Maneuvering through Moving Day

The day has finally arrived and you’re ready to move to your new home. The truck is ready to be packed and you have taken care to leave your old home in a respectable condition, meaning it is in pretty much the same condition it was in when you first moved in. Whether you are using a professional Durham moving company or making the move on your own, there are some basic rules that you will need to follow.

When the truck is being loaded, a Durham moving company advises not to block your neighbor’s driveway or the sidewalk. If you must block a driveway ask the neighbors first. Let them know how long you will be loading and give them the opportunity to move any of their vehicles if needed. Also, be courteous to those in your soon-to-be old neighborhood. Load the truck during the day, just not really early and take care not to damage lawns or flower beds. You never know; you may move back into the neighborhood in the future and you want to leave a good impression.

You will want to have refreshments on hand for anyone helping you load the truck. Water and snacks for the movers, or in cold weather, hot chocolate or coffee will be appreciated. Depending on how long it takes to load your truck you may need to provide lunch and/or dinner for anyone helping with your move.

Once the truck is loaded and you have locked up the old house, it’s time to hit the road. When using a professional mover provide the driver with your cell phone number, and ask for their number as well, in the event you get delayed along the way. If you are late meeting the driver at the new location you will probably be charged for any time they have to spend waiting for you.

With that in mind, you should carefully plan your trip and be conservative in your time estimates to allow for unexpected delays. If it’s possible, drive the route you plan to take on your moving day a couple of days in advance to get a better idea of how long it will actually take. If you are driving your own moving truck remember you will be driving slower and some of the route you take in your own vehicle may not be accessible to your moving truck due to weight or height restrictions along the way.

If driving your own rented truck there are certain safety concerns to keep in mind. Its size alone will be a challenge if you’re unaccustomed to driving a larger truck. You will also be carrying a heavier load than you are used to and it will take much more time to stop. Besides, all of your possessions are in the truck and you don’t want them to be damaged in the move.

Every time you stop inspect the outside of the truck for indications that there may be a problem with the tire pressure, door latches and the lights. The few minutes spent on the little things can save a lot of time from them turning into big things.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, great advice, and it brought back memories from when my brother moved house. we had loads of people helping us, so lots of cups of tea! lol! voted up! nell

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Nell! Moving days can be fun with family and friends helping! :)

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