By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving is usually a time-consuming process, and at times it can even be complicated and chaotic. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your relocation as smooth as possible. The first (and most important) thing is to hire a professional moving company
. But beyond that, here are 5
tips for moving day that can help make everything a little bit less stressful.
1. Make sure you (or someone you trust) is present
This may seem like a given, but you'd be surprised how many times professional movers must deal with absent clients on moving day. Even if you can't be there due to an emergency, make sure that a responsible adult is present for the entire day (or days). Someone will need to answer the movers' questions, sign paperwork, and direct the packing/loading process as needed.
2. Ensure that there's a clear walkway from the house to the truck
For your safety, the safety of the movers, and the safety of your possessions, it's important that you clear out a walkway that's wide enough to allow safe passage for your household furniture and other items. Be sure to remove all tripping hazards both inside and outside your home, including toys, clothes, tools, bags of trash, etc.
3. Do an initial and final walkthrough with your movers
At the start of the day, you want to go through your house with the movers and point out items of special importance, fragile items, and items that won't be loaded onto the moving truck. Make sure your movers clearly understand and remember your instructions.
At the end of the day, it's a good idea to do a final walkthrough to make sure that all your possessions have been loaded, and that nothing has been left behind. This is a good time to check your drawers, cabinets, and closets for any items that may have been missed.
4. Keep kids and/or pets occupied
We all love our children and our "furry friends," but often, they slow things down when work needs to be done. That's not to mention how they may accidentally make themselves "trip hazards" by running around the house while the professional movers are carrying your boxes.
The point is, it's good to have a plan. If you have kids, try to keep them occupied with fun activities in a separate room, so that they're happy, busy, and out of the way. Or better yet, see if a relative or friend would be willing to watch them for the day. And if you have pets, it may be best to put them in a kennel or cage for a while or have someone take care of them for the duration of the packing and loading process.
5. Make sure you and the company driver are on the same page
Once your items are all packed and loaded on the moving truck, you still want them to get to your new home on time and in one piece. With that in mind, it's always a good idea to exchange your contact information with the moving company's driver. Make sure you and the driver are on the same page when it comes to the delivery schedule.
If you implement these 5 tips on moving day, then the whole process will almost certainly be much smoother, and less stressful for everyone involved. And if you need experienced, professional movers to help your relocation become a reality, be sure to reach out to our team at the A-1 Freeman Moving Group today.
Request a free quote