Making Your Long Distance Move A Little Easier

Posted on: 19 December 2014

You're making a big move, and you're fortunate enough to have long distance movers to do the (literal) heavy lifting. But that doesn't mean there is nothing for you to do. There are plenty of steps you can take throughout the moving process to make sure it all goes as smoothly as possible.

Before the movers arrive

There are a few things you are going to want to take care of before the movers ever get to you. These include the following:

  • Purging – Get rid of things you don't use anymore, such as clothes that don't fit or appliances you haven't used in years. There's no reason to move them if you don't need them.
  • Pack an "essentials" box – There will be things you will want and need in the middle of your move, such as changes of clothes, phone chargers, laptop, entertainment for the kids, maps, medicine, or anything else crucial you can think of. Put all those things aside in a box designated to stay with you so you aren't pawing through sealed boxes later on, looking for something you need. When your movers arrive, make sure they know that box doesn't go on the truck.
  • If you are packing your own boxes, be finished before your movers arrive. They shouldn't have to stand around waiting for you. It's a time waster and will start your moving schedule off on the wrong foot. 

At your old home

At point A of your move, it's a good idea to have some of the following things in place once the movers arrive:

  • A sitter for the kids and pets – For safety and so the mover's can do their job more efficiently, send the children to a friend's house while the movers are working. If possible, see if someone can take care of your cat or dog for that time as well. You don't want to have to worry about Fido being stepped on or Fluffy escaping right as you are ready to leave.
  • Drinks, snacks, and meals – A happy crew is an efficient crew. Bottled water is a good idea; if it's cold, consider providing some hot coffee. Keeping your crew fueled with snacks and meals will only benefit you in the end.
  • Printed directions ready for your movers – Yes, they likely have a GPS, but those aren't always foolproof. Providing them with a written copy of your address with directions is a great back-up plan. Make sure they have your phone number in case any issues arise.

At your new home

You're almost finished! At your new home you should:

  • Have someone waiting for the movers when they arrive so they can get in. 
  • Have a printed floor plan of your new place, so they can quickly assess what goes where.
  • Once again, keep kids and pets from being underfoot. 
  • Provide food and drinks.
  • Have any remaining payment ready. You don't want to keep the movers waiting while you run to the bank.

Having movers makes moving much easier, but using these tips will help make the process even smoother for you and for your moving crew.