Begin collecting boxes and other packing supplies. You can order a wide selection of moving boxes from U-Pack to be delivered to your door.
Begin packing items you don't use often. Also start separating and disposing of the items you've designated for a yard sale, donation or the junk yard. If you donate, be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes.
Start pinpointing a "move date". This will be the day you receive your ABF trailer or ReloCube? for loading. Try to take advantage of the lower rates offered Tuesdays through Thursdays and during the first three weeks of the month.
Plan ahead for parking the ABF Trailer or ReloCube. If you?re moving in an ABF trailer, keep in mind that you'll be receiving a 28 foot commercial trailer, which will require a 14 foot overhead clearance and in most cases will need to be left overnight. You should contact your property manager or local authorities to ensure you will be complying with any parking restrictions.
Plan for short-term or long-term storage at destination if needed.
Moving Tips - 4 Weeks Before
Reserve your ABF move online or by calling 1-800-240-7422. Reservations should be made at least one business day prior to your move date. Please keep in mind that reservations are based on availability. If you are loading into a trailer, ramps are available at most locations. Purchase furniture pads, mattress protectors, dish protectors, two wheelers and more through the U-Pack Moving Boxes and Supply Store.
File a change of address with the Postal Service. If you are unsure of your new address, ask the postal service to hold your mail at their office in your new city.
Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the water or gas company, request your refund.
Make travel arrangements for your pets. Don?t forget to include necessary medical and immunization records.
Advertise and host your garage sale.
Call your newspaper courier and set a date to cancel your subscription.
Moving Tips - 3 Weeks Before
Make sure all library books have been returned and all dry cleaning or items out for repair have been picked up. Also retrieve any items out on loan.
Decide if you will keep your plants or give them away. Remember plants cannot be loaded into the trailer or ReloCube.
Verify the destination address and your contact information is correct on your BOL.
Write the number of linear feet or number of ReloCubes you loaded into on two copies of the BOL. This is very important, as an accurate BOL ensures an accurate rate.
Call the local ABF terminal when your shipment is ready to be picked up.
If moving on an ABF trailer, verify the footage with the driver and both you and the driver sign two copies of the BOL ? keep one copy for your file and give one copy to the driver.
Call your local terminal to verify charges and get your ?pro? or tracking number the day after your shipment is picked up. You can use this number to track your shipment around the clock either online or by calling 1-800-FOR-ABFS.
Take note of utility meter readings.
Leave a note with your new address in the house so that future residents can forward any stray mail.
Keep a friend or family member informed of your plans and "whereabouts" in case of an emergency or unforeseen event.
You are likely to arrive at your new home ahead of your shipment. Take this time to look things over and to ensure your utilities have been connected.
Check appliances and systems to ensure all are working properly, and arrange for repairs if necessary.
Verify that your mail is being delivered to your new address and pick up any mail being held.
Consider drawing out your new floor plan and decide where you want furniture and appliances placed.
Track your shipment and work with the local terminal to schedule delivery. Plan ahead for parking.
Plan to be present when ABF delivers your shipment. Show the driver where you want the equipment parked and sign for delivery. If you are unable to do this, work closely with a friend or representative to accept your shipment.
Unless you are paying by credit card, have a cashier's check or money order ready for the driver.
After your goods are unloaded, contact your local terminal to have your equipment taken away. Be sure to remove all debris, and leave only the bulkhead and ramp when moving in a trailer.
Keep all receipts and documentation in your move file and store the file in a safe place. Be sure to include your Bill of Lading and delivery receipt. You'll be glad to have everything in one place at tax time.
Get a new driver's license and new tags for your automobile.