Transfer & Storage Planner
- Mirrors and pictures
should be bubble-wrapped or paper wrapped and secured in
a carton specially constructed to prevent damage to these
- Books should be placed
flat, alternating the spines for extra protection. As
with all cartons, book cartons should be packed tight to
prevent shifting during transit.
- Handling lampshades by the
wires protects the shade surface. Lampshades may be
nested to conserve space, and generous amounts of paper
provide cushioning. Large shades should be packed
- Dishes should be
individually wrapped and placed vertically in the carton
for safe transport. Fill the box to limit movement and be
sure to pad both the bottom and top for added insurance.
Place heaviest items on the bottom.
- Use a sturdy wardrobe box
for clothing suspended on hangers. Your clothing will
arrive at your new residence as clean and wrinkle-free as
when packed. Use a linen box for other clothing.
- High value and fragile
items such as computers, televisions or appliances should
be wrapped in the original packaging. If that packaging
is no longer available pad wrap these products for extra
- Some of your belongings
have unique needs. Large items such as chandeliers and
grandfather clocks can be crated and doubly protected
with packing material to ensure their safe transit and
arrival. Our Relocation Specialist can help advise you on
Weeks before Moving:
- Contact Geiger to start
getting the details of your move organized as soon as you
can. Ask for our Pre-Planned Moving Guide.
- Create a "move
information" file. Using a brightly colored
organizer folder with interior pockets makes it easy to
store important information and collect receipts for
moving related expenses.
- Ask the Internal Revenue
Service for information about tax deductions on moving
expenses and what receipts youll need to keep. Give
your previous employer your new address so that a copy of
your W-2 form can be forwarded.
- Contact your insurance
agent to transfer property, fire, auto and medical
- When organizing dental and
medical records, be sure to include prescriptions,
eyeglass specifications and vaccination records.
- Contact any clubs or
associations you are associated with for information on
transferring, selling or ending you memberships.
- Wills, stock certificates
and other one-of-a-kind items (jewelry, photos, and home
videos) are difficult or impossible to replace. Plan to
carry them with you instead of packing them.
Weeks before Moving:
- Take an objective look at
what you own, and decide what must go and what can be
left behind. Books youve read and will never read
again? The pan with the broken handle or the childrens
long-forgotten games? Remember extra weight costs
more money. Consider having a garage sale to lighten the
- Sit down and start
organizing your move. Make a list with three columns:
items to leave behind, items for moving company, and
items youll move by yourself. If you havent
done so, consider taking a household inventory for your
records and to determine the declared value of the
- Prepare a list of friends,
family, business firms and others who should be notified
of your move. The post office and any billing company
should also be made aware of your move.
- Make arrangements to move
any one-of-a-kind or special items. Often times they may
require packing materials and procedures that are best
left to moving professionals.
Weeks before Moving:
- Make final packing
decisions. Start preparing for the move those items you
dont use often.
- Clean and clear your home,
including closets, basements and attics.
- Dispose of flammables such
as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry
sets, weed killer, etc.
- A complete list of "non-allowables"
is available for your reference.
- Plan meals that will use
up food in your freezer.
- Backup all of your
computer files and take the backups with you in the car,
since software is sensitive to temperature extremes.
- Arrange transport of pets
and plants. Secure all records from the veterinarian and
see that rabies and identification tags are attached to
the pets collar.
Week before Moving:
- This is the week to tie up
loose ends. Check back through your planner to make sure
you havent overlooked anything.
- Arrange to have your gas,
electric, cable, phone, etc. turned off at your current
residence the day after you load, and turned on at your
future home before the moving van arrives.
- Mark boxes requiring
special attention, fragile handling, and load last
- Make sure your agent knows
the address and phone number where you can be reached
until you get into your new home.
- Empty, defrost and clean
your refrigerator and freezer and clean your stove at
least 24 hours before moving.
Out Day: back to top
- Strip your beds and make
sure the bedding goes into a "load last" box.
- Be on hand when the movers
arrive or make arrangements for someone to be there as
- Pack your vacuum last so
that you can clean before the furniture is unloaded.
- Review all paperwork and
details with your agent.
- Take a last minute walk-through
to make sure doors and windows are locked, lights are off,
old keys and garage door openers are left for future
residents, and that you havent left anything behind.
Moving In: back to top
- United Van Lines will
contact you 24 hours prior to the expected arrival time
in order to make plans for unloading.
- Be on hand when the movers
arrive to answer any questions or note any change in the
condition of your furniture or goods.
