Your belongings are packed, house is emptied, boxes are set and emotions are high. Finally, the big day arrives and brings in its wake, much nail-biting, teeth gritting and truck-load of stress. You have spent countless amount of hours scrupulously planning details and fine-combing your house. You have done everything in your power so as to keep moving day mishaps at bay. The key to success on your M-Day is to handle and prepare for unprecedented challenges. We cannot offer a guide on boxing and taping your moving day stress, however tempting it may sound! But we can surely present you with our ultimate list of moving day tips that will ensure your move day progresses smoothly without any hiccups. Let us prepare you for both, seen and unforeseen!
1. A good night's sleep: Try to get enough sleep on the night before moving day. Call the moving company and stay informed days ahead so that you know what to expect on your moving day. Avoid any parties, social gatherings with friends & family on the day before or after you move.
2. Be ready: Before the arrival of your moving company, be fully prepared so that they can start promptly and know which of your boxes require special handling and which ones need to be loaded first/last. Make sure that your overnight bag and items you will move yourself are packed and set aside. Staying organized is the key. Keep track of your essential items such as keys, wallet and important paperwork. Make sure you don't leave any packing to be done until the last minute. Get rid of any clutter that may come in the way of movers. Make sure there is ample parking space for the movers to park their vehicle.
3. Pets and Children: If you have any pets or children, make sure you designate a room or space for them so that they will not be in the way of loading process or won't get hurt. It would be even better if you could find someone to watch them so that you have one less thing to fret over.
4. Supervise: Movers are professionals and moving is what they do for living. However, it avoids a lot of hassle in the long run if you are proactively aware of what they are doing all the time. It is advisable to oversee loading process and check items and boxes off your inventory list as they are loaded. Accompany the driver/movers as they inspect each furniture, box or items to prepare an inventory sheet. Ensure that you are in agreement with their estimate of your goods' condition in case you need to file a claim later. Be available to assist the crew or leave someone in charge to answer their questions. You must provide the movers clear instructions, exact address of your new home and all the phone numbers where you could be reached while your shipments is in transit. You must also note the crew chief's name and contact number.
5. Paperwork: When the movers arrive, you'll be given a Bill of Lading which specify all the conditions applying to your move. The movers are required to present this bill of lading before they start loading your boxes on the truck. It is highly crucial that you review this document thoroughly. Before signing Bill of Lading, ensure that it is identical to the terms laid in original estimate and your order for service. Also take a few minutes to read the mover's inventory attached and if there are any concerns with their assessment, you must get them attended before signing. Keep a copy of the Bill of Lading and inventory sheet handy with you in case something gets damaged.
6. Refresh and Replenish: Vital to any move is how you treat the moving crew. It makes a difference if you establish a solid and friendly relation with the moving team and treat them in a dignified and overall respectable manner. Be sure to provide them with snacks, drinks and water at regular intervals. It never hurts to take care of their meals as well. Generating spirit and goodwill amidst the crew that is responsible for lugging your move will yield best results. You may also keep some cash handy to tip movers and show your appreciation when they have gone an extra mile to make things easy for you.
7. Check and Recheck/Final Walk-Through: Once the movers have loaded everything and are in transit to your new address, give your old abode a final farewell. Check and recheck every room, garage, basement, attic, crawl-space, closets, cabinets, storage areas to ensure nothing is left behind. Be sure to check if the movers caused any damage to the house.
8. Appliances and meters: During your final check of the house, make it a point to check whether all windows & doors are secure, utilities and faucets turned off and appliances disconnected. Turn off the lights and be sure to dispose trash properly. Record all the utility meters such as gas, electricity, water and note the final readings before you leave. You may even take picture with your cell phone and verify when your final bill arrives. Leave any keys or garage openers appropriately and as arranged for new owners. Notify your neighbor of your new address and contact number in case they need to reach you. It is now time to move to your new house!
9. Arrival in new home: Try to arrive before your movers in order to avoid being charged for waiting period. Undertake a walk-through of your new home with your agent and check if everything is in shape. Also take a few minutes to test utilities in the new home, such as faucets, electric outlets, light switches, appliances, toilets, smoke detectors and security systems.
10. Organize your place: It is also recommended that once your movers arrive, provide them with instructions, floor plans and layouts as to which boxes are headed in which room. To make it easier for movers, you may also affix labels or color codes to the doors of your rooms where corresponding boxes are headed. Arrange for someone to be ready and available at or new location to guide them around the house. You don't want to be scrambling through a maze of boxes later, feeling overwhelmed and digging for toaster in your basement next morning.
11. During unloading: Review mover's inventory, supervise while your items are being unloaded and check off the items from inventory sheet as the movers unload your belongings. Make sure you are satisfied that each and every item on your inventory is accounted for. Check for any damaged goods or missing items and you may document damage by taking photos. You will be asked to sign Bill of Lading and mover's inventory sheet before the movers depart. Carefully verify everything and do not sign until you are certain of all the items.
12. Unpacking: Finally you have survived your M-Day and made it through! Try not to feel overwhelmed with the boxes to be unpacked and follow your labelling schematics in the following days to ease the seemingly daunting task. Unpack your moving day 'Survival Kit' first and keep your important documents in a safe place. Start organizing your new spaces and assign small projects to each day ahead. It is recommended to unpack the kids' room and kitchen first - it always helps if kids are settled first and the kitchen is up and running for sustenance. Remember, you do not have to unpack everything at once. You might also consider simply setting up bedding so that you can get a proper first night's sleep in your new home after a long tiring day. Do not forget to celebrate your new residence with a relaxing takeout meal! It's time to make your new house to feel like home!
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