Moving Checklist

  • Establish your preferred moving dates.
  • Find out if your employer will be paying for the move, or will be providing you with a lump sum or a direct reimbursement. If so, discuss IMS enCompass program.
  • Have a garage sale or donate goods you do not want to move. This will help you save costs on the move.
  • Contact your local IMS agent to schedule a convenient time for a free estimate.
  • Purchase your new home; arrange financing; establish close dates.
  • Research driver’s license requirements for the state you are moving to.
  • Find out from your government or your accountant if moving expenses are tax deductible.
  • Contact your insurance agent to discuss your insurance needs for your new home.
  • Make a decision on whether you will pack your own cartons or if you’d like to utilize IMS professional packing service.
  • Begin the packing process if you are doing it yourself.
  • Compile all personal records.
  • 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.
  • Arrange to connect your utilities the day before your scheduled move-in day.
  • Plan to use all the food in your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Clean your home and clear basement and attics.
  • Dispose of all flammables, cleaners, paints, aerosols, ammunition, etc.
  • Be sure that you have packed everything in advance.
  • Provide contact phone numbers for your IMS agent so that you are accessible during your move.
  • Empty and clean your refrigerator and freezer, clean your stove, etc.
  • Only use those household items that you’ll need, such as sheets, towels, a few pans and dishes. Make sure everything else is ready to be moved.
  • Review all paperwork with your IMS driver.
  • Be available to check off inventory of all items moving.
  • Once the moving van is loaded, double-check that nothing was left behind in closets, basement, attic, cabinets, drawers, etc.
  • 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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