“Organization is the key to having a great moving experience,”
says Charlie Morse, General Manager of Ward North American
Van Lines. “Any move is stressful, but being prepared makes all
the difference in whether you look back later on your move as
a wonderful introduction to your new home, or as a very traumatic time.” Morse says that the best moves are the ones that
are planned well in advance before moving day. Using an experienced, professional moving
service can help you maximize
the most of your time, and alleviate your moving anxieties by
helping you anticipate potentially tricky situations.
In addition to their expert
packing services, professional
moving companies often offer
additional care protection
up front before the big move.
“Check with your homeowner’s
policy to make sure your items
are covered in case something
unforeseen happens,” advises Morse. “If they aren’t, you can
often buy additional coverage from your insurance company,
or moving insurance from us. That way, your goods are insured
against anything that could happen during transit – including
road accidents, tornadoes, lightning and even van fires.”
Remember that a packer’s job is to do exactly that: pack. “The
packing team doesn’t pick and choose what goes, they just pack
everything,” explains Morse. “They don’t have any bias on
what you want to take or not. Often when people do their own
packing, they spend valuable time thinking, ‘Do I need this or
not?’ It takes our people less time because they don’t worry
about that. So, unless you tell them otherwise, everything goes.
As a result of the “everything goes” philosophy of packing, be
sure to keep your personal items that you want to take with you
on your trip in a “safety zone.” Tell the packers and the movers
that these items are going with you, and not to pack them.
As for making sure your possessions arrive on time, Morse
says worried relocators should relax. “Many of our trucks are
equipped with GPS tracking systems, so all they have to do is
plug in your new address and they’ll find you. And, the driver
will give you his phone number so you can keep in touch with
him in transit along the journey. We do our best to get your
possessions from Point A to Point B safely.”
ON YOUR MARK:
A FEW WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Get Rid of It: Once you’ve decided to go for it, make a major
purge of all your unnecessary goods and possessions. Have a
yard sale, donate your unwanted items for a tax write-off, adver-
tise them in the newspaper or on Craigslist.com. Getting rid of
extra things you don’t need makes for a cleaner move, and drops
the shipping weight and bulk.
Meet and Greet: If you’re using a moving company, an agent
will meet with you at your home and conduct a survey of the
items you want to move to
your new home. Some of the
points your moving agent will
review with you include the
items you want to move and
the items you will leave behind,
items that will go into storage,
care and handling of items of
exceptional value, and items
that will need to be disassembled because of size or access
out of your residence.
GET SET: A FEW DAYS
BEFORE YOU MOVE
Big Ticket Items: Disconnect, defrost and clean refrigerators and freezers, empty the evaporation pan and drain the
water reservoir of the automatic icemaker. Leave the door
of your fridge, freezer or washing machine open at least
24 hours before loading to allow all moisture to evaporate.
Make sure that your stove has been cleaned, and all pots
and pans have been removed.
Electric Boogaloo: Electronic equipment requires a little extra
tender loving care. If possible, pack your electronics in their original cartons and packing material. If not available, make sure your
mover provides professional packing materials. Disconnect your
wiring and code it with colored tape to make reinstallation easier
at your new location. Back up important files on your computer’s
hard drive, and if it has a CD-ROM drive, make sure it’s disc-free.
Precious Car Go! If your moving company is transporting
your vehicle, make sure your car has no obvious fluid
leaks, and secure your battery in the mounting bracket.
Have your car cleaned so that movers can perform a valid
quality inspection on moving day (a dirty car might limit
your ability to file a claim on major damage). Make sure
that your gas tank has at least 1/8 tank of fuel, and disconnect, disable or turn off all alarm systems. Remove all
non-permanent luggage racks, bike racks or ski racks on the
exterior of your car, and take out any personal items from
your car’s interior. And last, but certainly not least, have an
extra set of car keys and alarm remote ready to hand over
to the moving team, as well as a working phone number
where you may be contacted.
Organization is the key
to having a great moving
experience... Any move is
stressful, but being prepared
makes all the difference.