Sure, moving is stressful, but procrastinating makes the process even more painful. To stay clear of moving day pitfalls, planning is the key. There are many things to consider as you prepare for the big event that is “moving day”, which does leave open the possibility that things will fall through the cracks as you take care of the things that hold the greatest priority. In addition, many folks who hire a professional moving company do not know the expectations once the movers arrive, and that lack of knowledge wastes time and even money in some cases, especially if your mover bases your overall fee on an hourly charge.
There are seven things that will keep you out of trouble on moving day, so that you smoothly transition into your new residence.
1) Schedule a Moving Company as Soon as Possible
Do not get caught without a mover on moving day. It is important to hire a moving company six to eight weeks before your move-out date. In fact, as soon as you know your move date, schedule a top-notch, professional moving company. If you wait too long to find a mover, the day you need them to move you across town or across the state might not be available anymore, so you will be forced to choose a company that does not have the best reputation and costs too much.
Picking a day that is convenient and affordable is something that you need to consider. It is less expensive to move during the week. There is more demand for weekends and Fridays, so the cost is usually more.
In addition, don’t forget to read the fine print on the moving contract before you sign, so you don’t find yourself strapped with hidden fees. Sometimes, the cheapest quote does not mean the cheapest cost in the end. Try to find a find a flat-fee company that assures no additional fees.
2) Don’t Forget about Your Utilities, Memberships, and Mail
It would be a mistake to wait until moving day to take care of your utilities. Call your utility companies and end services as close to your moving day as possible, or you will end up paying for services that you are no longer using. Transfer the utilities to your new residence if possible, or start new service. Arriving at your new place without electricity or running water would be a disaster.
In addition, remember to end memberships, which might include a clubs or gym contract, or you will be paying for a service you don not use anymore. These recurring charges might go unnoticed for weeks or months if you are not careful. Furthermore, your will need to transfer your auto-fill prescriptions to a pharmacy that is closer to your new home.
Finally, you have to change your address with the United States Postal Service by filling out a change of address form, so that you will receive your mail at your new residence.
3) Pack All Your Belongings before the Movers Arrive
It’s a clear moving-day violation to think that you will have enough time on moving day to finish packing your belongings.
“According to your detailed moving calendar, you should be done with packing at least a few days before your movers arrive to load your belongings into the waiting moving truck,” says moving industry Joshua Green on My Moving Reviews. “Of course, this is all true if you have decided to take the DIY approach to moving house, and therefore to pack by yourself.”
If you have requested the additional service from your moving company to pack your belongings for you then your worries are no more. On the other hand, if you do not order the service, and you are caught packing your belongings when the movers arrive, you will be charged for every minute they wait for you to finish the process. That could end up costing you a fortune. Do not make this amateur moving-day mistake.
4) Label Your Boxes before the Movers Arrive
Labeling boxes is one of the top things that people forget to do, and the top thing that people regret not doing.
It is important to begin your packing early. It is quite a task to begin packing while properly labeling your boxes if the process beings only a few days before your move. Start packing several weeks before your move. You can begin by packing the areas where you store your seldom-used items and your off-season clothes are located, and as the moving day approaches, start packing your infrequently used belongings in your spare and guest bedrooms. In the final days before the move, pack those items that you use the most. Use color-coded labels on the boxes as you pack, and use a different color for each room with a space where you can write down more detailed information about the items in each box you pack. You can even take a picture of its contents before you seal it, so you know the exact contents.
“Interestingly enough, such failure won’t affect the progress of your moving day much because your movers can still load your non-labeled containers into their truck problem-free,” says relocation professional Ethan Greenfield on Moving Tips. “The issue will come later when your blank cardboard boxes get delivered and taken inside your new home.”
Because of this, your hired laborers will have to put your moving containers into one giant pile, which will prove to be an issue for you as you attempt to figure out which boxes contain the things that you need the most.
5) Pack an Essentials Box
You will need an essentials box, which is a box that contains the things that you will need right away, and the container needs to be labeled as such.
Your survival box should include a change of clothes, your essential, personal electronic devices and their power cables and chargers. Do not forget to include toiletries such as a shower curtain, towel, toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrush, soap and shampoo, shaving supplies, and deodorant. In addition, you will need sheets and pillows, and your alarm clock if you use one.
In addition, eating utensils and plates are crucial items, and you might consider plastic ware, paper plates, paper towels, and cleaning wipes, as well as a garbage bag to put them in, so that you do not have to worry about dishes right away. Also, you will probably want to include a few snacks and other food items for the evening and next morning, and prescription and over-the-counter medication. If you are assembling things, you will need s few tools like screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, and pliers.
6) Make Sure that Your Belongings are Insured during the Move
Licensed moving companies in most states are required to provide you with basic insurance to protect your belongings, but sometimes it is not enough coverage. Do not make the make mistake of being under-insured when moving day arrives. If the mover breaks your television or loses your container with your jewelry collection, you pay for it, if you hire a moving company that is not legitimate. Do your homework.
Ask the moving company to explain their insurance coverage ahead of your moving day, and if the mover’s liability policy does not adequately cover your belongings, check your rental or homeowners insurance policy first to see if they protect your possessions during the move. If not, do not wait until the day of your move and hope for the best. You must purchase higher moving day insurance through your moving company.
7) Plan for Your Pets Relocation, Too
Pets often go unnoticed during a move, but your pets experience stress, and they may need some form of medication during the move to reduce anxiety. Consider your pet’s mood before your move and talk to your vet about measures you can take to endure their emotional well-being during your relocation. In addition, make sure that you get their shot records because a new veterinarian will need them.
“If your pet will be traveling by air or in a car a long distance, ask about travel recommendations, portable kennels, and motion sickness medication,” says Anne Kruegerat on Better Homes & Gardens. “Make sure you carry the animal’s papers with you, especially if you cross state lines. When you get to your final destination, reinstate your dog’s routine and reward him with a special treat.”
If the move is local, consider boarding them in a kennel during the move, so they are not in your way and they do not slip out the door. If a kennel is out of the question ask a friend or family member to keep them during the transition, and when they do arrive at their new home have their toys and beds immediately available in order to reduce their stress as they adjust to their new surroundings.
Planning feels great! Executing it step-by-step feels even better, and reduces your anxiety level through the entire process.
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