By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving day can be quite overwhelming. There is a lot to pack, do, prepare, and get out of the way. And just when you think you've got it figured out, an unforeseen delay caused by lack of parking for your moving truck can be one of the most upsetting experiences, to say the least. It is also a common occurrence as people rarely concern themselves with the needs of a moving van.
More than simply packing up your belongings, calling a moving company, and sorting through your utilities, among other key logistics, ensure that your moving truck has access and a parking spot on your property.
To guarantee that your move goes as smoothly as possible, as well as save you extra costs, time, and energy, let us look at several ways to ensure you're ready to go when the professional movers pull up:
1. Consider Your Parking Space
This is especially important for homeowners who live on a busy street and don't have a driveway or a parking lot.
Most moving companies are used to accommodating alleys and courtyards, and other smaller spaces, but you need to inform them beforehand so that they may determine if a shuttle is needed. Shuttle service involves loading a smaller vehicle several times to load the moving truck.
Failure to secure ample parking or organize shuttle services will have the moving crew walking long distances to and from your house while carrying furniture by hand, which will take much time and may end up costing you more.
2. Consider the Size of the Truck
So now you've figured out the availability of parking lot space. However, moving truck dimensions such as the height and length of the trailer may be colossal and cause various inconveniences.
Even when the truck has enough space to pull in or out, check if the truck will have enough turning space. Secondly, check for any overhead wires, tree branches, or structures.
3. Secure the Relevant Permits
Discuss with your moving company any permits that are needed and be clear on who is responsible for obtaining them. Some local administrations will not issue permits directly to the moving company. It's important, therefore, to handle that responsibility on your end and do so early enough to avoid a last-minute scramble.
To do so, you need to:
- Check if your preferred moving company has the required transit and parking permits in your town.
- Check residential parking rules for any policies against commercial parking on shared driveways. In some communities, these permits need to be obtained up to 3 days prior, indicating the purpose of moving and the exact parking space or spaces you need.
- Check if your new home area has similar rules, apply for permits on that end as well, and for offloading space beforehand.
After you know which regulations may inconvenience you beforehand, you will have enough time to organize, apply, and pick the relevant permits in offices or online.
If you have sufficiently prepared for the moving truck parking, you've got the job almost done. Permits are not difficult to obtain, and if you're still looking for a reliable mover yet, consider a moving partner that has relevant transport permits and offers shuttles and vans to move stuff in case of insufficient truck parking. Apply for the necessary permits days prior to the big day and ensure to obtain all the documents to save you time, money, and effort!
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