Moving your home or business to or from the Denver, CO area and don’t know where to start? From forwarding mail and transferring utilities to moving your belongings and unpacking, Fischer Van Lines is our one-stop resource.
We understand the stress and confusion of a big move to a new city, and we’ll use our nearly 30 years of experience to help you prepare. Our professional move planners will guide you through the entire process, from start to finish.
Fischer’s Move Planning team is trained to provide expert advice and assistance from the planning and packing stage to the moving and unpacking stage.
You will save time and money by planning and organizing. To stay on schedule use our comprehensive and fully adaptable move planner. We offer you several moving tips, but you can also add your own moving suggestions, edit and change your dates for relocating tasks and set e-mail recalls. Our complete reference pages “packing tips” help you to pack efficiently, like a professional.
Some Important move planning guidlines:
Whether you’re renting or buying, if you’re planning to move, you’ve probably got your hands full. In addition to getting your home packed up, you’ve got utility accounts to close and open, change of address cards to complete, and dozens of other items on your “to do” list. Here are some things you’ll be able to do that will help make your move go a little bit easier:
Do not take everything with you.
Go through everything and throw away, give away, or just sell things you don’t need anymore. When you get down to the things you can’t live without – start packing. Why pay to bring something you never use with you just so that it can sit there, unused, in your new home?
Save those old newspapers
Start saving your old newspapers for wrapping delicate objects like china and glassware. You may want to double or triple wrap each piece, so put away even more newspaper than you think you’ll need. If you don’t want to rewash the plates after you move, buy packages of plain newsprint or tissue paper for the initial wrap (your local office supply store or warehouse club store may sell you some plain paper) and then put newspaper over that. You’ll want to get a head start on stockpiling your packing material as soon as you’re sure that the move will take place
Be sure to evaluate the possibility of an interim move
Will your new home be ready, or will there be a delay? Do you need an interim move? Will you be storing your stuff? If you’re moving a long distance, it’s best to store your belongings near your new home. That way, if you need something you will be able to get it quickly and easily. Be sure to allocate time towards researching storage options if you anticipate a need for storage. Some movers can store your belongings in transit, or delay delivery until you are ready for your belongings.
Schedule repair or renovation work ahead of time
If you need repair, decorating, or renovation work done on your new house, get busy scheduling the work four to six weeks before you move. If you’re planning to paint or decorate, you may want to have that work done before you’ve unpacked most things and settled into your new home. Having the moving crew and your service providers try to work around each other on the same day should be avoided if at all possible.
Get your new utility accounts
A few weeks before the move, you’ll want to contact your local utility companies (telephone, electricity, cable, gas, water) and let them know of your move. Arrange to have these services cut off at the end of moving day. Don’t forget to arrange the hookup of utilities to your new home.
Reserve the elevators
If you’re moving to a condo, high-rise, or co-op, or are moving out of one, you’ll need to schedule the move day with the building’s management. Generally, large condos (those with an elevator) require you to “reserve” the freight elevator for your move. Do this ahead of time or the day on which you’d like to move may already be booked. There may even be fees for having the building maintenance men “oversee” your move. Ask your new building personnel about moving-in rules, and don’t be surprised if you’re asked to pay for the privilege. When hiring, you can inform us about your reservation.
Discontinue delivery services
Two weeks before your move, you’ll want to set the day to stop your delivery services, like newspapers, dry cleaning, or laundry. If you’re buying a home in a new state, your broker may be able to help you find new service providers in your new town.
Around two weeks before your move, you’ll have to fill out and mail your change-of-address cards. Your local post office can give you some cards to fill out. If you receive Federal Express or UPS packages for your home-based business, you’ll want to inform these companies of your change of address as well
Moving with pets
If you’re moving with pets, you may need to take some special precautions. Pets cannot be shipped on moving vans. They should travel with you whenever possible and wear special identification tags with your name, address, telephone number, and the name of a relative or other emergency contact in case you can’t be located. Some pets may become stressed or agitated by a move, and you should check with your veterinarian to see if a mild sedative can be provided if you suspect that this might be the case. If you decide to ship your pet by air, make the arrangements ahead of time. If you move across state lines, nearly every state has laws on the entry of animals. Check with your state to be sure you understand them.
Most states require up-to-date rabies shots for dogs and cats. For example, if you’re moving to Hawaii with your pet, you’ll have to quarantine the animal for 120 days. Some pets must have an entry permit issued by the destination state’s regulatory agency. Finally, your new town (or condo or co-op) may have restrictions on the number of dogs or cats that can live at one residence. Always check with local officials where you are moving.
Moving with plants
You generally won’t have a problem if you’re moving house plants, but some states do require you to have an inspection by an authorized state department agriculture inspector. Some plants that are permissible in some states will not be allowed in others, so you’ll want to find out in advance of your move. Also keep in mind that plants are susceptible to shock when moving and it may be dangerous for the plant if the temperature is below 35 degrees F (2 degrees C) or above 95 to 100 degrees F (36 to 38 degrees C) for more than an hour. Many plants can tolerate darkness for up to a week, but it’s best not to store them for prolonged periods.
Little things like knowing what to pack and when, who to contact for local services and what to do with your pets can make life much easier. Fischer Van Lines can help answer these questions and deliver your belonging safely.