Packing in Advance
Whenever possible and feasible, try to start packing nonessential items well in advance. Think about your closets containing seasonal clothes and
jackets, extra bedding, linens, garage items, etc. Your five objectives are:
- Keep from over loading the boxes making them too heavy to carry or susceptible to breaking.
- Pack items together which go to the same room in your new residence. This simple step will make unpacking much easier and will keep things organized.
- Label your boxes with tags or a dark marker. Itemize the contents so you know where to look when searching for a particular item. This will also help when
determining which boxes to unpack first. Also, label each box with the name of the room to which it is be delivered so your movers aren't handling the boxes
multiple times once inside.
- Throw away, give away or recycle those items you know you will never use again. Appliances, old clothes or shoes, coats, furniture, carpet remnants and
rugs can all be recycled or discarded in advance of the move.
- Pack expensive jewelry, antiques, artwork and other personal treasures separately, and consider taking them to the new location yourself. While all
reputable movers carry insurance, special items like those listed here may be irreplaceable or too unique to determine a replacement value.
Move Day Packing
There are plenty of good tips online for packing before and the day of your move. If your belongings are not packed properly, they may be severely damaged,
especially valuables such as electronics and antiques. Moving day will extremely hectic and you don’t want to be scrambling to pack expensive or fragile items.
Some household items may need special handling. Consult with your movers before you start packing.
Moving Day Food Ideas
You should think of your food prior to moving day. Do not leave everything for the last moment. Consider preparing sandwiches, pizza, even some sweets. Also,
while most movers will take a lunch break on their own, it is a nice gesture to be prepared to offer food to the movers. If the packing and the loading takes more
time than you have planned, the movers will likely take a break, so it’s a good idea to have some refreshments around. If it is cold outside, count on hot drinks –
Moving Day and Kids
Moving with children who need supervision is quite a challenge. Arrange to have someone to take care of your children. There will be people moving around,
coming in and out all the time. Ask a friend to keep an eye on your little ones on moving day, as they always need special attention. If everybody is busy around,
hire a sitter. It will cost you some extra money, but it’s worth it.
Moving Day and Pets
If you have pets, make sure that they won’t cause trouble or worse, get lost. It will be best to entrust your pets to someone of the family. You don’t want
an overly protective dog to snap at the movers or a frightened cat to run off to avoid the confusion.
Cleaning After Movers
After the movers leave the house and load all of your furniture, it will be a total mess. Buy the proper cleaning products in advance, so you can start cleaning
after everything is loaded. You will save much time if you have your detergents prepared to use on moving day. You can consider hiring a cleaning company to help you
with the mess if you can afford it. Or else, ask some friends or neighbors to give you a hand with the cleaning on the moving day.
Moving companies may ask for a moving deposit fee when you are hiring them and the rest of the sum is paid on the moving day. If you ultimately moved more goods
than originally quoted, you will fined you may have a final bill larger than your original estimate. It could be an awkward situation if it turns out that you don’t
have the balance due on moving day. Movers always give accurate estimates in advance so you can plan to have payment ready.
Check Out Inventory Moving List
Do not forget to check and confirm that every item is properly noted in your movers inventory list. This is very important because in case of damaged or
lost items, you can file a complaint against your moving company based on this inventory list. Be sure that everything in the bill of lading is checked the way
it originally appeared and that nicks, scratches and other damage is noted prior to the move.
Confirm the Route to the New Location
Moving locally or long distance, check the route twice before setting out for the new location. If you are driving and moving by yourself, the last thing
you want is to get lost in the middle of nowhere. Discuss the route with your movers. They can give you easy to follow directions for your trip.
Hire a Professional Mover!
The wisest and safest path to a smooth, uneventful move is to hire a professional moving company for your upcoming move. Trust your belongings to a licensed
and insured relocation specialist.
Some Moving Tips to Keep in Mind
- Notify your telephone, electric, gas, water, and credit card Companies.
- Forward necessary mail to your new address. Discontinue service on a specific date.
- Notify former employers. This will make tax time less taxing.
- Be there and give direction. Let them know what you want loaded first and loaded last.
- Get a copy of your inventory sheet from the foreman. Double check his notations about existing damage to your goods.
- Have your insurance plan readily available. Hopefully you will have no use of this tip.
- Devise a system. You should label your boxes with their destination in your new home. Hang numbered signs on the doorposts of each room and write the same
numbers on the appropriate boxes. (Example: "2nd Fl./Room 4") If you're handy with a pencil, sketch a sample layout of your house, number the rooms on it, and
post the layout on the truck for reference.
- Load the rooms to be unloaded first—last. Whatever room is furthest from the entrance in your new home should be that room. In other words, unload back to front.
The kitchen should be done at the very end though, because heavy appliances should go in the truck first. Don't forget to have your tools ready when you start unloading.
You should put your tool box in when everything else is loaded in the truck. Take all your valuable documents and jewelry with you! Don't forget about your plants
either. Most are too sensitive to make a long journey in a hot, dark truck. If you can take them with you too.