Moving Day Guide and Checklist

With MOVEmber just behind us and the end of the year rushing in, many of you will be moving home for new jobs, new schools, or just new horizons.Elaine Chetty of Seeff Richards Bay offers a handy guide and checklist to make your move easier and less stressful.

Knowing what you need to get done - and in what order - will help to put your mind at ease when the big moving day arrives. Here is a moving day checklist to guide you through the process. Many of the items can be done ahead, so do yourself a favour and get organised in advance. Come moving day, you will be ready to handle the whole ordeal, without worry or distraction.

Clearly mark and set aside items you don't want loaded

This will remind you to tell the driver what not to load as you conduct your pre-load walk-through. Make sure your important paperwork pertaining to the move doesn't get packed and shipped with your household goods.

Prepare with the children

Have the kids pack a box of their ‘special' items, things they'll want to have nearby as soon as you arrive at your new home. You might also consider allowing your child to help fill the box of special items to make them feel like they are part of the move. Point this box out to the driver so that it's one of the first to be unloaded.

Dump trash and flammable items

Eliminate as much trash as you can before moving day. Last-minute garbage will inevitably build up the day prior to and the day of loading. Try making a deal with a neighbour to use their trash container for your last-minute debris.

Many items that are considered flammable are not going to be loaded by the driver and crew. Understand what these items are so that you are not stuck trying to get rid of them at loading time. If you are uncertain what items can't be loaded, ask your mover for a list. Because movers can't transport most household cleaners, they will be available for you to use throughout the day. Also, remember to remove items from inaccessible areas like crawl spaces or attics.

Clear a path to success

Make it safe and easy for you and your movers to get in and out of your house by removing all obstructions.  Move potted plants and planters from the front porch, walkways and driveways.  Remove all door and floor mats, and rugs. Remove low-hanging items such as wind chimes or hanging plants.  Disconnect the spring on the screen door so that it stays open during the loading process. Whether or not the moving company packed for you, clear a safe walkway for moving to and from the moving truck.

Point out special items

Set these items aside the day before the move. Then, once the mover arrives, point out items that are most special to you during the walk-through. All your items will be handled professionally, but take a moment to show them which need the most special care. Also, point out the boxes you would like to have unloaded first, if they are not going into storage. These boxes may include kitchen and bathroom items or your children's toys.

Take care of your driver and crew members

Consider the needs of your driver and crew members. It is not necessary to prepare an elaborate meal - run out and get some breakfast rolls or biscuits and order pizza for lunch. It is a nice gesture and will be warmly received.

Keep water and cool drinks on hand for yourself and the crew. On hot summer days provide Energade or some type of sports drink. These men work hard handling your most important possessions. A cool drink can really help. Advise the driver and crew where to locate the drinks and food so that they do not have to ask each time. Also advise the driver and crew which restroom you want them to use.

Decide on tipping

Should you? It is completely up to you. Many individuals do tip the driver and let the driver decide what portion is appropriate to distribute to the crew. You decide!

Prep your movers

Make sure you understand all the paperwork before the driver departs for your new home. If there is something that is confusing to you, ask your driver to explain it before you sign it.

Provide the driver with your destination contact information. Take down any information the driver can provide, such as their cell phone number and manager's contact numbers. Ask the driver if your goods are the last they will be loading. This will give you an indication as to when they will be departing for your new home. Ask the driver about his/her plans for delivering your items. Find out as many details as you can prior to the driver leaving your residence.

Make one final sweep

Take one last sweep of the house before the driver leaves. Look through all closets and shelves, the garage, the attic, the crawl space, your storage unit, under the stairs, on the walls and any other place things may be hiding. You do not want to find out, after the driver has left, that something was left behind.

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