Are you ready to pack your belongings, load them onto a van, and move into your new home? Not so fast! Moving is a thrilling, life-changing adventure, but it’s also a delicate balancing act that can be stressful and chaotic if you fail to approach it the right way.
Although you might have taken care of all the nitty-gritty details, for the upcoming move to go smoothly and as pain-free as possible, you should also prepare yourself mentally before moving day arrives to avoid any unexpected challenges or surprises sneaking up on you down the road. After all, home runs are not hit by chance but by planning and preparation.
Don’t be blindsided by the big day – scroll down for six things you can expect on moving day to welcome any challenges armed and ready with some insider scoop.
Early Bird Gets the Worm
Be prepared to wrap up any last-minute packing and hit the sack early the day before your moving day, as you will have wake at the crack of dawn to welcome the moving crew on your doorstep and avoid any delays. Plus, it will provide extra shut-eye in case of tossing and turning throughout the night due to the moving jitters.
Your moving company will notify you of the scheduled arrival time, so there should be no confusion regarding your alarm clock settings. Hiring a reputable moving company, such as LA Moving Star, can help ensure your movers are as efficient as you for a headache-free moving day. And don’t forget to arm yourself with a morning cup of coffee and a rich breakfast because you’ll need all the energy you can to get you through the big day.
Getting a Move On
The moving crew will do most of the heavy lifting for you, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to lift a finger. So, you might want to skip the stilettos and slip into something comfy. When the movers arrive, they’ll go through all the items to be moved with you and make an inventory list with details regarding the current state of your belongings, have you read and sign it, then hand you a copy.
Give them a quick tour of your property. Stay close and let them know you’re there if they need you but try not to hover and get in their way. Remember to keep any essentials separate to avoid losing them in the havoc of moving or having them end up with the rest of your belongings out of your reach. Better to be safe than sorry, right?
Keep in mind that moving is hard work, so you can expect both you and your moving crew to break a sweat after a while. Be prepared to have cold refreshments and snacks on hand as they can turn out to be a lifesaver that will keep you energised.
If you’ve hired professional moving services that include packing, expect the moving crew (a skilled squad of 2-5 movers, depending on the complexity of the move) to take the reins and handle all the packing and loading logistics of your move. Before they start moving your world onto wheels one box at a time, provide them with any crucial information they should be aware of and address any special items requiring some extra TLC.
The movers will safely wrap and strategically group your belongings into labelled boxes using their tried-and-true organization methods, so try to keep any controlling impulses at bay. Let the experts do what they do best. You will get to direct the unloading part of the show and tell your crew where you want each item placed in your new home.
Hitting the Road
To keep your belongings from tumbling around the truck and avoid the risk of any damage, the movers will pack them tightly into the moving truck to ensure everything reaches the final destination in one piece. After all, neither of you needs the additional stress of dealing with the liability claims process.
Though you might be eager to embark on the new journey, don’t forget to glance over your shoulder one last time and double-check everything before you hit the pavement to ensure nothing gets left behind (and get a chance to say goodbye!).
As you and your safely-wrapped belongings head to your new home, don’t relax just yet. Provide your driver with detailed directions and contact information and ensure you’re available for guidance or any questions. Keeping your phone on silent mode or having your battery die and ghosting your crew is a big no-no!
The Grand Arrival
Many factors, such as the size and complexity of your move, will dictate how long the entire moving process will take but expect your belongings to be packed, loaded, and delivered to your new home by the end of the moving day or the next day.
When the moving truck finally hits the brakes in front of your new home, your movers will need someone to let them in. So, ensure you arrive at the delivery destination before the driver to welcome the crew back and take care of any issues that require special attention, such as parking space, etc., in advance to avoid any problems and delays.
The Delivery (Day)
Don’t get too comfortable too soon. Delivery day is as crucial as moving day. Upon the movers’ arrival, you’ll be handed the inventory sheets and the bill of lading, so be prepared to review everything carefully before signing and maybe slip in a little tip for their efforts. The movers will then unload all boxes from the vehicle and into your new home—here’s where your leadership skills and organizational tendencies can come in handy.
You can instruct them on where you want them to ensure everything gets put in its rightful place instead of waking up next to a scattered mess of boxes the next day. If you’ve paid for unpacking or furniture assembling services, these tasks will also be checked off your dreaded to-do list. All items will be unpacked, put together, and arranged in the room of your choice.
Be Prepared: Have Your Moving Day Go Smoothly
And voilà—you’re all set to start the new chapter of your life and make your new house feel like home!
Having peace of mind knowing that you have experienced and reputable moving experts in your corner and what to expect on your moving day can reduce some of the relocation anxiety and make the big day go hassle-free.
Plus, it will give you plenty of time to put your heart and mind at ease with the upcoming life change, as well.
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