To ensure a smooth relocation, avoid the following common moving challenges.
The New Location Isn’t Ready
You may be buying a home, and there is a delay in the closing. Or, perhaps, you were building or renovating, and the contractor got off schedule. Maybe the house appears to be ready, but you realize the utility providers forgot to start the utilities on time when you move in.
You know the adage: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Double-check dates with your utility provider to ensure the utilities are on. Monitor the progress of your closing or construction work and intervene to keep the process on time or to reschedule your moving date.
Don’t pack essential items until the day before the movers arrive to have what you need if you have to delay. Also, pack an emergency kit with snacks that don’t require refrigeration, candles, flashlights, and water if you need to live in your new house for a few days without electricity.
Make sure you have keys to all the doors in the new home several days before the move. Make duplicates ahead of time in case you lose the first set.
Professional movers typically can complete the move successfully in everything but the most extreme weather. However, be aware of your mover’s policies in severe weather like tornadoes or hurricanes.
Plan for every eventuality to make sure you and your family are safe. If it’s hot, take precautions to avoid heatstroke and dehydration. Keep an emergency kit in your car in case of ice and freezing weather.
Accidents and Breakdowns
You can lessen the odds of your car breaking down by having it serviced before the move. Also, when packing items in your vehicle, avoid blocking the driver’s view through the front, side, or back windows.
Reputable, professional movers maintain their trucks well and hire qualified drivers, so issues with their vehicles are unlikely. However, if they happen, the mover will have a protocol to send out a new truck and transfer your stuff as quickly as possible.
The best way to ensure you’ll have your essentials available when you arrive at your new home is to pack them separately and carry them with you in your vehicle. Essential items include prescriptions, toiletries, toilet paper, towels, sheets, a first aid kit, and a change or two of clothes.
Furniture Doesn’t Fit
Sometimes furniture that fits your old house won’t fit in the new one. Large sofas, pendulum clocks, grand pianos, and massive dining room tables are common culprits. Knowing early that these items won’t fit will prevent you from having the movers bring something and struggle with it only to discover it just doesn’t fit.
Find or make a floor plan for the new home that includes room, window, and door measurements. Then measure each piece of furniture to be sure it will fit. Sell or otherwise dispose of items that are too large ahead of time and replace them with new, smaller versions.
On the Move
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