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Planning and executing a commercial or residential move requires a lot of planning and preparation to ensure a smooth transition, minimize chances of damage and loss, and have a hassle-free experience. Although we will take care of everything for you from start to finish, there are also some things that you can do to prepare yourself. You may want to go through this list of things to consider to be aware of every step of the process and to avoid any unexpected surprises.
Before You Move
Before You Move
Go through your entire house or office and try to identify anything you don’t need. Get rid of as much as you can – you don’t want to go through the trouble and expense of transporting just to throw belongings out when you get there.
Sort your things in order of what you want to pack together; such as items that will go to the same room or those that will be sent to storage. Determine which groups of items you will need sooner than the others, and make note of things you may suddenly need to take out in case of emergencies. Also, figure out which items have special packing or protection needs.
When choosing a moving company, compare the quotes of different movers with the services and quality of work they deliver. Ask friends, family, and neighbors – both at your old and new addresses – on advice for moving in general, as well as any moving companies they may be familiar with.
Keep records of everything in a single place. Organize all the necessary paperwork, receipts, and checklists.As well,keep an inventory of all your belongings, furniture, and equipment. Remember to take care of other paperwork you may need to move, such as school, bank, and medical records, and all necessary change of addresses.
Make a list and prepare all the packing supplies you will be using. Use standard moving boxes instead of odd bits of reused boxes and bags of different sizes. Buy packing tape and protective material such as bubble wrap, and plan how to move items that require special care.Take measurements of large furniture to make sure they will fit through doors. Label everything you pack, and photograph or videotape your more expensive possessions.
- Tie loose ends
Try to finish any perishable items that you won’t be bringing with you. Wrap up any loose ends such as laundry and dry cleaning, and anything out at a repair shop. Be sure to cancel any services you won’t be moving to your new address, and again do a change of address for credit cards, banks, insurance, etc. Inform friends, family, and co-workers of your move as well.
Make sure any vehicle you will be using is in good condition for the trip. Take distance, weather, and a heavy load into consideration.
Ready your suitcases to live out of for a few days just in case you are unable to unpack your boxes for some time after the actual move.
- Whatever the time of day your move may take place, have snacks and hot drinks ready for everyone involved in the moving process. Make sure you have enough money for gas, tips, payment arrangements, and any incidentals or emergencies.
- Supervise everything to be able to give specific instructions for specific items. Discuss and agree upon a record for the condition of your belongings before they are moved and before you agree to sign anything.
- When everything is loaded, be sure to double-check every room, drawer, shelf, cabinet, cupboard, etc. for anything left behind. Make sure to turn off all the lights and any appliances left behind. Shut off the mains for the water, electricity, and gas. Double-check that all windows are closed and secured, and finally, lock all the doors.
- Before the movers start the trip, go over the routes and estimated time of arrival at your new address. Make sure you each have dependable ways of contacting each other during the entire trip. Make a last minute check of any traffic and accident reports,as well as the weather.
- Try to get to your new address a few minutes before the movers do to prepare everything for their arrival. Unlock the doors, and make sure carpeting and other items are covered with protective material. Clear any obstructions from the path that movers will need to take to bring your belongings in. Start with the most remote or inaccessible areas to make sure nothing ends up blocking the way. Direct and take note of where everything should go. Pay particular attention to the location of the boxes you will need to open the soonest.
- Again, supervise all unloading and unpacking, and closely check the inventory and condition of each item for any changes during the trip. Refrain from signing any release forms until completely satisfied. Keep all records, receipts, photos and videos, and any other documents even after your move in a safe place. Don’t forget to be generous with your tips for a job well done.