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Moving and Packing Tips for an Easy Moving Day
Now that you’ve packed up your home and are ready for the big moving day, it’s time to actually transport everything to your new place. It can often seem like a daunting task to tackle, but the good news is there are things you can do to make moving day be much less stressful. Take a look at our tips for packing and moving to help your moving day go smoothly and stress-free.
Show Appreciation When Friends Help You Move
A little good will for all the family, friends and hired hands goes a long way. It helps to let everyone know that you value their time and it’s a great way to kick start the day:
Pick up snacks and treats. Reserve some kitchen counter space for your movers and volunteers. Help keep the momentum up with high protein options and bottled water. Don’t forget the coffee and doughnuts for friends and family if you’re moving in the morning!
Label boxes smartly. Color code boxes according to the room they’re going into. Use another sticker for the small boxes that your friends can move. Have the movers save their brawn for the heavy lifting.
Move electronics in their original packaging. When possible, repack TVs, monitors printers and other high value items in the box they were purchased in. Have the movers pack these last so they’re first off the truck at your new place. You can also assign a friend to transport expensive or fragile items.
Donate ahead of the move. Instead of booking the pickup or delivery of donated couches and furniture on moving day, get that done ahead of time. You’ll decrease traffic in your place and movers will work more efficiently. Save the receipts of donated items for tax time.
Moving Day: Truck Parking Permit Do’s
In addition to everything else you need to handle, be sure you’ve made arrangements for the moving truck to park, load and offload your things. You’ll also need to reserve parking space for your volunteers.
Ask the moving company to deal with permitting. If you’re moving into a downtown area, truck parking may require a permit. Delegate the issue to your movers, but be sure to follow up and verify that everything is taken care of weeks before you move.
Check in with local authorities. Verify that the moving group has requested the proper permits and that the dates, times and space reserved for the truck are correct for both the move out and the move-in address. Curb lane closures, meter bagging and other no parking signs are special measures that may need to be arranged in advance.
Reserve the space with signs. When parking’s tight around moving locations, help the public to steer clear of your reserved space with signage. Ask if the city will post notices and enforce towing to help ensure the moving truck can park safely.
Create a Floor Plan of Your New Home
By taking a few moments and sketching out where you want your furniture to go, your move in to the new home can go more smoothly.
Draw floor plans for each floor. Clearly identify the name of each room and be sure that title corresponds with the room name on the boxes you labeled. Use low tack tape on the floor to assist with furniture placement.
Label each room. In the same color code used to identify boxes, place a post it note on the door or wall of every room in the house so boxes and furniture will get delivered to the right place.
Designate a wall for boxes. Have boxes placed against one wall in each room. You’ll have room to stage furniture and place beds quickly.
Label an area for fragile items. Boxes marked fragile should be placed in out-of-the way areas like a hall front closet. Be sure that the door to this area closes to help keep these items safe.
Manage Your Movers Wisely
Although you don’t want to disappear completely on your movers, you can also get in the way if you hover too closely.
Designate a trash handler. As packing paper makes its way out of boxes in the kitchen, have trash bags available for a friend to fill. Select another to break down cardboard boxes and store them neatly in the garage for pickup later.
Protect your doors and windows. One great idea is to place broken down boxes on window sills near areas that see a lot of traffic. Also, ask the movers to drape a moving carpet over the entry doors to help protect them.
Inquire about payment on the day of the move. Even though you’ve probably already learned about the types of payments your moving company will accept, review this now. Be sure they’re still ok with a credit card payment if you agreed to that earlier.
Tip each of the movers separately. Tipping for movers usually ranges between $10 to $50 per person. It’s likely they’ve earned it. Let them know you appreciate their help early in the day. Hiring movers may be expensive, but imagine moving the heavier items in your home without them.
While you’re finalizing the moving plans, be sure to reach out to your American Family Insurance agent and learn about how customizing homeowners coverage can get you the protection your new life needs.