Whether you’re moving around the block in your Long Island neighborhood or across the country, preparations are time-consuming and stressful. But let’s say you’ve got everything under control. You’ve researched and hired reliable local movers, you’ve packed all of your packable items, you’ve made sure your utilities will be turned off at your old house and on at your new house, and you’ve boarded your pets so they won’t get lost or trampled on moving day.
Everything’s ready for moving day. Everything’s done. Right? Well, not quite. There are still a few things you need to do to be prepared for moving day. Here’s our best advice based on over 40 years of experience successfully moving families like yours.
Review Your Contract
You’ve signed a contract with a trustworthy local movers, but do you really know what the contract says? We suggest reviewing it one more time before moving day to make sure there are no surprises. Make sure you understand the company’s policies and the services you agreed upon.
If you don’t understand wording in the contract or have questions about policies and services, by all means, call your moving company and make sure you get all of your questions answered. While you’re at it, double check on the movers’ arrival time, the amount of time the loading and unloading are projected to take, and whether you need to be available at the homes for the entire process.
Pack Up Your Personal Necessities
In the flurry of activities leading up to moving day, try to remember to pack your personal necessities (and have every member of your family pack theirs) in a special box or bag or suitcase and put it in an easy to reach location away from the boxes your movers will be taking. Things like medication, a change of clothes, your phone charger, nonperishable snacks, work papers, and basic cleaning supplies should be included.
If you end up having to spend time at your old home after everything’s been moved out or at your new home before things are moved in and unpacked, this bag of essentials will come in very handy. Just make sure it ends up in your vehicle, not in the moving truck along with all of the other boxes and furniture.
Look Out for the Moving Truck and Movers
Before moving day, survey the area around your home to determine where there is enough room for the movers to park and load the moving truck. If you don’t have a driveway, you may need to reserve space on the street, or, if you live in a building with a parking lot, you may need to reserve several spaces.
Also, make sure there will be a wide, clear path between the back of the truck and the door the movers will be using. You want the movers to be able to carry your large furniture safely down this path and onto the truck without injuring themselves or damaging the furniture, walls, or floor. The route the movers will be taking to carry things out of your house needs to be safe too, so make sure it is clear of floor coverings, furniture, and hanging objects that could impede your movers’ ability to carry items safely out of your house.
It’s also a good idea to think ahead about what your movers might need on moving day. Although they are probably used to working in many different situations, you can help your move go smoothly by planning in advance to have water and snacks on hand and letting them know which bathroom (equipped with hand towel, soap, and toilet paper) they can use during the move.
Leave Time for Last Minute Cleaning
Even if you have had your house professionally cleaned, after all the furniture is moved, you might find you need to do one last cleaning before you leave. Hidden dust bunnies, long forgotten stains, and other unwanted debris are suddenly glaringly obvious once your rooms are empty.
If you’ve packed basic cleaning supplies with your personal necessities, you’ll be all set to do your last minute cleaning and say your final goodbye to your old house. At the same time, you might want to check cupboards, closets, and drawers to make sure everything has been removed.
Make Sure Your Movers Are Experienced and Reliable
The last minute preparations we’ve mentioned can go a long way toward helping your move go smoothly. However, even more important is the mover you choose. Before you get ready to move, make sure you’ve done your homework and hired experienced, reliable, professional movers.
At Maffucci Bekins, we have over 40 years of experience helping families like yours move locally, throughout the New York region, and across the country. Call us at 1-888-804-6768 or submit our “Get a Free Quote” form online to find out how we can help simplify your next move.