Congratulations! You’ll soon be making a major move, perhaps from an apartment to your first home or from your current home to your next home. As exciting as your move is, it requires careful planning on your part to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that your stress level is managed.
Here’s how to work with your moving company to ensure a smooth transition:
Take your plants yourself. The one thing you don’t want to pack and have moved are your plants. Chances are that your items will take a week or so to arrive at your new location. Even if carefully packed, your plants won’t survive the move. So, if you have a favorite fern or ficus you plan to bring with you, then pack it carefully in your car. Make sure that the leaves are not touching a hot window where they can get burned.
Give your pets a break. The days leading up to your move can be so unsettling for all, including your pets. Here, you will want to have a friend care for your cat, dog or other small pet until the day that you leave. When you’re ready to move, stop by your friend’s house, pick up the pet and hit the road. If your animal needs a tranquilizer, get that from your veterinarian before you move.
Pack your computer with care. Computers and other electronic devices can be damaged in transit, therefore it is important that these items be packed carefully. A desktop computer should be disconnected and packed a day or two before you leave. Ensure that there is sufficient packing material and that the attendant cords are included. Tablets can be brought with you and can serve as distractions for children while on the road advises Allied Moving.
Mark one box as urgent. Whether you call it “urgent” or “priority” or some other term, there should be one box among the many that gets unpacked first. That box will likely contain everything you need right away, including bath towels, toiletries, coffee maker and coffee, blankets and anything else you will need right away. Talk with the chief mover to have that box off the truck first thing and placed in the kitchen or at some other central place for you to open it quickly when you arrive in your new home.
Sell it instead of taking it. Consider everything that you have in your home. Now consider what items you really no longer need. The unneeded items can be tagged and sold at a garage sale. Or you might donate them to a favorite charity. Either way, reduce the amount of stuff that you’ll be moving and you will save money on your moving costs.
Take the breakables or memorable with you. It happens — something of important value breaks during the move. You are upset and know that even a repair will never quite restore it to its former luster. If possible, move the most precious items yourself. Otherwise, carefully pack these items in boxes with sheets and blankets between them to protect your valuables.
Get your packing supplies early. The earlier you begin to pack, the better. Oftentimes, people wait and then have to rush their work. As soon as you know that you won’t need something until you arrive at your new location, pack it. Pick up small and large boxes, packing tape, supplies and other material early on and begin your packing immediately.
A Smooth Move
Work with your moving company to ensure that everything is ready to be moved on the day that you request it. Keep a record of your shipment registration number and provide the moving company with your contact number and a backup number in the event you are out reach.