Surviving Moving Day
While the pre- and post-move planning and organization can be stressful on its own, Moving Day itself has a considerable amount of things happening at once, so making sure everything is where it needs to be prior to the move is paramount. Minimizing any potential for confusion or disarray will make it easier for everyone to work on getting things out of the house and loaded properly so that you can get on the road in a timely manner. In our guide for Surviving Moving Day, you can find suggestions and advice geared toward ensuring your big day is as stress-free as possible so that you can focus on any smaller issues that may come up along the way.
Your Moving day can very hectic; therefore, it is important to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Prior to your move, make sure you complete your Allied Moving Checklist and Moving Timeline. After you have done so, you should follow these few pieces of advice listed below to make your moving day goes as smooth as possible
Make Yourself Available
- Often, the driver will have questions that only you can answer; therefore, it is important that you or someone you've designated be available throughout the loading process.
Clearly mark and set aside items you don't want loaded
- Marking boxes appropriately will remind you to inform the driver during your preload walkthrough what should not be loaded into the moving truck .
- Make sure your important paperwork pertaining to the move doesn't get packed and shipped with your household goods.
Pack special items for the kids
- Have the kids pack a box for their "special" items. Point this box out to the driver during the walkthrough so they will know to unload it first.
- You may want to arrange for someone to take care of the kids (and pets) while the movers are packing and loading your items. Ask the caregiver bring the kids back home prior to the truck leaving because it is important for young children to understand where their belongings are going.
Find out as many details as you can prior to the driver leaving your residence.
- The driver may give you your delivery window. Keep in mind that it is really only an estimate at the time of loading. Many factors can change the schedule for the driver, so try to remain flexible
- Ask the driver to call you with changes so that you can adjust your plans accordingly
- If you have a delivery spread (a sequence of 2 or more days that your shipment can be delivered on and still be considered on time) understand that you can and may be delivered on any one of those days.
- Take one last sweep of the house before the driver leaves. Look through all closets, shelves, in the garage, attic, crawl space, storage unit, under the stairs, on the walls and any place else things may be hiding. You do not want to find out, after the driver is on the way, something was left behind.