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Managing the moving day

Published on Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Managing the moving dayWhen you are moving it feels like you are flooded with hundreds of different tasks and have to think about too many things. Being perfectly prepared for the relocation is not possible - things break, children damage items, pets go wild, neighbors complain. All of these problems can be avoided if you start plannng well ahead of time. Surviving the moving day is a hard task, but don't despair. If you are using the services of a moving company, you need to be prepared to do things with their speed, follow instructions and be ready to move withing a day. The first thing to do once you start packing and emptying rooms is to put your pets aside or confine them. Having strangers at your place can scare your pets and aggravate them. A barking dog won't help the movers much and can even cause damage to the boxes. Make sure you have enough refreshments and snacks before you start. If you are involving your friends and relatives they need to have strength to help as much as possible. Usually the moving day is so stressful that you have no time to worry about other people, but do not entirely neglect your neighbors. Even if you don't see them again, try to be nice. Move during the daytime, and don't start too early moving furniture and making noise. Try not to block the whole street with the truck and your boxes. If you need to throw away trash or other unwanted items, take the time to carry them to a bin and don't leave them on the sidewalk. After you take out all the things make sure you leave your house as clean as you would like to find a new home. Your movers will need your signature on a bill of lading and the list of inventory before they drive the truck to your new place. You have to be available at the house until they finish everything. If you are pleased with their work and they have been careful with your belonging, leave them tips. You have the choice to drive the rented truck or to meet the driver at the new place. Plan the route if you are driving- there are weight and size restrictions on the roads, which do not apply to cars, but vans are large and any obstructions on the road matter. When driving a rented truck there are a few driving tips you should follow. First of all, drive slower than normal, you are carrying your belongings so the safer you are the better. Second of all, when you carry a lot of weight it takes longer to stop the vehicle. Any sudden brakes may cause damage to your household goods. Do not follow other vehicles closely, allow enough space when turning too. Nobody likes following a truck so most drivers will try to pass you. Anticipate any movement and stay alert all the time. Try not to talk to anyone, and if you can, drive without your entire family. Stop for a rest as often as you need it, especially if you are driving a long distance. Every time you stop inpect the tyres, the lights and the boxes. If you have to meet the movers at your new place, you need to arrive before them - making them wait will cost you money. Try to coordinate everything before you depart. Some companies even offer internet tracking of your belongings. If you are flying check the schedule and make sure you will have enough time to get your luggage and travel to your new place, arriving before the moving truck. Give yourself time, not everything will happen by plan, but no relocation is perfect.
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