MAKE A LIST
SAY GOODBYE TO UNUSED STUFF
First Things First - Change of Address
The U.S. Post Office has provided information to help you notify all of the necessary parties of your move. Click Here to visit the post office.
Most Forgotten Items
Roan's suggests adding these 10 points to the top of your moving preparation list:
For The Record -- Obtaining copies of your medical records, including your dentist, veterinarian and vaccine/immunization information can often be overlooked. In some cases, a notarized letter is required to receive the official documentation; you may need to contact the American Medical Records Association to determine your new state's procedure. Your child's permanent school record cannot follow him or her through life if it's left behind. In addition, school records are usually required when registering your child at his or her new school. Often, copies will not be sufficient and records with a raised seal will be necessary.
Overnight Bags-- Moving can be hectic you may not get fully unpacked for a few weeks! Be sure you have an overnight bag that had the essential items- Spare Clothes, Hygiene items, Medications, Check book/cash or credit cards, and chargers.
If you're going to be going into storage, thing ahead of things you may need-- Tax information, titles and vehicle registrations
Taken To The Cleaners -- Remember to complete transactions with local businesses (for example, picking up your dry cleaning).
Where You're Moving To -- In the flurry of preparing for the move, you may often forget your forwarding address -- important information when forwarding periodicals and credit card bills, as well as keeping in touch with old friends. Always keep your new address handy in your wallet or purse.
Spic And Span -- Although your focus will be on your new home or apartment, you can't forget about preparing the old residence for your exit. Remember to leave out cleaning supplies for the final "once-over" before closing the door for good, or make arrangements in advance for a service to clean it for you.
The Opener -- Many people often forget to take the electric garage door opener out of their car before leaving. Remember to leave the opener for the new tenants or owners.
Remember Rover -- In most cases, moving companies cannot transport animals or plants. Remember to make arrangements for their transfer, as well. Contact your veterinarian or a local pet store for advice on getting your pets to your new home.
Bank On It -- Many people forget to retrieve important documents from their safe deposit box. It is also wise to establish a checking account in your new town about a month prior to your move so that you have immediate access to your account.
Keys To Success -- The collection of spare house keys can often be forgotten. Whether it means getting them from neighbors who kept them, or retrieving them from under the rock next to the front door, don't forget to gather all sets before you depart.
Roan's provides free, no obligation estimates. To request an estimate electronically, click here. If you would like to contact a representative of Roan's Transfer & Storage, please call 570- 322-7553.
Roan's has also provided tools to give you a rough estimate based on industry averages.
Before you start packing, determine the items you want to throw away, give away or sell.
Don't just start packing -- plan how you will pack. Pack items you seldom use first. Pack items of similar size and weight together. Don't make any carton too heavy to easily lift.
Always use proper packing cartons and wrapping materials. Use professional packing tape, which is a wide, strong, clear or brown tape. Masking tape is not strong enough to support the weight of a fully packed carton. Tape all cartons closed on the top and bottom -- don't just fold the end flaps closed. Use crumpled, unprinted newspaper to pack items in boxes.
Label the contents on the outside of all boxes, on the side so when they are stacked you can read them, along with the rooms to which they should be delivered in your new home. When packing fragile items, clearly mark "fragile" on the outside of the box, with arrows on the sides to indicate the correct upright position.
Indicate boxes holding essential items, such as cooking utensils, bedding, linens and toiletries that need to be opened first by writing "open first" on the box and making sure these are the last boxes to be loaded onto the moving van.
Certain possessions require specific care when packing:
Mirrors and glass-covered photos and artwork
Cross the glass with a series of masking tape "Xs" to help strengthen the glass, then wrap in a generous cushion of clean paper, and place in a flattened packing or telescoping carton.
Nest utensils in groups of three or four, wrap securely and place in silver chest or cushioned box.
Handle shades only by the wire frames; place in large boxes. Shades can be nested in one box if separated by clean paper.
Clothes can be folded and boxed. For faster unpacking, you can obtain special wardrobe boxes from your mover, allowing you to neatly pack by leaving clothes on hangers.
Small appliances, computers, stereo equipment
If possible, pack small appliances, computers, stereo equipment and VCRs in their original boxes. Otherwise, cushion appliances with crumpled packing paper. Tape down moving parts, such as stereo turntable tone arms.
Glass jars and bottles
Pack with bubble wrap or several layers of paper. Secure stoppers or lids with masking tape to the top of the jar or bottle. Don't move flammable items.
Statuary, figurines, curios
Wrap generously in bubble pack, wrap in a layer of clean paper and pack in boxes with plenty of crumpled paper or foam packing "peanuts" in between items. Objects with delicate appendages, such as candelabras or figurines with extended arms, should be wrapped with extra bubble pack and surrounded by extra packing material.
Record albums, tapes, CDs
Stack these items on end so they can absorb shock with less chance of damage. Pack tightly so they're secure and can't shift.
Antiques, delicate furniture
Movers can supply specially made crates to secure and ship fragile items and antiques.
New City Information
Moving to a new city brings with it a lot of uncertainty. We have provided these valuable tools to make your research easier.
Search for a home in your new city using Realtor.com. The Official Internet Site of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Search for businesses in your area using Yellowpages.com and Superpages.com.
For more information on your new city, visit YAHOO! Get Local.