Use the move as an opportunity to have a clear-out. Have a yard sale or a car-port sale with anything you don't need/want. Or give your local charity shop a boost. Either way, you can purge some items and even make some money!
Think about the space in your new home before you move and start to imagine the best way to arrange your furniture in it. You can even make sketches or a map if you like. This will make moving in much easier and help you feel more at home.
Take any staples out of boxes before you pack them. Stray staples can scratch floors and surfaces, as they'll probably move in transit.
Buy LOTS of packing tape. It's great for strengthening boxes, won't let them open in transit, and can be easily opened when you want to with a knife. Go the whole hog and buy a tape gun too - it makes taping much easier and it's fun too!
Plan where your movers can park to load and unload - the further they have to walk the longer it will take. Clear your driveway of any vehicles, basketball goals, or clutter. Having the shortest route possible to the truck will cut down on your move cost.
Teach your kids your new address and phone number as soon as you have it.
Don't use any special cleaning/maintenance products such as wax or oils on antique furniture for a couple of weeks before your move. They can make the wood softer for a few weeks and leave it more likely to get damaged.
Unplug your TV a day before your move so that it will settle down to room temperature. If you unplug it just before you move it may retain heat when wrapped or packed- this can actually cause internal damage.
Write down instructions for any systems in your home such as central heating, air conditioning, etc., and make sure the people moving in know any alarm codes. If you have brochures, guarantees, or any paperwork relating to systems or appliances you're leaving behind make sure to leave them somewhere obvious. This will make their move much easier for them, and keep them from bothering you during yours! Also, call the previous owner of your new home and ask them to do the same.
If your new home has an alarm system ask for the code before you move!
Try to get a good night's sleep before your moving day. It's going to be a long day!
Packing starts out being fun but can soon get boring and tedious. Make yourself feel better about it by setting deadlines (i.e. a week to pack up the garage etc) and keeping to them!
Underpacking is almost as bad as overpacking and the contents of underpacked boxes are MUCH more likely to be damaged. Make sure you fill boxes with a mix of heavy and light.
Don't leave all your packing to the last day. You'll be up all night and still not get it done right. But don't beat yourself up if you don't get everything done. If you're pushed for time, it doesn't matter if you just box up non-fragile items quickly or even just stuff them in bags. If this happens to you, do make sure you ask your movers to take extra care or just transport these last-minute packed things yourself. Pack your fragile items first. This way, your best boxes and packing materials go towards your most valuable items and and it ensures your fragiles will be packed in advance.
Don't use foam 'peanuts' to pack a computer - they can generate static electricity and cause damage.
Try not to wrap fragile items in newspaper, as the print will come off on them. You'll just have to wash everything before you can put it away. And, newsprint doesn't generally come off well in a dishwasher so chances are you'll be washing them by hand. If you don't want to buy wrapping materials save up magazines for a few weeks beforehand.
Don't use newspaper to wrap lampshades - chances are you'll not be able to get the newsprint off again!
Get one of your movers to do a last walk-round your old house with you before you leave. A fresh pair of eyes can often spot things you've left behind.
If you're in the habit of hanging clothes or stuff behind bedroom doors remember to check them as well. This is one of the most common places people forget things.
Write OPEN FIRST on boxes of essential items and DO NOT MOVE on boxes you're not planning on taking with you!
It's easier to clean your new home before you move in. If you can't do it yourself consider hiring professionals to whiz around for a couple of hours before your load arrives.
You don't need to take drawers out of chests of drawers for the move - even if they can't be locked. You can use masking tape to hold in drawers that do not lock. Masking tape is specifically made not to leave residue, unlike duct, electrical, or box tape.
If you're carrying heavy boxes, bend with the knees and not with your back!
Before your movers arrive, try to make sure that all boxes, containers, etc. are stacked neatly in the room (ideally around the walls) and leave the movers room to maneuver. This will speed up the process.
Make sure someone is at your new home to meet the movers and to tell them where to unload stuff.
If you're moving with kids let them loose on their new bedrooms with a couple of boxes of stuff they can unpack to keep them occupied. Alternatively give them fun jobs to do. Anything to keep the kids out of the movers' way is a positive. This will allow the movers to work at full speed and also keep your kids safe from accidents.
Give your movers your cellphone number. This way, they can get the answers to any questions they may have and get back to work as quickly as possible.
Big League Movers has a two hour minimum and charges in half hour increments. Ask your Crew Leader what time they marked as their start time and make the best use of your time with the 30 minute increments in mind.
After The Move
Tipping. It's a nice touch to tip your movers all individually if they've been really helpful. Otherwise tip the Crew Leader and he will sort them all out. Just like any service, a tip is not expected but definitely appreciated! We are often asked what the standard tipping rate is; $5 to $10 per hour is a good ball park figure.
Give electrical items a chance to get to room temperature before you plug them in.
Expect to feel a bit 'blue' for a couple of days after the move. It happens all the time and doesn't mean you hate your new home - just that the move and the thought of unpacking has taken its toll on you a bit. Although "move day" is over, the whole moving process is not. It generally takes a few months for everything to be in order. Keep this in mind and do not stress out!
Call your friends and family to let them know you've moved safely.
Keep your kids occupied and give them lots of attention - they'll probably be unsettled by the move too. Make time to have some fun!
If you feel up to it throw a housewarming party!
Big League Movers is here to help! If you have any questions, or would just like a recommendation on a good restaurant or nice park, just give us a call at 404-984-3166!