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Move Plan

Planning a move is one of the most stressful times in a person's life. In order to make your move go as smoothly as possible, Morgan Transfer has provided the following information to help you plan your move:

Moving Check List | Most Forgotten Items | Estimates
Packing Tips | New City Information
Trip Kit | Change Your Address


Moving Checklist
With so much on your mind, it is impossible to remember everything you need finish before your move. The "moving reminders checklist" will allow you to create a custom time line to cope with all of the details of relocating.

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Most Forgotten Items
United Van Lines suggests adding these 10 points to the top of your moving preparation list:

1. 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.

2. For The Record II -- 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 their new school. Often, copies will not be sufficient, and records with a raised seal will be necessary.

3. Old Phone Numbers -- Pack phone books from your old town. You may think you'll remember the numbers you frequently call now, but more likely you'll spend a small fortune on directory assistance charges to contact old friends or tie up loose ends.

4. Taken To The Cleaners -- Remember to complete transactions with local businesses (for example, picking up your dry cleaning).

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Remember Rover -- In most cases, moving companies cannot transport animals or plants. Remember to make arrangements for their transfer, as well. The U.S. Post office has provided information to help you arrange moving your pets. Remember to push "BACK" to return to Morgan Transfer.
Click here to visit the post office.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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Morgan Transfer provides free, no obligation estimates. To request an estimate electronically, click here. If you would like to contact a representative of Morgan Transfer, please call (360) 493-1300

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Packing Tips
If you decide to pack yourself, plan on at least six weeks to pack and get ready for your move.
Here are some things to think about as you prepare for a move:

  • Summer is "peak" moving season. If you can be flexible about when you move, don't wait until the summer. Also keep in mind that the first and last weeks of the month are extra-busy for all movers.
  • Specify the exact date you want to move and when it will be convenient for an agent to visually survey your household and prepare an estimate.
  • Tour your house before the agent arrives. Check from attic to basement, and determine what will be moved and what will be discarded. Show your agent everything you will be moving.
  • If you plan to do the packing yourself, start collecting suitable containers and packing materials. Set packing goals and deadlines. Have all packing complete by moving day.
  • If you are being relocated at your company's request, find out what portion of your moving expenses will be paid by the company. If your company has a written moving policy, ask for a copy.
  • Dispose of all flammables such as cleaning fluids, aerosol cans, fireworks and matches. Drain the fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used containers of any substance that may leak. Empty the water from your steam iron.
  • Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify their value. Don't wax or oil wood furniture before moving, because some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
  • Unplug all electronic equipment such as television sets, home computers, stereos, etc., 24 hours in advance of a move so they will be at room temperature on moving day. Moving a TV set and other electronic equipment in which heat is still retained could cause internal damage.

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Certain possessions require specific care when packing. Click on the following items for packing tips:

China | Stemware | Mirrors and glass-covered photos and artwork
| Silverware | Lamp shades | Clothes |
Small appliances, computers, stereo equipment
| Glass jars and bottles | Statuary, figurines, curios |  
Record albums, tapes, CDs | Antiques, delicate furniture


Wrap each item separately in unprinted newspaper, and use a specially partitioned box such as the "dishpak" (available from Mayflower).

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First, wrap the stems for extra protection; then wrap each glass individually and place upside down in a partitioned box.

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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.

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Nest utensils in groups of three or four, wrap securely and place in silver chest or cushioned box.

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Lamp shades

Handle shades only by the wire frames; place in large boxes. Shades can be nested in one box if separated by clean paper.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Antiques, delicate furniture

Movers can supply specially made crates to secure and ship fragile items and antiques.

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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 The Official Internet Site of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Whether you are interested in school information to select the best education for your children or because good schools can affect the sale price of a ne home, visit The School Report Advisor.

Search for businesses in your new area using Smartpages Internet Yellow Pages.

For more information on your new city, visit YAHOO! Get Local.

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Trip Kit
United Van Lines recommends putting aside essential articles in what United calls a "Trip Kit." The kit, usually made of a moving box small enough for a family to take with them to their new home, acts as a collection point for important papers and necessary items that should not be boxed up during the busy sorting and packing process.

Click here to view a "Trip Kit" Checklist

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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. Remember to push "BACK" to return to Morgan Transfer.

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