Here Are some tips on how to make the moving process stress free

plan your move belleville il
planning your move belleville il

Moving Checklist

Plan Your Move

We suggest that with any successful move, the process should take at least four weeks before your scheduled moving date. We have crafted a list that will give you plenty of time to complete all of the details that go along with your move.

  • Decide when you would like to move.
  • Notify any magazines, creditors, and clubs of your new address.
  • Retrieve your family’s medical records and ask dentists and doctors for any recommendations for new physicians in your new city.
  • Decide which items you would like to donate, sell, or discard.
  • Complete your own personal inventory of each possession including the estimated value and date purchased.
  • If you have children, notify their schools as well as other organizations that your family is involved in, including churches and charities.
  • Contact your bank and transfer the contents of your safety deposit box.
  • Check your homeowner’s policy to see if moving is covered by your insurer.
  • Make arrangements to move your pets and plants.
  • Notify Gerold Moving & Warehousing if anything about your moving process has changed.
  • Make a list of important addresses, names, and phone numbers. Make sure to take your phone book with you.
  • Sketch out a plan of your new home to determine where you want to place your belongings. Make sure to color code the packing boxes to make it a more efficient process.
  • Decide which items you will be packing yourself and which you would like the movers to pack.
  • Arrange for the proper servicing of all appliances at your current residents and your new ones.
  • If shipping a vehicle, top off fluids like antifreeze and oil, but make sure that your gas tank is less than half-full.
  • Properly dispose of any flammable items including aerosol cans, bleach, cleaning fluids, gasoline, and matches.
  • Arrange for the payment of your driver at the destination. This is unless your move is being billed by your employer or previous credit approval has been secured. Also includes payment by cash, certified check, or money order that is required before you unload.
  • Drain the fuel from any gas-powered equipment including lawnmowers.
  • Use up all frozen foods or give them away.
  • Determine what items you will be transporting with you such as jewelry. Pack and set them aside in a designated area.
  • Make arrangements to disconnect phone services from your area, and plans to connect them at your new location.
  • Transfer bank accounts so that you don’t lose any interest.
  • Defrost, clean, and dry your refrigerator and freezers.
  • Pack a box of things that you will need as soon as you have arrived at your new house. You can either take this box first or tell your driver to load this box last and unload it first.
  • This is typically the day when packing is done. Verify that all of your packing services have been performed before you sign for them.
  • Remove all of the bedding and take apart the beds the best that you can (local moves only).
  • Plan to be at your current home when our driver arrives and throughout the loading of your shipment. If you are not able to, make sure that the driver has the number and name of the person whom you have put in charge of the process.
  • Check the condition of your valuables as they are inventoried and then loaded.
  • Make a final tour of your property/home and verify that nothing has been overlooked.
  • Sign the Bill of Lading and double-check that your phone number and new address are correct.
  • Make sure to lock all of the doors and windows and turn off all of the switches.
  • Be on hand to pay the driver prior to the unloading of your goods.
  • As you unpack, make a note of any damage done by the moves (Please remember that we do not take responsibility for self-packed boxes).
  • Plan the placement of any major items in/around your home, using a color-coding system.
  • If possible arrive at your new home a day early to make sure that your utilities are properly connected.