Preparations To Make Before Movers Arrive
One of the best ways to reduce the stress and the hectic nature of moving day is to be prepared when the movers show up. It may seem like you just need to have everything packed in boxes and ready to be loaded onto a truck (which is helpful), but there are some other steps you can take to make sure everything goes as planned and you can stick to your moving schedule.
Clean Up - Make sure that there’s no obstacles or loose clutter in the main hallways and rooms. Even a loose Lego sitting on the floor of a child’s room can become a hazard when you’re carrying a couch and walking backwards. A clutter free home makes moving much easier for all parties involved, plus it will reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do before turning over the keys.
Have A Plan - Maintaining a moving schedule and sticking to it is very helpful, especially in the days leading up to moving day. It’s advisable to write out a plan for specific tasks on specific days and doing everything you can to meet those goals. If you need some inspiration, there’s a handful of good moving guides available online that can help you make sure you haven’t overlooked anything important.
Gather Supplies - If you need boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap, blankets or any other type of moving supplies, it’s best to have them on hand for moving day. Ideally, you’ll have already done some packing and have these things on hand, but it’s also advisable to take a walk around your home or apartment and making sure you have everything needed to more your furniture. If there’s any mirrors or glass that needs to be handled delicately, you’ll want to have some sort of buffer between it and other items on the moving truck. Renting a hand truck can be a good idea as well, though the moving company will have one in their truck too.
Have An Essentials Bag Or Box - As you’re packing up boxes, take some time to think about things you’ll need access to while you’re in the process of moving and set it aside. Anything you might need on a regular basis such as toiletries, a phone charger, medications, drinks and snacks, cash, and anything else you think is necessary. If you’ll be traveling for a day or more to get to your new home, make sure to plan for that.
Load Up Everything In One Place - One thing that can be immensely helpful to movers and speed up the loading process is if you’re able to gather most of your belongings in one place. Usually a garage or living room work well since there’s more space and it will save movers the time of having to go through each individual room to get items before loading them onto the truck.
Double-check Moving Arrangements - Whether you have a truck booked for a do-it-yourself move or have a moving company handling the entire job for you, it’s smart to double check everything. Verify the time that movers will be arriving, the size and type of truck, and any other arrangements you may have made. If you’re renting a truck, verify the time it will be available and where you’ll be returning it when done. If you’ll be moving over the course of several days, double-check that with the trucking company as well.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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