5 Things to Do on Moving Day (Don’t Forget the Self-Care)
Moving day is the culmination of weeks, and in some cases months of planning. You’ve created your moving plan, checked the boxes from hiring a relocation specialist, to purchasing moving supplies, to forwarding the mail and turning off or transferring your utilities. And while much has been done, until all of your household goods and personal belongings have arrived at your new home, the process is not complete.
Moving day, in fact, comes with a unique set of tasks that must be attended to in order to keep things running smoothly. So, we asked our relocation experts here at King Companies about the top five things clients should be doing once moving day arrives and they offered the following advice:
- Make room for the moving truck. If you live in a congested area, or a busy street where cars park on the curb, you’ll need to make sure you have space reserved for the moving truck. There is nothing worse than having movers show up with no place to park. Consider asking neighbors to park elsewhere that day, or block space with your own vehicles or those of close friends and neighbors to ensure time isn’t wasted and additional costs incurred as your movers circle the block waiting to park.
- Clear walkways. Movers will need to be able to get in and out of your home easily. It’s important to remove plants and any decorative items such as doormats and rugs, wind chimes, etc. from any porches, hallways or driveways that will be used to access your home. Also, make sure that obstructions like screen doors are propped open during loading and unloading to avoid any damage to your property.
- Separate items you don’t want to pack and ship with the moving truck. Jewelry and other small valuables; drivers licenses, passports and birth certificates; special toys for the children; and, other valuables you don’t want to travel with the moving truck should be set aside. As you do your final walk through with the driver the morning of the move, make note of those items so they aren’t put on the truck by mistake.
- Take care of your movers. It’s important to consider the needs of your crew on moving day. Depending on the size of your move, it could be a long day so consider running out to get donuts or bagels in the morning, providing water or sports drinks if it is hot day, and ordering in a pizza for lunch or an afternoon snack. Also, don’t forget to tell the movers which restroom you want them to use, and where to wash their hands. It’s also a good idea to have a bottle of hand sanitizer within easy reach throughout the day to help prevent the spread of germs. Finally, don’t forget to follow any CDC or other government-mandated guidelines for your area including mask wearing and other protocols.
- Take care of yourself and your family. Don’t forget self-care. You’ve been very busy in the days leading up to your move, so be sure to take time to catch your breath. If you have small children and/or pets, have them spend the day with friends or family members, or arrange for childcare or pet-sitting services that are outside the home. This will help to alleviate the stress that comes from keeping children and pets out of the way so that the movers can do their job. Also, once the movers get underway, take a break from the move and take your mind off the task at hand.
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