PRE-PACK SMALL ITEMS
Keep small items tidy – put them in the box so that they don’t get lost or scattered during transportation. Wrap breakable staff before putting them into boxes. Boxes for packing better to be the same size. It's easier and faster to load the truck. Label the boxes. Actually, any souvenirs, small decorations, desk organizers and a number of other bric-a-brac will only delay your movers. Pack them yourself even if you have hired professional packers.
Keep the items that your movers should not pack and load on the moving truck separately.
Valuables – heirlooms, jewelry, artwork, collector items;
Small electronic devices of crucial importance –laptop, phone, camera, tablet.
RESERVE PARKING LOT FOR MOVING TRUCK
Reserving parking is key as a distant spot means we have to carry items farther than necessary and this can add significant time and expense. A lot of clients underestimate this, but most of the moving is just hauling possessions to/from the truck! If the truck is twice as far away, it will, therefore, extend the move commensurately.
In some urban areas, you may need to block part of the street near or in front of your new building for the moving truck. By contacting your local municipality or police precinct at least a week prior to the move, you can secure a parking permit, which must be posted 72 hours in advance of the move date to be enforced.
For long-distance moves, in particular, reserving the loading dock is essential. Interstate moves typically involve a tractor-trailer, and the mover will require access to the loading dock for such a large truck.
RESERVE THE ELEVATOR
If your building has multiple elevators, contact your building manager at least two weeks in advance of your move to reserve it for a specific time frame on move day. If your building doesn’t have multiple elevators, ask your building manager if you can use the service elevator. Plan your move on a weekday when there are less people using the elevators, in the hallways, and less cars in the parking lot. Get your elevator reservation in writing. Ask for access to the building for moving company.
MIND THE WEATHER
Take precautionary measures according to the current atmospheric conditions – put on appropriate clothes, make sure your children and pets are inside on cold or rainy days, cover the floors from mud and dirt, cover all your belongings in plastic wrap to keep them from getting wet, etc.
PLAN FOR KIDS & PETS
It is recommended to leave your children and pets with a relative or a close friend until all the moving procedures in your old property are over. Away from all the tension and the chaos, they will be safe and you will be able to concentrate on the urgent matters at hand.
MAINTAIN A SENSE OF HUMOR
Adopt a positive approach and find a way around unexpected problems. A friendly comment will help reduce the tension and if you don’t allow stress to build up, your relocation experience will be nothing short of gratifying success.