Moving day can be much easier if you plan ahead on a few things. The following tips can help simplify this busy day.
Labeling and Boxing Basics
How you box and label can be the deciding factor between an easy move and a stress-filled one with missing or broken items. Use sturdy boxes, not recycled ones that are broken down and damaged. Ideally, the boxes should be similar dimensions so that they are easy to carry and stack. This allows you to fit more items into the moving truck, as well as allowing for quicker loading and unloading.
Label all boxes clearly on the top and all four sides. At a minimum, mark the box with the room they belong in — "Kitchen," "Bedroom 1," or "Bathroom Upstairs," for example. Mark the top, at least, with the basic contents as well. No need for a full inventory — just make it simple to assess what's inside when you are madly looking for the toaster your first morning in your new place!
The "First-Out, Last-In" Plan
The first-out, last-in plan refers to how your movers load the truck. Generally, the first things to be taken out of your old place will be the last to be unloaded at your new place. This isn't always a problem, especially for short local moves where loading and unloading can be completed in one day. For longer multi-day moves, it's very important to plan ahead for this.
When preparing for the movers to arrive, decide what items you will likely need your first night in the home. Mattresses and bedding are probably important, as are things like towels and shower curtains. Once you have a shortlist of these items, mark them somehow. This can mean putting all of these items in one spot for final loading or marking boxes and mattresses with Post-It notes to show they go in the truck last so that you can take them out first.
Finally, make sure that your place is safe for loading or unloading. Remove loose rugs or tape them down so no one trips while carrying large boxes. If it's wet out, put down rubber mats and provided towels so that wet floors can be dried quickly and to reduce slipping hazards.
It's also a good idea to allow the movers to stack items against the far wall in each room as they bring in items. This way, there are clear paths to the rear rooms in the home. This makes it easier and safer to move boxes to the right location. You can arrange the room after everything is off the truck.
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11 March 2021
After my husband lost his job, we started having a hard time paying our bills. We realized that if we wanted to stay afloat, we were going to have to sell our home and move into a much smaller place. Unfortunately, we quickly discovered that our new place wasn't going to fit all of our things, which is where storage units came into play. We rented a large unit to house some of our things, and it made it much more simple. We even learned a few great storage tips to keep our items clean and beautiful during the storage experience. This blog is all about storing your family's treasures.