When you think about moving, the first thoughts that come to mind may be of a daunting and stressful experience. There are a lot of working parts to a move which need to come together in perfect unison in order to have a successful event. It helps to be as prepared as possible. One of the ways to ensure an easier transition is to keep a valuable resource on hand to refer to as a checklist of sorts. Let’s look at seven methods you can use to overcome moving mishaps.
Research Moving Companies
For the first time mover or even an experienced veteran, being scammed by moving companies is a real possibility. A distrustful moving company is one that will not have the proper moving licenses and insurance to protect your items. They may damage your belongings and potentially steal them. So in order to avoid this, the first question you should ask is to see their moving license and insurance documentation.
Hire a Babysitter
If you are moving with small children, the process can be impeded by frequently stopping to attend them. The best thing you can do to overcome this potential moving mishap is hiring a babysitter to be with your children to free you up. This way, your kids will be entertained by someone trusted so you can have a successful packing and moving experience.
Protect the Floors
It is easy to want to push a box or a piece of furniture across the floor, but this is a mishap that may lead to costly scratches. You will have to replace or repair the damage for the person who bought your old home or pay it to your old landlord. You also do not want damage to the flooring in your new home. An effective method to overcome this mishap is to place blankets under the boxes or furniture so no scratches will occur. Another method involves using dollies to lift heavier items. These usually have rubber wheels designed to leave no traces.
Avoid Damaging Furniture
Whether you are upscaling or downscaling, you will have some larger furniture items that will need to be moved. These items can include bed frames, couches, bookshelves, desks, and many others. If you are not careful, they can be damaged at some point during the moving process. In order to avoid damaged furniture, you can disassemble the larger pieces as much as possible and use blankets or bubble wrap to protect the edges or legs. You should also move larger items with helpful equipment such as dollies and tie-downs.
Inform your New Neighbors
Telling your new neighbors when the moving truck is expected to arrive will help you to overcome a moving mishap at your new home. This will be beneficial to all parties involved because large moving trucks can sometimes block other driveways, which will make for unhappy neighbors. Another tip to overcoming this moving mishap is to speak with the movers ahead of time and let them know the best place to park the moving truck to avoid issues.
Remember Moving Day Essentials
The actual moving day can be hectic if the necessary preparation is not made ahead of time. For many people moving, sleeping in your own bed or having a put-together bathroom is not a reality. You may have to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights if the movers are coming across country with all of your essentials. The most effective way to avoid this is to prepare an overnight bag in advance. You should pack a few days worth of clothing, toiletries, essential paperwork, a phone charger, your wallet, and anything else you may need to access during the first few days upon your arrival to your new home.
Turn on the Utilities
You will want to turn on the utilities in your new home before you get there. You will have lighting, water, and air conditioning/heating already in your new home. You can also have cable and internet ready the day before your furniture arrives, giving them easy access to outlets and laying wires without having to navigate behind bookshelves and furniture.
When you are getting ready to move, you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. Watford Moving & Storage can help you achieve this goal. We are located in Santa Clarita and other Los Angeles County areas. We employ only reliable, vetted employees and movers who truly care about your items and making your move as stress-free as possible. Our aim is to aid in your moving process so you can have the best experience during your move. Contact us today for a quote.