Recently I helped my daughter and her family move. Even though it was a very hectic 4 days everything went smoothly because they were organized and thought ahead. Below are some tips to help make moving less stressful.
- Have a garage sale. Get rid of everything you don’t need before you move.
- Get organized now. Don’t wait until the last minute. Make list of things you need to do and when.
- Make sure you are ready for the packers and movers. Don’t forget to do the laundry, wash the dishes, pack your suitcases, disconnect computers, stereos and VCRs.
- If your packing yourself, pack ahead of time those items you’re not using everyday.
- Set aside those items that you will be taking with you and clearly mark them as Do Not Pack.
- Obtain a change-of-address kit from your post office or go to https://moversguide.usps.com/.
- Drain the gas and oil from all your power equipment (lawnmower, edger, etc.)
- Schedule house cleaning and other home services for the day after loading.
- Have your utilities shut off the day after loading (gas, electric, telephone, etc)
- Make your travel arrangements for the day after loading. In case of weather delays or other unforeseen problems, you wouldn’t want to miss a flight or other travel related appointment.
- Before the moving truck leaves for your destination, give the driver your phone numbers where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to get the driver’s cell phone number.
- Be aware of items that can’t be moved with the mover. These items include:
- Flammable Items
- Combustible Items
- Aerosol cans
- Hazardous Materials
When using a mover, remember that you are the customer and the boss. If you have any concerns at all, contact your move coordinator immediately.