The day of your move is an exciting, tiring, and stressful event. We know moving, we live it, and in an oddly awesome way – we love it! We have compiled a list of tricks and tips to help the day of your move yield more towards exciting and less towards stressful.

  • Make Parking Easy: Parking near your residence should be easily accessible for your mover. Do whatever you can to reserve parking for your mover; reserve spaces with your car, a friend’s car, or sawhorses. Remember the moving van cannot block the street. Also, if the movers have to walk half a block with your furniture, the move will take longer and cost you more. If you live in a high-rise building, make sure that another move does not coincide with yours. Some high-rise buildings have loading docks designed to accommodate only one truck at a time.
  • Take Notes: Make a note of your shipment registration number and keep it with you in case you need to call your mover with questions about your shipment.
  • Get the Bed Ready: Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so that you won’t have to rummage through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.
  • Don’t forget about the Fridge and Freezer:  After you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator or freezer, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior smelling fresh.
  • Pack Heavy – Pack Light:  Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
  • Give out Your Number: Before the van foreman leaves for your destination residence, give him a phone number where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to provide him with an alternate contact in case you can’t be reached.
  • Protect Your Memories: If it’s irreplaceable, take it with you in the car (you don’t want regrets later). But if you do decide to pack framed photos or art, place sheets or blankets between them for added protection.
  • Know how to Pack Plates and Records:  Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked.
  • Remember the Bare Necessities:  Toilet paper, telephone, toiletries, snacks, coffee (and pot), soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, and paper towels are some of the essentials you may need upon arrival at your new home. Pack a box with these types of items and ask your van foreman to load it last so that it will be unloaded first.
  • Unscrew Bulbs: Remove bulbs before packing your lamps.
  • A Fun Way for the Kids to Help:  Have children write their names and new address on the cartons from their rooms so they can become familiar with their new street and town.
  • Help Your Pet Relax: Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch him at their house.
  • Be Nice to Your Plants:  When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.
  • Take a Break from the Computer:  Upon arrival at your new home, let your computer “acclimate” itself to room temperature before plugging it in.
  • Enjoy the Help:  Leave the rest to the moving professionals, sit back and relax, and look forward to the new opportunities, friends, and experiences that are part of any move.