Part 5: The Day of the Move

Wake up early, and have a good meal with your family at the table. This will be the last calm moment for awhile so make the most of it. If you have friends coming to help you make sure they have some coffee and juice and something to eat like bagels or doughnuts. Professional movers certainly don’t mind if you provide us coffee and bagels, too, but it’s critical if you have roped loved ones into helping you. After breakfast, make a plan of action and begin.

  • Remove the top of the kitchen/dining tables, and break down all other tables that are intended to come apart.
  • Disconnect the TV’s and Computers and pack the components in an organized manner if you have not already done so.
  • Pack bedding and break down all the beds.
  • Wash the dishes and pack the last items from the kitchen.
  • Empty the fridge into ice chests or “coolers,” depending on your regional dialect.
  • Pack up the last-minute items from the bathroom.
  • Separate the brooms, vacuums, and cleaning supplies you will need and set them aside.
  • Don’t schedule anything else for the time you’ll be moving. While it is tempting to get the new kitchen painted, the cable run, the lawn mowed, and the new sofa delivered all on the same day as your move (often the only day some people take off work), but this is beyond destructive. If you have hired movers you will be paying them to stand still while other trades are in their way. If you have friends helping you, they will be very frustrated, as will the contractors working in your new home.

A Few Last Thoughts and Tips on the Creating the Ultimate Moving Experience:Moving is tough. It can be made much worse by a lack of attention to detail. Keeping organized and giving yourself enough time are absolutely essential to having a good move. In my experience, the people that did these two things had great moves and even seemed to enjoy the process. Here are a few other tips from a pro to help make your move rock out loud, whether you do it yourself or hire some guys like us.

  • Be the leader. Be attentive. No matter if you hire movers or enlist friends, someone needs to know what is going on. If your items are coming off the truck at the new home, be there to explain where you would like them.
  • If you are doing the move with non-professional movers (friends and family) you are in charge of safety. That means talking things out before picking them up, slowing people down, spotting corners and encouraging safe practices. Be kind and grateful to your helping hands but make sure they are lifting properly.
  • Nothing you own is worth more than the health and safety of another person.
  • Pro-Movers will not touch certain things. Namely things that can explode, poison, or ignite. Don’t fight them on this. Move your own propane and ammunition. It is the law.
  • Some things are just fixtures. Murphy Beds for one. If you plan on moving one, realize it is a built in fixture and must be completely dismantled or else it will fall apart in transit. I speak from experience. Some things are meant to stay put where they are.
  • If you have a piano, I strongly recommend hiring a professional. If your piano is a baby grand or a tall upright, hire some strong guys with the equipment and know-how. I won’t move a piano with any less than 3 pro movers. Period.
  • Get rid of it before the move! There are so many options available to donate unwanted goods and furnishings. Get rid of it, get the tax write-off, and give someone something useful.
  • Have fun. Moving doesn’t have to be terrible. If you are ready and can keep your cool, you can enjoy the work and roll with the punches. Working very hard with people can be a bonding experience. Make sure no one gets hurt and don’t let tempers flare. Have a laugh about some of your silly old junk. It’s healthy.
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