By now you’ve probably heard about both positive and negative moving stories and experiences. While seamless and trouble-free moving adventures may seem encouraging, there are horror stories and negative impressions that make you think there is no such thing as stress-free moving day.
Ultimately, you may ask yourself what you can do to reduce the stress level during your big transition. Also, there might be other concerns like:
Is it enough to hire a reliable moving company that will guide you through the process? Or are there other prerequisites involved?
Unless your enviable organization skills never fail and you always have a suitable reaction to any unexpected situation, an additional help is always appreciated during residential and office moves.
However, hiring competent and trustworthy movers doesn’t mean that you can just sit back and relax completely. Although their help will lift a huge weight off your shoulders, a number of things can be done in order to eliminate potential obstacles and delays. Some timely planning and preparation can make a whole difference between a disastrous and a seamless household relocation. And, the question is: which one do you prefer?
Know how to prepare for movers’ arrival
Whether you are moving internationally or just a couple of blocks away, it can be a huge undertaking for everyone. If you are unsure as to your own duties and responsibilities, take a look at our guidelines. Chances are most of the suggestions apply even to your specific situation.
-Purge your home ruthlessly in order to have a stress-free moving experience. As it turns out, a clutter-free home is easier to pack, clean and arrange. Not to mention the time and space you will save in your new surroundings if you opt for a minimalist approach.
-Dispose of non-allowables. Get a list of items your movers will refuse to transport and dispose of them accordingly. It’s in your best interest to make special arrangements for those items for the sake of safety of the entire content of the moving truck.
-Finish boxing up, clean and organize before movers arrive. Pack up everything that doesn’t require movers’ attention and special handling and packing skills. Make sure all electrical appliances are unplugged, empty and dry. Remove everything from the drawers, cupboards, book shelves and make sure your furniture is ready for disassembling. Label all boxes with special instructions about the destination and content.
-Clearly mark the items your movers shouldn’t pack. The best would be to keep items you won’t entrust to your movers in a separate room:
- Personal documents
- Essential boxes
- Small electronic devices that will keep you entertained on the road
-Take a lot of pictures of your belongings and boxes to have a proof of the condition of your treasured belongings before the move. Those photos may come in handy especially if you are going to file a complaint against the moving company and to seek justice if some of your items got damaged during transport.
Make arrangements for your kids and pets for a stress-free moving day
Your presence on moving day is absolutely necessary, but what matters the most is to have your kids properly taken care of. It’s strongly advisable to leave your little ones and furry friends with a reliable friend or relative on moving day.
Relocating with kids is difficult per se, so at least make sure to keep them away from the moving day tension and hustle and bustle. Regardless of their age, moving day is a busy period, so you want to plan for some appropriate activities for the big day. While your teenage kids can offer a helping hand with various packing and cleaning tasks, toddlers and younger kids should be kept out of harm’s way. As long as your kids are busy on moving day, the drama will be dialed down and the move will go much smoother.
Moving is a family event, so why wouldn’t you assign age-appropriate tasks to your kids? Allow your younger children to pack up their toys and color-code and decorate moving boxes. Let them decide what to pack into an essential box. It should contain items that will be used on moving day and during the first couple of days in the new home.
Above all, once you pack up all your belongings, walk through each room to give your kids the closure they need. Allow them to say goodbye and to grieve the separation from the familiar surroundings. It’s worth spending some time taking photos of the entire home so that your kids can remember it even when they grow up.
Additional safety tips
Although moving day ranks among the most stressful days in a lifetime, it doesn’t have to be that way. As long as you plan for some basic safety measures, you can count on a stress-free moving day.
Protect both properties to ensure a stress-free moving day
Needless to say, there will be a lot of foot traffic so make sure to protect those high-traffic areas with a layer of a protective material. Doorways and walls are susceptible to scratches and dents while hauling large and cumbersome items in and out. Take the time to secure narrow hallways with a protective padding material.
Remove clutter and obstacles
If you are moving during fall or winter, don’t forget to remove dry leaves from the entryway or to shovel away snow ensuring a clear path to your home. Keep your driveways and sidewalks free of ice or any other slippery conditions.
Get proper packing and moving supplies
Stock up on the carpet masking to keep the carpet area clean all along. As your movers will be walking in and out frequently, you may want to protect your floors from stains, moisture or scratches. Use furniture sliders to move tables, desks, chairs and dollies with rubber wheels to move heavy household items. Always secure large furniture pieces and appliances with moving straps and furniture padding.
Make parking and elevator reservations
Arrange for a packing place in front of your home and reserve the elevator for the day of the move. Know your building’s moving policies in advance as you will want to get off on the right foot with your new neighbors.