Up to now, you were pretty sure you’ve done everything correctly. Today’s the big day. Today is your moving day. There’s no need to be worried, stressing out, getting on the nerves of every other family member when all you need do is simply follow this step-by-step checklist. Below are some of the best things you can do before and during your big move that will ensure your stuff arrives at your new location safely – and you retain your sanity.
Before Moving Away
Preparation leading up to your moving day is extremely important. This is especially true if you are moving a great distance and really can’t afford to come back to correct mistakes. Make sure you accomplish the following:
- Triple check each and every room making sure that everything is already packed and ready to go. Check every closet, cubbyhole, the attic and basement and be certain these areas are empty.
- If you’re using a professional moving company, make sure that any of the items going in the commercial truck are set aside from the items that are not going in the truck.
- Make sure to pack a personal bag for every member of the family and also place this aside from all the items that the professional movers will be loading into the moving truck. It is highly recommended that you not only pack the items that you’re going to need for the days involved in moving, but also for couple of days after you arrive at your new location.
- Moving preparation typically produces a great deal of items and trash to discard. Make sure to get this all out of the way of the professional movers before they arrive making sure the environment is safe in which to operate.
- Either have your neighbors watch your pets during the moving process before you actually leave, or place them in a room that is not going to be in the way of the truck loading process.
- Make sure that there is plenty of space available for the commercial moving truck to park
and gain access to the items needing to be loaded.
- Prepare ahead of time knowing when the moving company needs to be paid. Always have the payment ready prior to moving day. Some companies demand cash while others might have the capabilities for taking a credit card. In all cases, moving companies usually expect to be paid as soon as the job is been completed.
Now The Movers Are Here
As soon as the movers arrive, everyone in the family is going to be excited since it is time to get the show on the road – literally. Here are things to consider once the professional moving company shows up including:
- Make sure to review all necessary paperwork and details with the professional moving company representative in charge of this project. Depending upon the size of the move, there will be one representative in charge. This is the person with whom you should be communicating with.
- Accompany the person in charge when inspecting every piece of furniture as this person prepares the company’s inventory sheet. This will be a detailed listing of all your household goods and items that are being placed on the truck. Determination has to be agreed upon as to the condition of all furniture before it is placed on the vehicle. This is necessary in the event you need file a claim for damages.
- Make sure that the moving company has all the necessary phone numbers where you can be reached while the shipment is in transit. Additionally, make sure that you have the name and the phone number for the moving company’s representative in charge of this project. Verify that the moving company has recorded the correct address of your new location.
- Make sure to establish a friendly, yet businesslike relationship with the moving company personnel at the start of your contact. These individuals tend to respond to friendliness and kindness much better than they will to demands and rudeness.
- Have some cold drinks and possibly some food on hand in the event that the crew needs some refreshment. This always scores big points with moving personnel.
- Be available while the truck is being loaded for assisting any of the crew that might have questions about the items being handled. If you can’t be available during the truck loading, make sure somebody is there in your absence in order to make any decisions that need to be made.
Keep in mind that these are professional movers and this is what they do for a living. Follow the tips above, but most importantly, relax and let them do their job.