Moving day is a naturally stressful and tiring time, but you can make it less stressful by taking precautions and by planning ahead. If your moving day is coming soon, these tips can help you make moving day a more enjoyable and more productive time.
1. Keep Snacks With You
Snacks are important on moving day. Whether you’ve hired movers or not, you’ll be working hard coordinating boxes and directing people as they load the truck. Failure to eat can leave you feeling weak, tired, or distracted. Having food on hand is important, especially if you’ve packed up your dry food and cleaned out your refrigerator.
Keep filling but healthy snacks like granola bars and nuts in an easy-to-reach spot. Have water or sports drinks available in a cooler so you’ll have something cold and refreshing to drink throughout the day.
2. Send the Young Kids and Pets Elsewhere
Young kids and pets can be distracting on moving day. Ask a friend or loved one to watch your children and pets on the day the movers come, and then welcome them home after the last mover has gone for the day.
If you must keep them with you that day, put one adult in charge of keeping them entertained and away from the movers. This strategy can help prevent accidents and can also help keep everything on task.
3. Separate Your Go Bag
If you’re like many people, you’ve probably packed a go back for moving day. This is a bag of stuff that you’ll need right away when you’ve finally arrived in your new house. Put your go bag in your car or somewhere far away from your other boxes so the movers won’t pack the bag with your other things. This way, you’ll have access to your go bag when you need to.
4. Communicate With the Mover in Charge
When the movers arrive on the day of the relocation, find out who is in charge of the team. When you need to communicate with the movers as a group, do so by communicating with the person in charge. The person in charge of the team will communicate with everyone else. This is a good way to ensure that all of the information is properly disseminated.
5. Be Prepared for Weather
In the week before your move, check the weather every day to see what the forecast predicts for your moving day. If weather like snow, rain, or a blustery wind is predicted, be prepared. You may need tarps to lay down on the floor of your home to prevent the snow from ruining your carpet. You’ll likely also need a warm jacket to prevent you from getting cold.
Whatever is coming with the weather, be prepared. Get ready a few days in advance so you won’t be scrambling at the last minute.
6. Map Your Route Ahead of Time
If you’re going to be traveling a distance from your old home to your new home, map out your route ahead of time. This ensures you’ll be ready to jump in the car and go when the time comes to drive from one home to another. If the weather is predicted to be bad, you may need to alter your route. Take into consideration factors like ice and rain, and if the road is expected to be in bad condition, change it as needed.
7. Get Enough Sleep the Night Before
Sleep is very important the night before your relocation. Go to bed early as possible, and do what you can to ensure that the sleep will be of good quality. If your bed is packed in a truck, sleep on an air mattress. Draw the blinds to block light from the street. If you’ve already taken down your blinds, hang a sheet or blanket temporarily in the window.
8. Keep Extra Packing Materials on Hand for the Move Day
You may find yourself packing last-minute things on your move day. To make this easier, keep packing materials like boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and scissors on hand. Pile these extra things somewhere easy to locate in your home. Do not allow your packing materials to get mixed up with your packed boxes and other belongings, or they could get put into the truck before you’re able to use them.
9. Keep a First Aid Kit on Hand
Keep a first aid kit within easy reach for moving day. If you slip, cut yourself opening a box, or hurt yourself falling down, you may need a bandage or painkiller.
For more information about how you can make your moving day less stressful, contact an experienced moving company. Your movers can help you determine what you can do to make the experience more efficient and less stressful.
At Bekins Van Lines, Inc., we’re happy to answer your questions. Contact us today for more information.