Before the movers can deliver your items, a few things will need to be prepared. Firstly, ensure the moving company has all the correct information, delivery address, and contact numbers. It is best that you’re home for the unloading of your items, however, if this is not possible, have someone there who can accept the delivery. Inform the moving company.
You will need to make sure ahead of time that the moving truck can park without any problems. Obtain parking permits if needed. The closer the moving truck is to your home, the easier and quicker unloading will be. It will also lessen the chance of any additional charges, such as long carry. If you live in a building with an elevator, it might need to be reserved. Speak with the building manager to ensure the elevator will be available for your use on the delivery date.
If small children and babies will be present on the day of delivery, it is advised to have a babysitter to watch and keep them out of the way of the delivery crew. This will prevent any accidents and allow you to focus on your delivery. Older children often like to be involved, there are plenty of little jobs to keep them occupied.
Many moving companies provide unpacking services. If you would like to add this to your estimate, make sure you do so prior to delivery day.
Your long distance move is almost complete. The only thing remaining is to unpack your belongings in your new home.
First, check inventory to make sure everything has arrived. Once it is confirmed you have all your boxes and furniture, start by unpacking some essentials. If you prepared a first day essentials box, locate this. It should have the basics for you and your family while you organize the rest of your stuff.
It is best to unpack the kitchen and bedrooms first. This way you and your family have a place to eat and sleep, allowing you to continue your daily routines, such as work, school, etc. while you unpack the rest of your home. Once you have these basics in place, create an unpacking plan. If you have children, their stuff should be unpacked after the basics, this way they can be surrounded by their belongings, which will create a sense of familiarity. If you have the space, use one room for all the boxes, you can then unpack them, as you need them. Alternatively, place boxes in the corresponding rooms. Ideally, each box will be labeled clearly.
Next step is to decide where you want to place your large pieces of furniture and make your new home, feel like home. If you’re feeling creative, sketch a rough floor plan and draw a layout of where you would like your furniture placed. This will save you time and energy when it comes to lifting and moving any heavy pieces.
Screening Moving Companies
Moving home can often require having to hire a professional moving company to transport your belongings, either locally or across the country. Naturally, you want to be guaranteed that the company you hire will provide the best service possible.
To choose the right moving company for your move, it’s a good idea to screen any company you are considering. As the moving industry continues to grow, unfortunately, moving scams do occasionally happen. To avoid hiring a fraudulent moving company and being a victim of a scam, check each company thoroughly! Start by finding moving companies that service your area and are able to deliver to your new destination. Friends, family, coworkers or the Internet are good places to get recommendations.
Look at the website of each moving company for professionalism and services offered. Any reputable moving company will have their DOT number available. Check licensing and insurance of all the companies you are considering. Read customer reviews and check company ratings with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Once you have done your research, eliminate any company that is not satisfactory. Speaking with the moving companies you have shortlisted, and receiving written estimates is the next process in screening the moving companies you’re thinking of hiring. Ask as many questions as needed to make sure you understand was your move involves.