Things to Remember On the Day of Your Move
There’s certainly a lot to remember when it comes to preparing for the day of your move. Hence lists and the help of your friends will certainly come in handy on such a daunting project. You must think of your essentials so these may be prioritized, since realistically it would really take a lot of time to fully transfer all of your things to another property. Most importantly, your friends’ help will be mostly appreciated and it’s just fair to give them some gestures of appreciation for their efforts.
These considerations will mostly be effective if you will be hiring a highly effective mover to assist and expertly oversee the components of your transfer. As you work with a seasoned transfer specialist, you will primarily need to have documentation and packing supplies on your shortlist of moving day essentials.
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1. Documentation. It would be best to collect it all in one file. These should include employment, rent, bank, credit, etc. contracts, dentist/ doctor/ vet records, etc. Prepare all the moving documentation as well like inventory sheet, payment documents, etc. How will you travel to your new home? In case you won’t go by your own car, put together all the traveling documents like bus/ airplane tickets and hotel/ restaurant reservations.
2. Packing supplies. The relocation essentials that you should have are extra tape, boxes, bags, packing paper, bubble wrap and packing peanuts, depending on what type of packing materials you will choose to use. Almost in every move people tend to underestimate the quantity of things they have and spare boxes and bags are needed; especially bags. Since all of your things are in drawers, cupboards, shelves, etc. it is often difficult to estimate precisely exactly how much and whats sort of packing supplies would be good for you exactly on moving day.
3. Medication. Consider what medicines you currently use and what you may need on moving day like painkillers, something to soothe soar throat and any sign of cold, if necessary, or to relieve allergic reactions if you are prone to them. Prepare a medical kit with everything you or the members of your family may need on moving day. Do your children or pets use medications currently? Make sure you do not pack medicines that are expired!
4. What do you need from the bathroom? Consider toothbrush and toothpaste, hair brush, razor and shaving cream, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, antiperspirant, toilet paper, wet wipes, towels and cosmetics that you use. Depending on your location and day of the move you may also need a repellent. It would be good to get an extra set of clothes for each member of your family while on the road.
5. For the children. Kids will need to have their favorite toys, also snacks and drinks. You could consider taking for them games to play while on the road. We have an article with some great ideas on making moving stress free for your kids.
6. Consider your pets as well. They will need to have their bowls for food and water so you could fill them as well, occasionally. Another option that you have is to leave them temporarily at a pet hotel for a day or two until you relocate and then take them back. Moving with pets is fun but you also need to think about their needs as well. The process of relocation itself may be stressful for them especially if you are going long distance to a different state.
7. Prepare your home before you leave. You will need cleaning materials to put your house or apartment in order, bags for the trash and cleaning equipment like a vacuum cleaner.
Here are some useful easy cleaning tips.
8. Food and drinks while on the road. Especially if you are relocating out of state with your car, it is certain that you will need to refresh yourself with a drink. Preparing sandwiches, getting some snacks, water and other drinks would be a good idea, plus plastic cups, plates and cutlery. Have some goodies to go on the road while you are moving.
The mentioned categories will have their corresponding intricacies which naturally have to be further labeled, simplified and secured to easy transfers and unpacking. This is where lots of help from your friends and family members will be quite appreciated.
To ensure that your friends remain, well, friends, there are two cardinal rules to keep in mind before the move:
1. Make the whole process as efficient and hassle-free as possible. It probably won’t be fun, but it doesn’t have to be backbreaking or traumatic either.
2. Make your gratitude clear. You don’t need to change your will or buy your pals Mini Coopers, but do make them feel good about participating.
So go ahead and get started! You’ll still have a few friends left after the move. We promise.
Before you move
- Don’t: Fold boxes closed to save tape. Your buds will be stuck balancing fragile boxes all day.
- Do: Label every box with a coordinating room for easy drop-off.
- Don’t: Pack a few big boxes with a ton of heavy stuff. You may end up with fewer boxes, but those boxes will be nearly impossible to carry. Why do this to people you purportedly like?
- Do: Use medium-size boxes. Experts say they are the best size for simpler moves. You can use a couple of big boxes for bulky but light things such as comforters and towels.
During your move
- Don’t: Overload your chums’ cars with boxes, saving your own for the little TLC leftovers. Nothing says “team spirit” like a four-car pileup because everyone in your convoy was attempting to check their rearview mirror and seeing only a tiny crack between stacks of boxes.
- Do: Pay for gas for every driver. Then go further: “Top off this gesture with a gas gift card they can use down the road,” says Tiffany Nielsen, etiquette coach and CEO of Premier Etiquette in Exeter, CA.
- Don’t: Keep promising pizza at the end of the day, like some kind of pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. This is (sorry) cheesy. And you might end up with a mutiny on your hands by 2 p.m.
- Do: “Throughout the move—beginning to end—provide good snacks and plenty of drinks,” Nielsen says. “Make sure to have plenty of [disposable] plates, utensils, napkins, and cups on hand.”
After your move
- Don’t: Finish the day by telling your friends they should rummage around the cooler for leftover snacks and half-warm sodas.
- Do: Deliver them some ice-cold beer, strong mojitos, Starbucks Frappuccinos, or whatever floats your (and their) boat. “When the work is done, deliver a grateful toast, sit back, and relax,” Nielsen says.
- Do: Take everyone out to a proper meal at a restaurant that doesn’t use paper plates but is casual enough for your somewhat rumpled crew. Order lots of apps!
These mentioned, thorough pointers should help you be more prepared on your upcoming transfer. By preparing all the required, categorized items on your essentials list and asking help from your friends, you’ll find it much more smoother to get your moving project going. For an even more efficient transfer, get in touch with an expert moving company. Wolley Movers has over 25 years of experience when it comes to moving the items of their residential and commercial clients. They have a professional and helpful approach to ensure the safest and most reliable transfer possible to and from Chicagoland.