It’s very important to us that your belongings are protected, so we offer Full-Value Protection (FVP) upfront with every estimate. FVP is a plan to protect you if the unexpected happens to your personal items during your move.
Remember, in addition to these local and cross country moving tips, your A1A Atlantic Moving & Storage Sales Representative is also an excellent resource for any questions you encounter when planning a move. Our representatives have many years of moving experience, and chances are, they’ll not only have an answer to your question - they’ll have a range of answers and helpful solutions.
If you are packing yourself, stock up on packing supplies. Moving boxes, bubble wrap, newspapers, packing foam, packing tape, plastic totes – anything and everything you can gather (ahead of time) will help when it’s time to begin packing.
Start the packing process early. The earlier you begin packing, the more organized and stress-free you’ll be.
Mark all moving containers with the contents and location in your new home. You can lose a lot of time (you and/or your movers) digging into boxes to figure out what they contain, and where they go in your new home.
De-clutter and purge unwanted items. The more items you can donate, give away or sell, the lighter your load will be – saving you packing time, loading time and ultimately – money.
Make a list of all utilities you’ll need to contact to set up end-of-service dates and final bill details; likewise with start-of-service dates at your new home. Check off each utility as you make arrangements.
Make a similar list for all other bills, like mortgages, auto loans/leases, credit card and cell phone accounts.
Try to move during the week, when more services like banks, government offices, utilities, mechanics and tow-services are open, in the event you run into any problems and need assistance.
If you have pets, make plans well ahead of time as to where to keep them during the move – and how you’ll transport them to your new home.
If you’re having A1A Atlantic Moving & Storage do the packing and moving, make sure to separate valuable and/or irreplaceable items like important paperwork/documents, jewelry, family heirlooms, keepsakes, photos or any other items you’d feel more comfortable moving yourself.
Don’t forget to file your change of address with the Post Office.
Plan ahead regarding prescription medications – make sure you’ll have enough with you during your move, and transfer prescriptions to your new pharmacy in advance of your move.
Decide what to do with house plants. A1A Atlantic Moving & Storage cannot safely move your plants especially during cross country moving because they may suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van.
It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is complete. After making a final tour of the house, check and sign the inventory. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it.
Approve and sign the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill. It states the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment. Be sure to complete and sign the declared valuation statement.
Complete and sign the High-Value Inventory form, whether or not items of extraordinary value are included in the shipment. You also need to sign and date the "Extraordinary (Unusual) Value Article Declaration" box on the Bill of Lading, if applicable to your shipment. .
Make sure the van operator has the exact destination address. Be sure to let the van operator know how you can be reached, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your household goods.
Notify your Customer Service Coordinator of any changes, questions or concerns before during or after your relocation.