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Move Planner and Checklist

To help organize your move, keep this page handy and tick it off as you go.

AIMS Logistics knows how easy it could be to forget a vital detail whilst moving, so we've done the ground work for you. Our handy checklist is sure to help you get where you're going. If possible, allow up to 30 days to plan your move and schedule any activities you want to complete before moving day. Start planning early and you'll be surprised how smoothly things can go.

The following checklist is designed to help you plan better:

Weeks 12-9

If you are being relocated by your company, verify what your company relocation policy covers and what you will be responsible for.
Establish tentative dates for your move.
Put your home on sale, or notify your landlord or your intent to vacate.
Begin your mover selection process.

Weeks 8-7

Select AIMS Logistics to handle your relocation.
Make a list of everyone you'll need to notify of your move. Update your contacts/address book.
Sort items you don't intend to take to your new location. Plan a date for selling off unwanted items.
Contact your accountant regarding forms and information about tax-deductible moving expenses.

Week 6

Check that your passports and visas are valid.
Check whether any permits are required, e.g. residency, work, vehicles or firearms.
Check vaccination requirements.
Check your travel documents and tickets.
Collect all your personal documents, e.g. birth and marriage certificates and medical records.
Advise your solicitor, bank, doctor, dentist, insurance company, building society.
Cancel subscriptions to clubs and magazines.
Clear out the loft, garage and shed.

Week 5

Notify schools of your move date. Arrange for records to be transferred to new school system.
Schedule pick up and delivery dates with your mover. If you need storage, make arrangements with your moving company now.
Continue sorting belongings, dividing them into what will go in the shipment, what will go with you, and what you are giving away or disposing of.
If you have high value items (like antiques) that you expect to be shipping, obtain an appraisal and get receipts.
Make travel arrangements.

Week 4

Sell off unwanted items or donate items to charity.
Reconfirm dates for packing, pick up and delivery with your mover.
Send change of address cards to the Post Office, relatives, friends and magazine subscriptions.

Week 3

Notify the utilities at your current address of your disconnect dates.
Notify your credit card companies of the change of address. Apply for new bank cards.

Week 2

Take care of financial arrangements like transferring bank accounts, contents of safe deposit box, notify your broker or investment counselor and settle any outstanding bills.
If you have a pet, take it to the vet to be immunized prepared for the journey. Arrange for transportation of your pet, and obtain copies of your pet's records or licenses.
If you are moving into or out of a high rise building, contact the secretary and reserve the elevator for moving day.
Drain oil and petrol from all your power equipment.
Cancel deliveries and services like newspapers and trash collection effective by your moving date.
Consider a sitter for kids and pets on moving day.

Moving week

Defrost the freezer; give or throw away perishables you won't eat in the next few days.
Pack your luggage and anything you are taking with you.
Use only those household items you absolutely must, like towels, sheets, pans, a coffeepot and a few tools; anything else should be ready to go.
Obtain travelers check for trip expenses and cashiers or certified check for payment to mover.
Disconnect, clean and dry any electrical appliances that you wish to ship.
Arrange with neighbors to leave sufficient parking space for the removal vehicle.
On moving day Relax and let AIMS Logistics do the work.
Remain on hand in case the packers have any questions.
Check all rooms, cupboards and walls to make sure nothing is left behind.

At AIMS Logistics we specialise in providing comprehensive relocation services apart from being professional packers and movers and freight forwarders. We also excel in pet moving and provide free information on customs and baggage rules.

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