Guide for Moving Day

The big day has finally arrived and the movers are knocking on the door. Your new home has been cleaned and ready for occupancy and everything in your house is packed and ready to go. Well, maybe not everything. You probably still have a coffee pot and couple of cups on the counter, but everything else should be ready to be carried out to the truck.

The main thing you need to do is work with the movers. If you are unable to greet them at the door have someone there who can. Make sure the movers have explicit directions to the new place and they know who is going to meet them there and when. The movers will be the ones determining what order everything goes into the truck, based on their experience, ensuring the load is stable and secure for the trip. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, the load must be packed properly.

Before the movers start loading the truck, before they get there is even better, put everything you are going to move yourself into your vehicle. Clothing and valuables can be moved on your own and the luggage you will need before you get to the new house. Remember, once your belongings are on a moving truck you won’t have access to them until the truck is unloaded.

Never leave the house until the last item is packed and the movers are ready to go. When hiring movers, a Chapel Hill moving company recommends having a prepared inventory list that includes everything that is being placed on the moving truck. This can also be done when moving on your own in the unfortunate event that the truck is stolen or wrecked to provide you with an accurate inventory for your insurance company.

When you arrive at your new home, make sure you or a trusted friend is there to supervise the unloading. Direct the movers to the location of all furniture and if possible, where it is to be placed, to save a lot of time and labor later. You should have marked every box as to where it goes and the person directing the unloading will make sure it gets there.

Check all furniture and household items for damage, including all appliances if possible. If there are some items that have not been found since boxes are not unpacked, when you sign the delivery receipt be sure to specify some are pending inspection to indicate you will be looking for hidden damages. Before you sign any inventory forms make sure to notate any known missing items and verify with the driver or moving supervisor that the items are not there before they leave.

Just as when the movers arrived and started packing their truck, when they unload, stay out of their way. Regardless of your intentions the move will go much faster if the movers don’t have to worry about tripping over you or any children. If you have youngsters, it may be easier to find someplace for them to stay while you are loading and unloading the truck. This is for their own safety as well as to keep them from trying to find their favorite toys while the truck is being unloaded.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Some great moving tips here! I couldn't help but think of that funny movie with Chevy Chase where the movers got lost for a couple of days after they had moved out to the country!


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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Rebecca! Haha - you are talking about Funny Farm! That is a great movie :)

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