Moving Planning in Maryland, Virginia & Washington DC

Plan Ahead

What time of the year or month are you moving? Are you planning your move accordingly? Summer time is by far the busiest moving season, and the 1st, the busiest moving time of the month. Do you need to move during one of these times? If so, you will want to plan accordingly, and make you arrangements well enough ahead of time to avoid the push.

When you contact your moving company, be sure to provide them with all the details of your move including dates and times, inventory, special accommodations etc. You will need to be as detailed as you possible can in order to receive as accurate an estimate from them as possible. Also, you will want to plan your work/school schedules accordingly. You don’t want to find yourself in the position of having to rush off somewhere the same night of your move. If time runs over, you don’t want to have to leave before the movers do.

Packing for Your Move

Plan your packing process. Utilizing a trained packer is an especially helpful idea if you want to plan a good move. If you want to have a mover do your packing, schedule packing with them for a day preceding your move. If you are packing yourself, be sure to start plenty in advance. Remember that while packing yourself might save money, moving companies will not usually accept liability for damage to items which they themselves have not packed. If you enlist your buddy to help you out, he might come cheap, but he’s not a trained professional, and if he breaks something, you can’t exactly ask him to pay to replace it.

Remember to be present while your items are being packed. Make your own inventory to compare with your mover’s. Ensure that any form you sign is legible and clearly written. If you are not clear on any wording make sure to clarify before you sign it.

What to do on Moving Day

  1. Be there when the movers arrive
  2. Make sure to fully review the contract and inventory list with your driver. Ensure that the drivers and movers are fully aware of any logistical details, and brief them on your plan.
  3. Have everything ready to be packed and moved onto the truck.
  4. Make sure you have fully read the Bill of Lading before you sign it.
  5. Keep in contact with the moving team, and make sure they know how to contact you in case the need arises.

Unloading/Unpacking

Plan your unloading process ahead of time. Be sure to know where you want things to go, and ensure that everyone else is aware of this. Review the items in the inventory as they come off of the truck, and be sure check them off of your inventory list. Direct the traffic flow, and make sure that you don’t stack yourself out of the room. If you can move the larger items such as furniture first, so as to avoid running out of space for them due to clutter. This will make your unloading much more efficient. When unpacking your items, have each person deal with one box at a time in one room at a time so as to avoid half-unpacked boxes. Move through each room systematically unpacking things in a logical order. For example, don’t start unpacking books before your bookcase has been reassembled and is in the right place. You don’t want to fill your bookcase with books only to realize that it is blocking the only telephone jack in the room.

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Moving can be a very stressful event when you don’t plan ahead, so don’t waste more time and get started planning your move