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Moving tips II: today’s the big day! by Jillian CariolaPublished: April 7, 2014Updated: June 6, 2014

Ready to load up the truck and hit the road? Here are tips to keep moving day as smooth as possible.

Moving day has finally arrived, and you’re all packed up and ready to go. Keep yourself from loading everything into the van helter-skelter. We’ve got another set of tips to help you keep track of everything that will happen that day.

• When the movers arrive, give them a copy of your list of boxes and items so you’re both in agreement of how many boxes there are and what condition they’re in. You might want to take snapshots of things like the couch and the television as proof if something goes wrong later.

• This should go without saying, but in case you need reminding, do not put boxes of valuables in the moving van. Give them a vague label like “Misc. for kitchen” and find room for them in your car. Valuables don’t have to be just your jewelry box; they can include your antique spoon collection or your file of birth certificates and other necessary documents.

• Have an extra box on hand when you do a last once-over of your old house before leaving. Trust me; something is bound to turn up.

• Be sure to reach the new house before the moving van does; they can charge you extra for delays. This will also allow you ample time to unlock the doors, turn on the lights and be ready to let them in and point out what goes where.

• Remember how you labeled certain boxes “Bedroom 1” and “Bedroom 2”? As soon as you enter the new house, stick a label on each bedroom door indicating which is which.

• As boxes are unloaded, don’t forget to cross them off your list so you know which are already in the house in case one mysteriously disappears.

• Ask the movers, as well as your family, to avoid putting boxes in doorways to avoid accidents.

• Before the moving people leave, have a look at the condition of the boxes and furniture and note on the bill any damages you find. In case there are choruses of “I think that was already there”, you can show them the photos you took earlier.
Once the ruckus is over in your new home, you might have the itch to start taking things out of boxes and putting them in order. You’ll have enough time for that, so kick back and relax for now.

Of all the boxes waiting to be unpacked, where do you start? Part III of the “moving tips” series is coming soon!

 

(Photo from Matthew W. Jackson/Flickr Creative Commons)

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