The prospect of moving to a new home can be both thrilling and overwhelming.

Even after you’ve done the work of hiring a mover, contacting the utility company and changing your magazine subscriptions, you must endure the actual day, when the truck pulls up and all your earthly belongings are loaded into it. Breathe deeply and follow these tips to ensure your moving day goes off without a hitch.

Fuel up, get ready

Even if you’ve hired professionals to handle the heavy lifting, moving can be arduous. Face the day well rested. Eat a healthy breakfast and — regardless of the weather — be sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Wear clothes that are comfortable; this is not the day for high heels or high fashion.

Clear the way

You don’t want the moving truck to have to circle the block looking for parking. Many cities will give you a permit to block off a parking spot in front of your home (the process varies by city, so check with local officials). If there’s no official means of blocking space for the truck, talk to neighbors or try to hold the spot by parking your own cars there.

Do a double check

Before your movers arrive, make one extra trip through your house to make certain everything is packed and ready to be moved. Are closets empty? Did you pack the wine rack that sits atop your kitchen cabinets and the comic book collection under your bed? This is also the time to set your own personal bag or box aside — these are the items you’ll need during the move and for the day or so afterward, just in case the moving truck is delayed. Lastly, get rid of clutter that might get in the way of your movers. Movers will move everything they encounter — including your garbage. Toss the trash before they arrive.

Make arrangements for children and pets

Hire a sitter to watch your children, preferably off-site. Pets need to be put in a room where they will not be in the way of the loading process; even better, board them. This alleviates stress for your kids and pets, and you’ll feel better knowing they are somewhere safe so you can focus on the move.

Be there

Sure, the pros will handle the majority of the move, but you’d be wise to be at your old home until all items have been moved out. Questions always arise, and who is better qualified than you to know if anything has been left behind? As the movers near completion, look around the house one more time for items you may have forgotten.

Pay up

Prior to moving day, you’ll need to find out how and when the moving company expects to be paid. Many movers operate on a cash-on-delivery basis while others take credit card payments. If your company is paying for the move, make certain that paperwork is complete. If you’re relying on family and friends to move you, you’ll need to pay up in a whole different way — be sure to ply your volunteers with plenty of food and drink.

Come clean

After the movers pull out, you need to do a final cleaning. Make sure you have all the supplies — mops, brooms, cleansers — you need. Even better: hire professional cleaners to come in and do the work for you.



About the Author

Mary was a newspaper writer/editor for 13 years and worked as spokesperson for a Fortune 500 Company before becoming a freelance writer. She has authored more than two dozen books for young readers and writes for a handful of regional home and garden magazines.

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