With all of the packing and organizing that accompanies a move, there are bound to be a few details that get overlooked in the process. The experts at Relocation.com put together the following checklist of items that need to be taken care of before, during and after the move to ensure that you and your stuff arrive safely at your new home.
Before the movers arrive:
-Double check each room to be sure everything is packed and ready to be moved. Be sure to check closets, cupboards, attics and basements as it is very easy to overlook these places when packing.
-Make sure the items you will move are set apart from the items to be moved by the movers. If possible, move these items into the car or to the neighbor’s house before the movers even arrive.
-Make sure you have your own personal bag packed and set aside before the movers arrive. You should have whatever items you need during the move and for a few days after the move, just in case the moving van is delayed.
-Get rid of any clutter that could get in the way of movers.
-If you have children, get someone to watch them so they don’t get hurt, or set aside a room where they can stay during the move.
-Put your pets in a room where they will not be in the way of the loading process; better yet, have someone watch them, or board them.
-Make sure there’s plenty of parking space for the moving van.
-Make sure you know how the moving company wants to be paid-get this ready prior to the move day. It’s often cash on delivery, but many companies will take a credit card. Most moving companies expect to paid right after the job is completed.
When the mover arrives:
-Review all paperwork and details with the crew chief-you will be presented with a bill of lading, which sets forth all the conditions of your move.
-Accompany the driver as he inspects each piece of furniture and prepares an inventory sheet. There will be a detailed description of your goods at the time of loading. Make sure you agree with the mover’s assessment of the furniture’s condition in case you need to file a damage claim later.
-Provide all other phone numbers where you can be reached while shipment is in transit. Make sure you have the crew chief’s name and telephone number as well and make sure the movers have the exact address of your new home.
-Establish a solid, friendly relationship with your movers from the beginning.
-Have water or cold drinks available for the crew, and maybe some food.
-Be available to assist the crew with any questions they have. If you will not be available during the move, arrange for someone else to make decisions in your absence. Leave them detailed notes about anything you want them to remember. This individual may be required to sign documents obligating you to charges, so give them a number they can reach you at and notify the moving company of your replacement.
-Most importantly, relax and let the professionals do their job.
Closing up your old home:
-Recheck all closets, cabinets, storage areas, drawers and the basement and attic to ensure everything’s been loaded onto the van.
-Throw out all garbage.
-Lock windows and doors, shut off faucets, set thermostats and turn off all lights.
-Leave any keys or garage door openers for the new owners.
-Leave your forwarding address and phone number with a neighbor in case you need to be reached.
At your new home:
-Label the rooms so the movers know which is which, and provide floor schematics so they know where to place furniture and other large items.
-Use the mover’s inventory-prepared by the mover when they loaded your items-to check off the items as they are unloaded from the moving van.
Once everything is unloaded:
-You will be asked to sign the inventory sheets and bill of lading. Check these documents closely; don’t sign until you’re sure you have everything.
-Unpack the kids’ room and the kitchen first-you want to make your kids feel settled in their rooms. Because the kitchen is a central part of many peoples’ lives, it’s good to have this area up and running.
-Set up your beds relatively early; you’ll be tired, and sleeping on the floor is not a good way to celebrate the first night in your new home.
-Take it easy, meal-wise, on move-in day. Prepare something beforehand that will be ready to eat; better yet, pick up something to-go.
-Celebrate your new home.