Moving to a new home is stressful, but there’s a lot you can do to make moving day less chaotic. If you want a smooth moving day, planning will go a long way towards making it better. Here are our top five tips for making moving day better.
Plan for it. A move is a big thing, so planning is key. Take the time to plan and organize your move. That means scheduling everything, from when you’ll acquire boxes, to when you’ll be finished packing, to what time the movers show up. With a schedule and a plan, you’ll be less likely to forget important things like switching on utilities, and more likely to be in control of the situation if problems arise.
Be ready for the movers when they arrive to load your belongings. That means not just every box packed and sealed, but also numbered and labeled with contents and what room they belong in. You should also have items you will bring with you clearly set aside, taken care of pets so they’re out from under foot, and cleared any obstacles from the movers’ path. Finally, assign one person to work with movers, answer any questions, and sign paperwork.
Be ready for the movers when they arrive to deliver, too. Identify where movers should stack boxes, where furniture will go, and label rooms. Take precautions to protect flooring, especially in the rain. Assign someone to direct crew members and furniture to the right rooms, and again, one person to sign off on paperwork.
Think about the ways the day could go wrong, and plan for it. Have basic tools like screwdrivers and a hammer handy, just in case something needs to be taken apart or put back together. Accidents happen, so a first-aid kit, with Band-Aids, antiseptic and aspirin or ibuprofen, is important. Make sure you remember to eat and drink, keep water and snacks on hand. Either have lunch or dinner delivered, and or go out for it.
Most importantly, be flexible. Even with meticulous planning and scheduling, it is the nature of moves that something will go wrong. The more flexible and accommodating you are, the less stress you’ll veel, whether it’s a problem with where the truck can park, something not fitting through a door, or a temporary delay. Try to remember that moving is short episode out of your life, even though it feels like a never-ending process. If you can, find something humorous in the situation, and look forward to the very near future, when you’ll be unpacked and settled in your new home.