SOME tips for making moving day run smoother
- Whenever possible, DO NOT MOVE on the 1st of the month. If you are renting your own van or truck, this is the busiest time for truck rental companies. The supply runs out quickly and even with a reservation some companies overbook and will not honor your reservation. If you are hiring a moving company, and you must move on the 1st, make sure to book them as far in advance as possible.
- If time is not a factor, do the packing yourself. Movers tend to charge by the hour. This will cut down on what you have to pay them and save you some “coins” for all the little things that you will most likely have to purchase for your new space.
- LABEL LABEL LABEL …. LIST LIST LIST… Obviously you need to keep like items or things that go in the same room together. But, in addition to that consider color coding and thinking all the way through to the unpacking process. For example, if you have shoes and clothes that are not for the present season, you want them in your bedroom. But, they are not your priority when it’s time to unpack. It’s more than likely that the things you packed last are the items that you use more often. So you need to be able to put your hands on those things first. For me that would be, the coffee maker, the K-Cups, Forks, Knives, Plates and a Go-To Pot or Two. Aside from putting the beds down and getting sheets and towels, the kitchen is almost always the first room that get’s unpacked.
- Move as many of your packed belongings to the door closest to where the movers will be entering and exiting the house. I don’t expect you to try to move big furniture pieces but at the very least move your boxes. This one is tried and true. Day laborers tend to lolly gag. I don’t have time to pay you to talk to your coworkers about little Timmy’s Soccer Game. If there is ever a time to micro manage this is the time. Time is Money!!
- Use bubble wrap, newspaper and packing peanuts to protect your delicate/breakable objects. Even if the item is not dropped it can be crushed. If money is not an object most Storage Rental Facilities make boxes now specifically for your dishes, glasses, etc. Bottom line is no one is going to take care of your things like you. And Grammy’s China might mean the world to you, but… maybe not to Joe Schmo The Moving Guy. I’m just saying.
- Take date and time stamped photos of your most prized possessions. This will assist in settling disputes if your property is damaged and or stolen.
- Always get the insurance. Insurance for the Truck if you are doing it yourself. And, if you are hiring your own mover’s make sure they are both licensed and bonded and able to reimburse you if the worst happens. In this the day of Google, there is no excuse for not planning and preparing. Check the BBB and look for references/reviews and complaints. Then make an informed decision.
- I always say that you get what you pay for. But, there seems to always be a Moving Company on Groupon or Living Social these days. If you are going to go that route READ THE FINE PRINT.
So there you have it, Happy Planning and Happy Moving Day!!