Are you prepared for moving day? If you’re not sure, we can help.
Below is a short list of things you need to do before the movers arrive. Whether you’ve never dealt with movers before or you simply need a refresher course, reading this guide will help you prepare.
After all, even in its best-case scenario, moving is a stressful ordeal. Being adequately prepared will significantly improve the experience.
So, to make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible, follow these steps.
Pack For the Next Week
Keep in mind that everything the movers pack up will be hidden in boxes until they arrive at your new home. If this is a long-distance move, they may not arrive until one or more days after you do. When they do come, your packed belongings are still unusable until you get around to sorting through them all.
Since you won’t have access to these items right away, pack the essentials you’ll need for the next week and bring them with you.
Start like you’re packing for vacation. Pack things like clothes, toiletries, medication, as well as any technology and chargers you need. This essentials box will stay with you during the trip.
Make Sleeping Arrangements
Next, prepare sleeping arrangements—you may not have your bed, sheets, pillow, etc. for one or more days. Bring a sleeping bag or air mattress plus bedding. Or book a hotel.
Have a Meal Plan
You don’t know how long it will be before you can use your dishes, silverware, pots, and pans. Decide whether you will be ordering takeout when you arrive or stocking your kitchen with convenience foods and disposable dinnerware. You can also prepare and freeze slow cooker meals to bring with you in the car.
Purge Unnecessary Things
There are probably a lot of things to purge before your move. From unused pet toys to kitchen gadgets, take a close look at all of your belongings and sort through everything.
Now is a good time to pare down your collections of things and eliminate the excess. Go through your closets and take out clothes you don’t wear. Scour the linen closet and purge old towels and linens that you don’t use any more. Sort through the kitchen cabinets and drawers and eliminate things like extra coffee mugs you don’t need and duplicate utensils.
Most of these items can be donated to local charities so that others can put them to use.
Preparing your appliances goes beyond having the dishwasher emptied and the refrigerator unplugged. Depending on the appliance, special precautions may be required. Make arrangements for an appliance technician to prepare your major appliances to withstand handling during a move or while in storage.
These preparations need to take place before moving day. Consult your professional mover for recommendations on how to accomplish this task.
Stay Out of the Way
Clear a path for the movers. Remove any tripping hazards from the pathways. That includes inside as well as sidewalks and areas outside as well.
Keep yourselves and your vehicles out of the way so they can do their job. Pets should be securely contained or relocated for moving day.
Help the Movers, Help Yourself
When you make things easier for the movers, moving day is easier for you. To reduce the stress of moving day, follow the tips in this guide.Now, read how to find the best moving company for you!