8-12 weeks before you move
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.
4-8 weeks before you 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.
3 weeks before you move
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.
2 weeks before you move
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.
1 week before you move
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 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.