5 Top Tips on Getting Ready for Moving Day
This post was kindly written for us by our friends over at Bellhops Moving.
You've finally found the perfect home, and moving day is fast approaching.
With a little luck, you've already stocked up on boxes and bubble wrap, and you'll have done your research to make sure that you're getting the support of a reliable moving company. Of course, there's still plenty of things that you'll need to do before you can sit down and relax.
Fortunately, as stressful as moving day can be, there are a few steps you can take to make the process as simple and painless as possible. Here are just some of our top tips.
1. Give Your Movers Hassle-Free Access
Working with a reputable moving company can reduce the strain on moving day by a significant amount. However, it's important to make sure that you do everything you can to ensure that your movers can do their job with ease. For instance, make sure that there's space in front of your home, or behind it so that your movers can park their truck. Think about how they can access your apartment or house and consider moving some of the boxes downstairs yourself to make life easier on your team.
2. Empty your Drawers and Desks
A lot of homeowners assume that if an item is in a desk, then it's already packed. However, leaving your belongings in drawers and cupboards might keep your home looking neat, but it doesn't make the process of moving any easier. Not only do extra items make your furniture heavier, but those items can shift around during transit, and end up all over the floor of the moving van. Pack loose items into a box, or at least wrap your drawers in plastic before you call your moving company.
3. Label and Organise your Boxes with Care
Your helpful moving team is there to make sure that you get all your belongings safely transported into your new home, but they can't tell you which boxes need to go where. One of the best ways to reduce the stress of moving is to simply label your boxes with the room they need to go in. Remember to add notes like "Load last" and "Fragile" to the boxes for your moving company's sake. Additionally, it's worth packing a "First Night" box with all the initial comforts you're going to need so that you don't have to go hunting after a long day.
4. Have a Strategy for Handling Kids and Pets
As much as you may want everyone in your family to be a part of moving day, it's best to keep your pets and children out of the way of movers. Having little ones under-foot can be a serious risk to movers and keeping them entertained elsewhere will make sure that no-one gets hurt. If possible, have someone else in your family look after your children and furry friends until you're ready to welcome them into their new home.
5. Collaborate with the Neighbours
Finally, it's worth speaking to your neighbours, both past, and future to let them know that you're moving. This will help if the moving van needs to park in an area that could make it harder for your neighbours to get in and out of their driveways. With a little luck, you'll choose a neighbourhood with plenty of parking space!