By JONATHAN NEAL
Moving is consistently identified as one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, but moving into your new home should be a wonderful and exciting experience. With careful planning and professional help, the task can be much less daunting and you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying your new home.
Plan your move carefully and well ahead of time. Depending on the amount of items you need to move, you may require weeks or months to plan. Call a reputable moving company as soon as you decide that you are moving and ask for a consultation.
Pack your least essential items first and the most essential items last. Fill a box with moving day essentials like paper plates, medicine, paper towels, toiletries, all documents related to settlement and closing of homes, checkbooks and a list that includes your movers’ contact information, in case of emergency.
Draw up a floor plan for where items will all go in the new home, so that the movers know exactly where all the furniture should be placed. This will save you time and money, and help you to avoid injury or item damage, when the heavy-lifters are gone! Also, label all your boxes so your movers know where to unload your personal items.
Call your moving company in advance to find out their protocol for inclement weather conditions. If you see that the local weather forecast is calling for severe weather, call your moving company to inquire about the possibility of rescheduling your move. If weather conditions are poor, but still feasible to move in, be sure to remove any snow, ice or debris from your driveway and loading area in advance of the movers’ arrival.
If you are in an area where there is no proper driveway for moving trucks, make sure you have reserved the appropriate “No Parking” signs. To secure the signs, you must call your local police precinct — by calling them on a non-emergency line — at least 72 hours in advance of move day.
If you are moving into or out of a condominium or apartment building with elevator access, you may need to reserve use of the elevator for a block of time on moving day. Typically, buildings have a 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot and 1-5 p.m. slot open, for such uses. Check with your condominium or apartment building to see if there are any blackout days where moves are not allowed.
Disconnect electronics at least three hours prior to moving day. Take pictures so you will remember where the wires are when you move into your new place.
Unplug, defrost and dry out your refrigerators and freezers at least 24 hours before the move day. Additionally, avoid packing liquids if the temperature outside is freezing or below; liquids can expand, explode and ruin other items you’ve packed.
Dispose of or donate unnecessary items before you move, so that you will not have to pay to have items that you will not need, boxed or brought to your new home.
Moving can be stressful, but with good planning and the support of a skilled and professional moving team, you can easily make sure your move is a smooth, stress-free experience.
Jonathan M. Neal is president and CEO of Metropolitan Moving and Storage, Inc., headquartered in Rockville, Md.