ResourcesA few helpful tips can go a long way

Seven Weeks Prior

Call Berman to set a time for us to visually survey your household goods and prepare an estimate. If your move will be paid for by your employer, contact your company's Relocation Department or Human Resources Department to determine the level of service authorized.

Six Weeks Prior

Berman will also assign a move coordinator to be your single point of contact throughout your entire move.

Five Weeks Prior

Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move.

Four Weeks Prior

Consider having a "garage sale" to dispose of unwanted items. If you donate clothing or household goods to charitable organizations, obtain receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions.

Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving. Consider making shipping arrangements for frozen foods with the local frozen food locker plant.

Three Weeks Prior

Notify your move coordinator if you add or subtract items from your planned household goods shipment or if there are any changes in dates of the move. Be sure to also supply the destination location, contact address and phone numbers where you can be reached.

Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel or motel rooms as needed.

If you are driving your car, have it serviced for the trip.

Two Weeks Prior

Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables, including fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Your move coordinator can provide you with a complete list of "non-allowables". Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery.

Obtain written appraisal of antique items to verify the value. Avoid waxing or oiling wood antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.

It is the owner's responsibility to see that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van. Servicing is at the owner's expense. Most items such as washers, stereos, grandfather clocks, copiers and computers have components that must be securely fastened prior to shipping.

For safe moving of such articles, the units should be prepared by a licensed or properly trained service technician. Upon request, and for an additional charge, a moving company is permitted to perform this service with qualified personnel or arrange for it through an authorized service company. If the owner has failed to have an article serviced, the van operator may load and haul it but will mark the inventory sheet "Not Serviced".

Request a copy of our "Moving Appliances & Other Home Furnishings" booklet for more information from your move coordinator.

Photocopying Machines: These must be serviced by a company that does maintenance on them. The toner cartridge must be removed and the reserve well must be emptied of all toner so the copier is not damaged. If not serviced, Berman will not be liable for any damage.

One Week Prior

Decide what to do with houseplants. Berman Moving / Atlas Van Lines cannot accept responsibility for safely moving your plants. You may prefer to transport your houseplants in the family car. Other alternatives: Give them to friends or relatives, donate them to a hospital or other organization, or include them in a garage sale. Some states permit the entry of all house plants; others admit them in accordance with specific rules and regulations. Ask your move coordinator for a copy of our "Moving With House Plants" booklet.

Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely attached to the pet's collar.

Arrange for transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air. Consider boarding pets either at destination or at a kennel near your present home until you are settled in the new city. Ask your move coordinator for a copy of our "Moving With Pets" booklet.

  • Collect any merchandise in layaway at local stores
  • Collect all items being cleaned, stored, or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.).
  • Empty your locker at the club, bowling alley, or gym.
  • Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors and collect things you may have loaned.


Two Days Prior

Collect things you definitely want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in separate groups. Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, if possible, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes TV sets, home computers and stereos.

Be on hand when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment. Remove ink cartridges from computer printers/fax machines. Place the cartridges in zip-lock bags.

Packing Day

Point out to the packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention. Mark any items you do not want packed or moved, as well as items you will want first when the van arrives at destination.

Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.

Moving Day

It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so be sure to remain on the premises until loading is completed. After making a final tour of the house to be sure no items have been overlooked, check and sign the inventory. Get your copy from the van operator and keep it.

Approve and sign the combination Bill of Lading and Freight Bill. It states the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment. Be sure you have a completed and signed the declared valuation statement in the space provided on the Bill of Lading.

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 about where and how you can be reached, including telephone numbers, pending the arrival of your household goods. Make sure your move coordinator has this information as well.

Please keep your telephone connected throughout moving day.

Last Minute Details

Take a last look around:

  • Is the water shut off?
  • Is the furnace shut off?
  • Are the light switches turned off?
  • Are the utilities arranged for disconnection?
  • Are the windows shut and locked?
  • Are the old house keys surrendered?
  • Have you left anything?
Delivery Day

Be on hand to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, be sure you give written authorization to your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.

Using the van operator's inventory, check your household goods as they are unloaded. If there is a change in the condition of the property from that noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note any damage and/or missing items on the van operator's copy of the inventory sheet. By signing the inventory sheet, you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed. Personally report any loss or damage to your move coordinator.

When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including the laying of rugs. If unpacking of the boxes is desired, it will be scheduled the day after delivery, provided that day is not a weekend. Unpacking will consist of unwrapping the articles and placing them on countertops or tabletops. You can then put them away as they are unpacked.

Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place. You will need them for verification of moving expenses when you file your federal income tax return.

To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic equipment, and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.

One Week After

Check with the post office for any mail being held and ask for delivery to start.

Check state (and local) requirements for auto registration and an operator's license.

Once you've selected a family physician and dentist, you'll need to have records transferred. Usually, dental records can be sent to your new dentist by simply making a phone call. Transferring medical records from your previous physician normally requires a written request and your signature. If you want to obtain any previous hospital records on your health history, write the medical records department at the hospital where you were a patient. You'll need to include your previous physician's name and the name of your new doctor.

You may want to select an attorney to discuss laws that pertain to your destination state, county, and/or city. Be sure to cover such matters as wills, transfers of property and investments, insurance regulations, inheritance laws, taxes, etc. Most laws affect a family as soon as residence in the new state and city is established.

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