MAKE SURE THERE IS A PARKING SPOT AVAILABLE FOR THE MOVING TRUCK AT BOTH LOCATIONS
It’s the morning of the move, and the moving company calls you to say they’re on the way. They ask you where they can park their big truck, and that’s when panic sets in. You dash outside, only to find cars lining the streets as far as the eye can see. The closest parking spot is 5 houses away, and you sheepishly inform the movers of the situation. They let you know that this move will now need to go late into the night and cost triple the amount that you had anticipated.
Reserving a parking spot at both locations is essential for an efficient move. The onus is on the customer to provide parking for the moving truck. Any parking tickets incurred are also the responsibility of the customer, so by securing parking spaces at both locations, you will not have to incur any additional fees/fines. It will make for a shorter and easier move.
RESERVING ELEVATORS OR STAIR WELL
The movers have arrived, and they enter your flat. They lift and carry your couch to the hallway. One of the movers presses the button for the elevator and then waits 2 minutes for one to come. The doors open, and there are 6 people and a dog crammed together, with no chance of even getting a lamp in there.
If you live in an apartment building or high-rise condo, you will need to reserve an elevator, and coordinate the times with your moving company. Buildings usually equip and protect the service elevator with padding/blankets before the start of the move, and most places will not even allow you to move without reserving one.
LABEL BOXES, ACCORDING TO EACH ROOM
You did it! The move is complete, the movers have left, and now you’re alone in your new place with all your possessions. But then you look around the house, and there are boxes everywhere. You open the first box in the living room and see that it’s full of dishes. You go to the kitchen and find out that those boxes are full of blankets and clothing. As tired as you are, you realize that this move isn’t close to being done
To help alleviate this problem, there is a simple process that can be done while packing – labeling each box as it is packed. By doing this, your movers will be able to place the labelled boxes in their desired room. The last thing you want to do on moving day is to spend unnecessary hours dedicated to finding items all over the house, and then having to place them where they belong. A simple label on each box will make it that much easier to set your new place up and have it feeling like home in no time. The movers will also be able to figure out the safest way to stack the boxes on the moving truck. Writing “fragile” on boxes of delicate items will also let the movers know how to stack the boxes, thereby preventing your 100lb weights from resting on top of your antique china set.
As stressful as moving can be, there are simple steps you can take to ensure your move goes as seamlessly as possible. A little preparation goes a long way, and in this case, it will save you time and money- something we can all get behind.
Olumide Aniyikaiye is a Move Expert and Founder for Packmyload.com.. You can connect with him via LinkedIn: https://ng.linkedin.com/in/aniyikaiye