6. BE THERE WHEN THE MOVERS ARRIVE AT YOUR NEW HOME.
The movers may need access to a locked, gated community or to a service elevator in your condominium complex. Being there means you also are involved with the unloading of your items to ensure they get where they need to go. If you have a large home with multiple bedrooms, it is a good idea to place post-it notes with the room number written on them on the door casing. If you label your boxes the same way, the movers will be able to walk right off the truck and straight to the right room. This will save time — which will also save you money.
7. MAKE SURE THE FURNITURE FITS.
In some instances, you may be moving to a smaller home or have smaller dimension rooms. If you are unsure, it is always a good idea to measure the size of rooms and/or furniture to ensure they will fit in your new place.
8. BE PREPARED FOR THE FIRST NIGHT IN YOUR NEW HOME.
Each member of the family should pack the things they will need immediately into a single box. Be sure to label them with the family member’s name and as “Last On – First Off” so the movers will know to get it to them right away. This will save chaos later in trying to find the one box that contains your child’s favorite teddy bear, clean clothing, toothbrushes, or other toiletries.
9. DID YOU FORGET A FAMILY MEMBER?
Pets are part of the family too. If you are moving with pets, don’t forget to make any special arrangements needed as part of your move. If you are flying, be sure to check with your air carrier about any restrictions they have with pets. If driving, make sure the hotel is pet-friendly. You don’t want to be searching for pet-friendly hotels after a long day’s drive. A move can be stressful on your family pets, so consider asking a friend or a professional to care for them while you are involved with your move. If your pet absolutely has to be there on moving day, designate a safe spot or room where they will be out of the way. With the movers constantly coming in and out of your home carrying large and heavy items, it will always be safer for your pet if they are not in the way.
10. KEEP CONTACT INFORMATION HANDY. Be sure to write down telephone numbers for the movers, police, or hospital in your new town, and contact information for all of your utility service providers. Always keep it in a handy location, such as a wallet or purse. Also, be sure to cancel your newspaper and have your change of address complete for the postal service.
Keeping these things in mind, you will find yourself having a more stress-free, and possibly cheaper, move for your family.