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Great American Van Lines 1-866-324-7920

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8 weeks before moving day

  • Obtain a floor plan of your new residence and decide which items you want to keep
  • Begin an inventory of all household goods
  • Solicit estimates from several moving companies
  • Contact your insurance company and enquire about your homeowner's policy to determine if your goods are covered while moving
  • Establish special files for all moving papers and receipts
  • Choose a mover

6 weeks before you move

  • Fill out Post Office change of address cards
  • Begin to send your new address to insurance agents, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives etc
  • Clean out house and dispose of all items you will not be taking with you - donate these items to charity or hold a garage sale

4 weeks before you move

  • If your mover is doing the packing arrange for it to be done 2 or 3 days before loading day
  • Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair or cleaning
  • Begin to use up overstocks of staple foods
  • Gather valuable personal papers including medical and dental records, school records, birth certificates etc
  • Make travel plans and secure temporary accommodation if needed

3 weeks before you move

  • Arrange to have utilities like gas and electricity disconnected in your current home and connected in your new home
  • Ready car registration for transfer
  • Notify State Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address

2 weeks before you move

  • Arrange to move pets
  • Dispose of all items too dangerous to move, such as flammable liquids
  • Have your automobile serviced if needed to prepare for the move

1 week before you move

  • Transfer all bank accounts
  • Cancel newspaper delivery
  • Have prescriptions for medication forwarded to a pharmacy in your new neighbourhood
  • Withdraw items and close safety deposit boxes

2 days before you move

  • Have your mover pack your goods if you are not packing them yourself
  • Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers
  • Set aside valuable items that you will carry with you during the move, such as jewellery, documents, money and other valuables.

Moving Day

  • Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to movers and stay until they are finished
  • Accompany driver for inventory of your household goods
  • Complete information on bill of lading and carefully read the document before you sign it
  • Take one final look at the house before the van leaves to make sure nothing has been left behind
  • Notify the driver and the van line where you can be reached during the move

Delivery Day

  • Be on hand to answer questions and give directions
  • You must pay the driver before your good can be unloaded. This is a federal requirement for interstate moves
  • Supervise unloading and unpacking
  • Check carefully for any damaged or missing items
  • Note on the inventory any damaged items before you sign anything
Please call us today to 866-324-7920


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