should be moved with care. CD players for example
can be damaged due to normal physical shock that occurs during transport.
Remember to remove all CDs from the player before packing and clearly
mark all wiring prior to disconnection. Some players have a transport
screw under the unit that needs to be tightened before being packed.
Remove all multi-play cartridges from the unit and wrap individually.
Close CD trays and lower the unit into a box big enough for packing
material. Ask your movers for plastic bubble sheets, which are excellent
for this purpose. Finally, securely seal the box with packing tape.
Can I pack
clothes in chest or dresser drawers?
Lightweight clothing may be left in the drawers, but you may not fill
drawers with heavy items such as books, table linens or sheets, which
can damage the furniture during transit. Be careful not to leave fragile
or valuable items in drawers as well as anything that might spill or
We recommend that you take with you (in the trunk of the vehicle you
are driving) or have the bank forward for you items of extraordinary
value such as money, credit cards, expensive jewelry, etc. Valuable
items you decide to have shipped such as antiques, art collections,
cameras, china, coin collections, computers & software, currency,
figurines, firearms, furs, jewelry, oriental rugs, silver, televisions,
stereo equipment and video cameras should be declared before the move
to insure they are are not limited to minimum liability. This will require
you to complete the High-Value Inventory form that will be provided
during the pre-move consultation.
I let the packers pack?
Let our professional packers use the correct packing materials to secure
all of your fragile items. We are faster and more skilled at this, and
remember, in most instances we will be liable for only the items we
should not be shipped?
Hazardous materials (poisons, corrosives, explosives, and flammable
items), perishable items (refrigerated and frozen foods without special
arrangements), and items prohibited by law should not be transported
with your normal household shipment.
be shipped and guaranteed to arrive safely because they may not receive
enough water or light, and they might have to endure substantial temperature
fluctuations while in transit. For these reasons, we recommend that
you transport plants in your family vehicle or decide several weeks
in advance where to donate, sell or otherwise dispose of them.
should I make for large appliances?
2 - 3 weeks before the move, schedule a visit from a service technician
to prepare all major appliances (that will be moving with you). This
visit should be scheduled for the day before the actual move itself.
should I provide for the packers?
Notify the packers of any fragile items that need extra careful or otherwise
special attention. Clearly mark all items you do not want packed or
should I provide for the movers?
You should notify the movers of any items either added to or subtracted
from your planned shipment and of any time or destination changes made
since the pre-move consultation. Advise the van operator of any elevators,
parking restrictions or necessary long carries (distance of more than
75 feet from the trailer to the door of the residence) at destination.
Be sure to supply
all contact information necessary for the movers to reach you while
in transit. This includes destination location, contact address and
At the destination
location, you may want to place (by the entrance the movers will use)
a floor plan of your new home detailing where each piece of furniture
should be placed. This will help speed up the process.
a Bill of Lading?
A Bill of Lading is the receipt for your goods and contract for their
transportation and valuation coverage. Your signature acknowledges that
your household goods can be loaded on the van and "released to
the carrier." Be sure that you fully understand the extent of the
carrier's liability in case any of your goods are lost or stolen.
the same as insurance?
No—valuation is a surcharge-based level of motor carrier liability.
If you want additional protection, you should contact your insurance
With a Cash on Delivery arrangement, the customer pays moving charges
at the destination before delivery via cash, traveler's check, money
order or cashier's check. Credit card payments are also acceptable,
but they must be arranged with your moving consultant since authorization
is required before loading. We do not accept personal checks.
Be sure to keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place.
You will need these documents for verification of moving expenses when
you file your federal income tax return.
You can order publications and forms from the IRS to deduct moving expenses:
1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) or visit the IRS web site.
Pub. 521: Moving
Form 3903: Moving Expenses
Form 3903F: Foreign Moving Expenses
Form 4782: Employee Moving Expense Info
Form 8822: Change of Address
and miscellaneous checkpoints:
At least one month before moving day, notify utilities, doctors and
dentists, insurance agencies, personal and business contacts, and any
other appropriate organizations or individuals of your pending move.
Ask your doctors
and dentists to recommend colleagues in the destination city and make
arrangements to have health records transferred.
Plan to take your
telephone directory with you—you may find it handy should you
need to contact former doctors, dentists, employers, friends, etc.
Check personal insurance
policies to see whether moving is covered and to what extent. Transfer
all current insurance to your new location.
On the day before
the actual move, check to ensure all items have been loaded and nothing
has been overlooked. You will need to remain on the premises until loading
is complete so you can check and sign the inventory sheet. Obtain your
copy of the inventory sheet from the van operator and keep it in a safe
Plan to be on hand
to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, be sure to authorize
an adult to be your representative. This individual should be knowledgeable
about the condition of your property when it was loaded, and he/she
will be required to acknowledge receipt of all items. The van operator
will contact you 24 hours prior to the expected arrival time to arrange
for unloading. If you cannot be reached, it is your responsibility to
contact your move consultant.
I get further information about my move?
You may also
wish to contact the Georgia
Movers Association (GMA) at:
US Postal Service Moving Guide - this Internet version of the hardcopy
"Mover's Guide" features moving tips and change of address