- Have payment on hand for
your moving charges. Personal checks cannot be accepted.
- Confirm that utilities are
- To prevent possible damage,
wait at least 24 hours before turning on major
electronics, allowing time for them to adjust to the
change in temperature.
- Examine everything as its
unloaded, so you can note its condition on the drivers
copy of the Inventory Form. Check off each item on the
- On the Move-In Day you
will be asked to sign the following documents:
Goods Prepared prior to
loading, this document is a description of the condition
of your belongings. Youll be asked to sign it to
acknowledge receipt of your goods upon loading. Be sure
to check off every item as it is unloaded.
Lading This is
the shipping document that establishes the legal terms of
the service. You must declare the amount of value for
your shipment on this form.
Certificate This is used to
verify the "accessorial services" we performed
during your move. Please examine it carefully before you
sign it, making sure that you understand what your being
More Moving Tips from
Geiger Transfer and Storage
If you intend to pack yourself, here are
a few packing tips which you may find helpful.
1.Keep boxes below 50 lbs.
- if someone has to lift it and it is too heavy, the bottom may
open up causing damage. Make sure the carton is taped securely
with packing tape. Do not use masking tape.
2.Pack boxes to the top
- Use unprinted newspaper, if possible, to prevent ink stains to
fill the carton to the top. Old cardboard is also useful. Half
filled boxes tend to crush.
3.Mark your cartons well
- Identify what box is going in what room of the new home. Keep
in mind that when the boxes are loaded on the truck, it may have
to be packed on its side. Watch for bottles of perfume or other
items that will spill. It would be a good idea to prepare a
"First Day" box which contains a few dishes, soap,
towels, toilet paper, toys, a lamp, drinking glasses, pop, first
aid, paper towels, etc.
4.Watch what you pack and how you pack it
- Point cup handles and pitcher spouts towards the middle of the
box and never next to the side of the box. Pack books in small
cartons so the movers can lift it safely. Avoid packing liquids
with lids that may come loose in transit. Ask yourself "will
this freeze in transit?". Do not pack flammables such as
bleach, propane, aerosols, corrosives, gas from lawnmowers,
plastic squeeze bottles, etc. It is best to discard or take these
items in your car. Food boxes and medicines should be taped shut
and marked accordingly. Be sure to pack dishes on end -- side by
side on the bottom.
5.What to do with the clothes in the dressers
- Providing your dressers are not overly heavy to begin with,
simply leave your clothes in the dressers. In cases that the
dressers are too heavy, the drawers can be taken out and covered
6.Separate belongings you want to keep
- Before the movers arrive, keep the boxes separate so that they
won't be loaded on the truck by accident. Some like to place
stereo equipment, computer equipment, TV's, etc. in their cars
for peace of mind. Mark such items "DO NOT MOVE".
7.What to do with the kids
- For the comfort of the children, it is often helpful to have
them stay with a friend or relative during the move.
- You must be aware that no mover can transport the following
hazardous items: Full or empty propane tanks, acids of various
forms, materials needed for loading firearms, ammonia, charcoal
briquettes, lighter fluids, flammable paints and stains, portable
torches, varnish remover, gas & oil products, turpentine,
welding equipment, and fire extinguishers.
Your checklist on moving
- Disconnect all Appliances -
Turn off gas and water, drain all hoses (dishwasher and
washing machine), and disconnect the icemaker. Make sure
the freezer has time to defrost.
- Please ensure that the appliances
are empty of clothes or breakables. - Ensure that
your dishwasher and washer and dryer are empty.
- Disconnect cords - Unplug cords
on your TV, VCR, computer equipment, stereo, speakers,
- Reserve Elevators - Place
elevator on service and make sure it is padded. Make sure
the movers park close to the elevators to save on time.
- Telephone disconnection/reconnection
- Arrange to have your telephone disconnected at one home
and reconnected in the new home. If possible, keep your
telephone active on moving day.
- Bank Accounts - If you are
moving across town, you might consider to change your
bank account location. Does your bank handle multi-branch
banking? You may not have to open a new account. Either
way, you must decide what is more convenient for you.
- Change of Address - The Post
Office has forms you can send to various people and
companies. Together with a change of address can ensure
that you will get your mail at the new address.
- Extra Storage - If you have too
much furniture, you may need storage. Geiger can arrange
for safe storage of your items for limited or extended
periods of time.
Would you like to know more? Call 1-800-428-6683, or
send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.