When moving day arrives, chances are it will be a high-stress event – even with the best planning. Taking steps to reduce moving day problems is a good idea to help both the family and moving crews alike in dealing with all of the activity. Whether hiring a long distance or local moving company, homeowners can help the process with a few last minute moving day plans. A residential moving company can work more safely and efficiently and reduce the stress on everyone by following the 7 easy tips listed below.
- Prepare New Homes In Advance – Bringing belongings into a house that is move-in ready is important. Make sure all lights work and all floors, stairs, and entryways clear. Also ensure that furniture will actually fit through all required doorways. A homeowner should go to the new home ahead of time to prepare, measure, and clean, so moving will be as trouble-free as possible.
- Inventory and Label Everything – Moving companies compile their own inventory lists as they pack; however, it is a good idea for a homeowner to prepare an inventory list as well. Label all boxes as to destination room when the moving truck is unloaded. This helps residential moving crews work efficiently and helps determine if anything is missing once the truck arrives.
- Pack A ‘First Night’ Box – When movers will be packing, homeowners should prepare a box to cover first night needs at the new location. Doing this ahead of time ensures that there is no confusion about what should not get packed. Include all items that must be easily located like toiletries, medications, important records, a change of clothing, baby and pet food, and anything else that must not get packed because it will be needed. Transport this box in the family car so it is readily available.
- Keep Pets and Children Secure – Loose pets and curious children wandering around are a danger to themselves during a busy move and a danger to moving crews. Pets must always be contained out of the way, and if necessary, the homeowner should enlist the assistance of a relative or friend to help with childcare while overseeing the move, particularly if this only involves local moving.
- Prepare Appliances to Be Moved – If large appliances will be moved, prepare them ahead of time. All appliances should be completely empty, cleaned, unplugged and taken apart as necessary for transport. Disconnect and turn off gas to any gas appliances. Drain water from washing machines and ice-makers; defrost the freezer for at least 24 hours. These are details that are easily overlooked!
- Know What Movers Will Not Take – Moving services will not transport flammable or combustible materials, so it is important to know ahead of time which items they cannot take. Make arrangements to either dispose of them or personally transport them, especially if this is a long distance move. Some of these items include aerosol cans, gasoline, kerosene, propane tanks, fertilizer, nail polish remover, cleaning products, batteries, firearms and ammunition, and more.
- Provide Drinks and Snacks – Packing, loading and unloading a house takes many long hours, so it is always thoughtful to consider the moving crews doing all this work. It is common courtesy to provide bottles of water or other cool drinks to help crews stay hydrated. Offering snacks, sandwiches, or a pizza during a long day is not required, although it is a great gesture to help crews stay fueled and able to complete the move quickly and carefully.
By following these seven important yet simple tips, a homeowner can easily prepare for the arrival of the long distance or local moving company. They may seem like insignificant details; however, by taking care of this ahead of time, a homeowner is being very helpful to residential moving crews. The end result will be a safer, faster and less stressful move for all involved!