When relocating or buying a new home, there is one thing that most people dread: moving day. While it can indeed be a hectic day, planning your move weeks in advance can make things much smoother. It’s also important to know what to expect on moving day itself. Here are some things to keep in mind:
# 1: Make final preparations
Strip bedding and put into a “load last” box. Unplug all appliances, leaving cords clearly visible. If you haven’t done so already, defrost your refrigerator and freezer, leaving the doors open.
# 2: Clear a path
Keep packed boxes in a room close to the door but out of the way. Survey for any obstacles that could block carried furniture such as railings or fence gates. Place non-slip rugs in any high traffic areas that could be potentially dangerous.
# 3: Call the sitter
Your family pet should be confined, or better yet, left with a friend. Even the nicest of animals will find a way to be dangerously underfoot. You may also want to leave small children with a friend or sitter during the bustle of the move itself.
# 4: Keep everyone refreshed
Whether you’re using professional movers or just your friends, make sure that everyone is comfortable and hydrated. If it is a hot day, provide lots of cold beverages and snacks. On cold days offer hot chocolate and coffee. Ordering pizza for lunch is a nice way to show everyone you appreciate all the hard work.
# 5: Keep neighbors (old and new) happy
Keep the moving truck from blocking other driveways, and make sure not to walk through your neighbor’s lawn or flowerbeds. Move during the day to avoid disturbing the neighborhood.
# 6: Last walkthrough
Be sure to leave your old house as clean as you’d hope to find your new one. Check one last time for any forgotten items, leave one or two lights on (to make the home seem warm) and lock all doors and windows.
# 7: Coordinate your move
If using professional movers, ask any remaining questions, finalize all contact information, and sign both the bill of lading and inventory sheet after careful review. Go over the destination address and projected route, as well as expected travel time.
I hope these tips help you as you near your own moving day. You’ll also find more resources for relocation on my website.
If you need any help or have questions about moving companies, I’d love to be of assistance. Together we can ensure that your move becomes a smooth and successful one.