When you're planning an out-of-state move, it's important to be informed and prepared; it can certainly be quite an undertaking.
To help you stay on track in the weeks leading up to your moving day, we suggest printing a copy of U-Pack's comprehensive Moving Checklist and marking tasks off as you go. Then, follow the simple suggestions included in U-Pack's Moving Timeline below to help make the moving process much more manageable:
Create a moving file to keep quotes, information, and receipts.
This file will hold all of your important moving documents so keep it with you throughout the entire process.
Start researching moving companies and getting moving quotes.
Making an educated, informed decision on which moving company you will use is one of the most important things you'll do. Time spent researching and comparing is time well spent.
Gather moving supplies.
At a minimum you'll need moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and newsprint. You may also want to consider mattress bags, furniture pads, paper padding, stretch wrap and a dolly.
Begin purging your home.
Whether you donate, have a garage sale, or throw away, if you don't use it, don't move it. Doing this will save time and money in the long-run.
Verify you have everything ready for moving day. Do you know where the moving truck or moving container will park? Do you have loading help? Do you have plans for your children and/or pets? Have you reviewed U-Pack's packing and loading tips?
Tell people you're moving.
Whether friends, family or companies you do business with, remember to call or go online to change your address and cancel services and/or subscriptions. U-Pack's moving checklist offers a full list of people and places you don't want to forget.
Get familiar with your new city.
Request a newcomer's packet from the Chamber of Commerce, check out the city website and online forums or take a road-trip and visit. Knowing what to expect from your city, neighborhood, schools, etc., will make the transition much easier – especially if you're moving with children.
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Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.
Moving day can be a challenge for even the most fit. Make sure you get lots of rest the night before and start with an energizing breakfast. Don't forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day and take short rest breaks periodically.
Pack and load properly.
If you haven't already, now's the time to review U-Pack's loading tips. They're designed to help both you and your belongings stay safe during the moving process.
Verify moving company procedures and cost.
Make sure you're aware of exactly what you need to do to have your moving trailer or moving container picked up when loading is complete. If you're moving with U-Pack, you'll simply call the local ABF service center for pick-up. It's also important to verify the space/weight used and your price. With U-Pack, you'll know the space used, and price as you load.
Track your shipment.
U-Pack offers the ability to track your shipment online or by phone 24/7. Call 800-FOR-ABFS (800-367-2237) or visit the online tracking page.
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File away moving-related receipts.
You may not need them right-away, but you will likely need them – specifically when tax-time rolls around. Keep them in an easy-to-get-to location; ideally in your moving file.
Get settled in your new home.
You don't have to be in a hurry to unpack every box right away. Focus on the essentials and take your time on the rest.
Have fun exploring.
It's the best thing about moving! Discover your city, eat at new restaurants and meet the neighbors.