After much anticipation, it's finally arrived: moving day! Here are some tips to make this move a good one:
- Strip the beds and put all bedding in a box labeled "Load Last". That way, it's the first to be unloaded and you'll have blankets for the first night in your new home!
- Make sure to be on hand when the movers arrive. If you're not available, authorize another adult and tell the movers who's in charge for the day.
- Spend plenty of time with the movers and make sure special instructions are understood. Don't be bossy or condescending - communicate well and be friendly.
- When the moving truck arrives review all details and paperwork. Accompany the driver as he or she inspects and tags each piece of furniture. These numbers and the condition of each item at the time of loading will be noted on the inventory sheet.
- Even if you've hired movers, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure all of your things are loaded. Remain on the premesis until loading is completed. Do a final inspection of the house to make sure nothing is left behind. Don't sign off on any releases until you've completed this final inspection.
- Pack your vacuum cleaner last so you can clean the new home before furniture is in place.
- Make sure power, water, phone, etc. are connected in the new home. Having lights and heat will make the move-in task easier!
- Confine pets to an out of the way area while boxes and furniture are being moved in. They won't be underfoot or be tempted to go on a Homeward Bound-style adventure!
- If possible, allow televisions, computers, and major appliances time to adjust to room temperature before turning them on. This will prevent possible damage that can be incurred by rapid temperature changes.