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8–12 Weeks Before You Move:

  •          If you own your home, contact your real estate agent to begin the selling process.
  •          Decide upon your preferred moving dates.
  •          Research your new community by using on-line moving tools:
  •         Have a garage sale or donate goods you do not wish to take with you. 

4-8 Weeks Before You Move:

  •          Contact Pattons Movers to schedule a convenient time for a free estimate.
  •          Purchase/rent your new home; arrange financing; establish close dates.
  •          Make a list of everyone you need to notify of your move.
  •          Obtain change of address cards from your local post office.
  •          Check with your school on transferring your children’s school records.
  •          Research driver’s license requirements for the state you are moving to.
  •          Find out from the IRS or your accountant if moving expenses can be tax deductible.
  •          Contact your insurance agent to discuss your new home's insurance needs.
  •          Enroll in a new bank in your new city.
  •          Organize your medical and dental records.

3 Weeks Before You Move:

  •         Decide whether you will pack your own cartons or if you’d like to utilize a professional company    
  •          Compile all important personal records.
  •          Change your address on credit cards, magazine subscriptions, etc..·        
  •           If you have children,  arrange for them to be at a babysitter during loading day.
  •          Arrange to have your utilities disconnected AFTER your move-out day (not before).
  •          Arrange to connect your utilities at your new home the day BEFORE your scheduled move-in

2 Weeks Before You Move:

  •          Plan to use all the food in your refrigerator and freezer.
  •          Clean your home and clear your basement and attic.
  •          Cancel all current delivery services, such as newspapers.
  •          Dispose of all flammables, cleaners, paints, aerosols, ammunition, etc.
  •          Transfer all current prescriptions to a local pharmacy near your new home.
  •         Clear out your safety deposit box.
  •         Transfer bank accounts.
  •         Verify that you have packed everything.
  •          Drain the oil and gasoline from your lawn mower and other power tools if they are to be moved .

One Week Before You Move:

  •          Confirm your travel arrangements for your family.
  •         Provide contact phone numbers for your moving agent so you are accessible while in transit.
  •          Empty and clean your appliances such as your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, etc.
  •          Only use the household items that you absolutely need,  such as sheets, towels, a few pans and  dishes. Make  sure everything else is ready to be moved.

Moving Day:

  •          Review all paperwork with your moving van driver.
  •          Be available to check off inventory of all items moving.
  •          Once moving van is loaded, double check that nothing was left behind in your old home.
  •          Make sure your children and pets are not at home so that they do not get in the way of the        movers.

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Moving Tips

When is the best time to move?

Take all factors into consideration when deciding on the best time for you to move. Keep in mind, however, that the summer months (mid-May to mid-September) and the beginning and end of each month (regardless of the season) are particularly busy for moving companies and may require more flexibility and advanced scheduling.

How do I determine which moving companies to contact?

Ask your neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members if they can make recommendations. .

When should I contact moving companies for estimates?

Try to provide moving companies with as much notice as possible, especially if you are moving during the summer months. We recommend at least four to six weeks before your desired moving date. This will increase your likelihood of securing the pickup and delivery dates you desire.

What happens when a relocation consultant comes to my home?

The relocation consultant will arrive at your home to perform a visual survey of your items. The consultant must be able to clearly see what is being moved in order to provide you with an accurate estimate. If you know of items that are out of view or will be eliminated, be certain to point them out to the consultant. Once the visual survey is completed, the consultant will calculate the weight, packing cost and any other charges related to your move.

Household Moving Tips

Preparing For The Move

  • Have a garage sale. Get rid of everything you don't need before you move.
  • Get organized now. Don't wait until the last minute. Make list of things you need to do and when.
  • Make sure you are ready for the packers and movers. Don't forget to do the laundry, wash the dishes, pack your suitcases, disconnect computers, stereos and VCRs.
  • Set aside those items that you will be taking with you and clearly mark them as Do Not Pack.
  • Arrange to close your accounts at your local bank and opens accounts in your new hometown.
  • Obtain a change-of-address kit from your post office or go tohttps://moversguide.usps.com
  • Drain the gas and oil from all your power equipment (lawnmower, edger, etc.)
  • Schedule house cleaning and other home services for the day after loading.
  • Have your utilities shut off the day after loading (gas, electric, telephone, etc)
  • Make your travel arrangements for the day after loading. In case of weather delays or other unforeseen problems, you wouldn't want to miss a flight or other travel related appointment.
  • Before the moving truck leaves for your destination, give the driver your phone numbers where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to get the driver's cell phone number.
  • Be aware of items that can't be moved with the mover.
  • These items include:
  • Flammable Items
  • Combustible Items
  • Aerosol cans
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Gasoline
  • Plants
  • Paints
  • Ammunitions and Explosives
  • Jewelry
  • Legal Documents (wills, financial papers, insurance documents, etc.)

When using a mover, remember that you are the customer and the boss. If you have any concerns at all, contact your move coordinator immediately.

Moving Guide

Pattons Movers can assist you with your upcoming move by taking care of all the details. Because there is so much to plan and organize, you can rely on Pattons Movers to help you every step of the way.

The key to a successful move is planning. Planning and organizing your move will help you alleviate the stress of moving, and avoid any surprises. The relocation process takes anywhere from 90-120 days. During this time, you will need to plan and organize your move. The more organized you are, the less stressed you will be. When using a professional mover, be aware that the summer months are the busiest, so be sure to contact your Pattons Movers agent 30 to 45 days prior to your preferred move dates so that you are not disappointed.

Moving with Children

A move can be especially taxing for children. Here are some helpful tips to ease their concerns and make your move easier:

  • Get them involved – this will help alleviate some of your child's stress about moving to a new place
  •  Let them pack their own special box belongings
  •   Discuss their fears and worries about the move

Be sure they are not there on moving day, as they may become upset that their things being loaded on the truck. We suggest that they spend the day with family or friends to minimize their anxiety about the move. Proper planning will help your children in the transition to you new home and community.

Moving your Pets

Pets cannot be moved on the moving truck. Be sure that they are not present on moving day as they might get in the way. Also, arrange for your pet's transportation in advance. You might want to visit your veterinarian to obtain your pet's health records, to update their tags, and to obtain tranquilizers to calm your pet during transport.

Moving Plants

Plants should not be moved. We cannot be responsible for the care of plants, and many states have enacted quarantines on moved plants. We recommend that they move with you in your vehicle and not on the Pattons Movers truck

Moving Checklist

800-989-4621 or 540-662-3208

Patton’s Movers, Inc. 160 Imboden Drive         Winchester, VA 22603   Office: 540-662-3208     Fax:    540-662-6008

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