You’ve waited months for moving day to arrive, working hard to make sure you, your family, your pets, and your belongings are ready for the big move.
With all of the preparations and various people involved, it’s easy for moving day to become chaotic.
To ensure that you and your family have a safe, simple, and smooth moving day, here are some moving tips that every mover should keep in mind.
Make Plans For Pets And Young Children
The last thing you want on the first day in your new home is to be wandering around the neighborhood looking for your dog who ran outside during the move. If possible, make arrangements for pets to stay with friends or family for moving day to simplify your responsibilities.
If you need to bring your pets along, it’s a good idea to put them in a “playroom” with their toys, water bowl, etc. while you have the door to the house open. Not only will it stop them from running out, but it will also prevent the movers from tripping over them while they carry your sofa.
Don’t Be A Hero (Get Help On Move Day)
It’s our tendency to want to do a job ourselves. But, when it comes to moving, that philosophy can lead to an injured back and a damper on your plans.
When it comes to moving large and heavy objects in and out of the house, make sure you have at least one other person ready to lift with you. Or better yet, hire local moving help from Collegian Movers.
Stack From Heaviest To Lightest
It may seem obvious, but in the confusion of a move, it can be easy to pack your boxes in a less-than-ideal way. Try to focus on the weight of each item as you pack. You don’t want heavy items at the top of the box, as it may crush or break the items at the bottom of the box.
The same goes for stacking boxes once they are packed. Place the heaviest of the boxes on the bottom of the stack. It is also a good idea to label them as “Heavy”, so the movers know to load these items into the truck first.
Take Your Time When Packing
As tempting as it may be, you don’t have to finish everything in one day. It is best to start packing up your home early. Buy the packing materials and boxes you need, so you have everything on hand. Then work on packing a few boxes each day. It is a big job to pack up a home, so give yourself enough time. Also, try to get rid of as much as you can through donations, garage sales, or the trash. Moving less will make the job easier and getting rid of your clutter will make you feel more organized.
Are you running low on boxes? Want a greener option? Then, think about the boxes you may already have on hand. These include suitcases, storage totes, laundry hampers, decorative baskets, backpacks, purses, or even storage furniture like an ottoman. Just because it isn’t labeled as a box, doesn’t mean it can’t be used to consolidate your items when moving. Plus, you will be saving a few trees and a few dollars, by going green and not wasting another cardboard box.
Have An Emergency Plan
If you take precautions, you most likely won’t have to worry about emergencies. However, accidents do happen and it’s best to be prepared for them when they do. If you or a family member requires medication, make sure it’s handy and that everyone knows where it is. Be sure to keep medications with you and not to pack them in a box where they may be hard to find at the new location.
Similarly, label your first aid kit and keep it with your necessities during the move.
If you follow these tips, your moving day should be a simple and safe process and you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time.
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