Moving Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts for Moving Day

Here are some tips to help you have a smoother moving day

The most rewarding part of moving day is getting settled in your new home. It’s finally time to get settled after days of packing and planning.

Although the moving day is a collaborative effort, it’s important to consider how moving etiquette helps the entire process go smoothly. Observing these guidelines will make moving day less stressful, whether using professional movers or hiring friends.
You can take these steps to keep everyone happy and your day moving smoothly during your move.


Prepare everything for departure by packing everything and having it ready

It would help if you had your belongings packaged, labeled, and ready to load your moving truck on the day of your move. Your movers can begin working immediately upon arrival if you complete most of the packing in advance. It may be necessary to pack some toiletries and linens the morning of the move, but you should do most packing in advance.

Clearly label your packages and pack them neatly

Check your belongings with your movers before they arrive to ensure they are all securely packed and stored in easy-to-transport containers.

You should also label boxes clearly to make things easier. Label each box with a marker with the room it is going into and information about what is in it (for example, books, toys, canned goods). If you’re moving into a new home, make sure that signage with this information is placed in the right room so moving in will be easier.

Prepare an inventory list with boxes and furniture for yourself or someone else to review as you move items from your old home to your new one when moving out.
Do not put sharp or fragile items in containers that are not marked.

Separate prohibited items from sensitive items

The movers will either not be able to handle certain items, such as hazardous materials, alcohol, combustibles, and plants and pets. Before your movers arrive, make sure you keep your prohibited items out of the way.

Ask your moving company in advance for a list of prohibited items. Remove sensitive items – medications, personal documents, jewelry, and other valuables – and place a “do not move” sign next to the pile.

Prepare your arrangements in advance.

Don’t let your movers wait for you when you’ve completed these administrative tasks.
Before you have your movers arrive, shovel, and salt the sidewalks and pathways if it is cold and snowy.

Arrange for Your Pets and Children

The move will be exciting for you and your movers for several reasons. If you have children and pets, it will make moving much easier if they’re not underfoot during the process. Have a family member or sitter watch over your children and pets.

Ensure you have a sturdy crate ready if your pets accompany you when you move. If you don’t want to have to search the neighborhood on moving day for a lost pet, keep them confined. All of your pets should stay confined during the moving process to protect yourself and your movers.

Stay Organized

Your movers will find it easier to pack the truck for quick and easy unloading if you organize the boxes by room at your new home. Organized boxes help make packing simple and efficient.

To avoid your movers juggling boxes to figure out where you want them, make sure each box is securely closed and clearly labeled. If your movers are not bringing protective supplies, attach furniture pads to all items that could get scratched or damaged.


Don’t overstuff your boxes

Keep an eye on how items are arranged in boxes when you begin packing. It is important not to overfill or over load any box, since this can cause damage to the items, as well as make the heavy lifting of the move much more difficult. Instead of combining heavy items such as books in a large box, pack them in small boxes. If you’re packing valuables or breakables, place plenty of padding around them and leave plenty of room around them. In order to prevent anything from moving around, fill any gaps with crumpled packaging paper, packing peanuts, or air-filled plastic padding.

Don’t stay up all night before moving day

Having to move to your new home will be one of the most tiring aspects of your life. The day you actually set out to move will be one of the most tiring parts since you will have to lift and haul a lot of items.

You will need to make sure that you go to bed early the night before you move-you will need every ounce of energy you can muster. Don’t stay up late if you still need time to finish up before you move-go to bed early and wake up early.

As a result, you will have time to finish up the last minute tasks, while getting the sleep you need to get through the next day.

Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to unpack everything right away

It isn’t a rule you have to have everything unpacked at the same time. Although it’s nice to have your house fully set up, there’s no deadline to unpack by.

You should live out of boxes as soon as you can, but if you try to unpack too much too fast you’ll be exhausted. There’s no deadline for when you should be unpacked.

Take some time to unpack as you can, as you don’t want to stay out of boxes for too long. Make small progresses, not only for unpacking procrastination, but also for regular progress.

The first move can actually be quite positive if you plan ahead and approach it with the right attitude. Sure, at some point you may resent the process, but at least you will have a handle on everything that needs to be done.

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