Here’s a new guest post from Suzie Wilson, author of The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House.
Five Ways to Avoid Moving Day Mishaps
It seems impossible to associate moving day with anything other than stress. However, if you plan and prepare, you may avoid much of the distress and headaches that are typically involved. Here is a list of five things you can do to make the day easier for everyone.
When to Move
According to Angie’s List, “When it comes down to it, the highest moving volume occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the United States. According to simple laws of supply and demand, moving rates cost more during this time.” Spring and fall are ideal times to move, but it’s important that you make sure to avoid holidays. Try to plan your move for a weekday, as rental companies also increase their fees on weekends, again, due to an increased demand. Think also of the climate in the area you live and are moving to. While random bursts of rain or wind can be unavoidable, it’s important to consider when storms are more likely and major inclement weather can pose a problem.
Plan Your Route
This is incredibly important. The route you take in a household car may be different than the one you must take in a moving truck. Remember, there can be weight and height restrictions, and you need to plan ahead for these. It’s also a good idea to make sure that there will be minimal or no roadwork being done on your route on the day of the move because this can add hours to your journey. If you have children or pets, it’s also prudent to determine where the best rest stops will be so you can factor in restroom breaks for your expedition.
How to Load a Truck
The last thing you need on moving day is damage to your belongings. One way to best ensure that your goods will be treated well is to hire a moving company. However, if you decide to tackle the job yourself, there are things you should know. Don’t rent the smallest van because it is the cheapest. Get a larger-sized vehicle so you don’t have to worry about overloading. Be absolutely sure to tie down large objects, especially if you have an open-bed truck. Wind and gravity have a way of wreaking havoc on bulky items that are left untied. If you have a covered truck, load your heaviest items first. It will help to stabilize the vehicle as you drive. Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier ones to avoid crushing your goods or having them topple and cause injury.
One of the major causes of injury during moving is not having enough help. Don’t overextend yourself and don’t lift things that are too heavy with only one or two people. Ask reliable friends (make sure to at least buy them lunch) or hire movers to help with the overall process. Get moving equipment, like a dolly and moving pads, to help you maneuver heavy items. Dress comfortably but beware of loose clothing that can easily get caught on corners or handles. Utilize proper lifting techniques when tackling boxes by using your legs and not your back. Drink water throughout the day and take breaks when you and those working with you need them.
Pack an Overnight Kit
At the end of a long, hard day, the last thing you will want to do is unpack. Leave that for another day when you’ve recovered. If you haven’t packed yourself an overnight kit, you may spend hours looking for things you need. Make sure you have your toothbrush, shower gear, and clothes for the next day but also sheets and breakfast items. It will take only a small amount of effort and extra planning to ensure that you have a smooth night and morning after the big move.
Moving does not have to be a nightmare. If you plan thoroughly, you can take a lot of the stress out of the big day. Give yourself plenty of time and use whatever help is available to you. With the right planning and preparation, you will be well on your way to enjoying your new home.