Moving to a new place can be exciting. Just the thought of a new home, new neighborhood and a new city can fill you with thoughts of anticipation and adventure. Then the actual moving day arrives and the stress and frustration of moving sets in and you don’t know what to do.
First off, take a deep breath and relax. Second, pull out this handy checklist and make sure that you are following it closely to have an easy and stress-free moving day. These tips were written by people who have moved, for people who are moving and if you read them carefully, you will soon be in your new place, unpacked and settled in. Now let’s get ready for that moving truck to arrive!
Clearly Mark and Set Aside Items You Don’t Want Loaded
If you have items that you don’t want loaded onto the trucks or handled by the movers, mark them and place them aside. Be sure that the markings are visible or let the movers know that those items won’t be going on the truck.
Pack Special Items for the Kids
If you have children, moving day can be even more hectic. Pack some special items for the children and let the movers know about it so that box can be unloaded first at your new place. Be sure to explain to the children that their possessions are safe and sound and will be coming with them.
Reserve a Parking Space for the Moving Truck
If you live in a congested area, be sure to reserve some parking space for the moving crew. Remember, their truck is very large and they will need access to the front of your home so they can load and unload quickly and easily.
Take Care of Your Driver and Crew Members
Your moving crew is working very hard, be sure to take care of them. Offer them water or sports drinks on hot days and tea or coffee if you are moving in the colder months. If they arrive early, put out some pastries for them and maybe order a pizza for lunch. You will be amazed at how much more work you will get and how much more considerate the will be of your items.
Take one last sweep of the house before the driver leaves.
Take a final sweep through the house to make sure everything that is going on the truck is loaded. If you have a storage unit, a basement or crawl space, be sure to check there for any items that could be easily missed.
Moving day doesn’t have to be stressful and, when done right, it can be a very exciting time. Make sure to review this checklist before the movers arrive and follow the steps to ensure your items are loaded and on their way to your new home.