There is no way around it, moving is a pain in the butt. It doesn’t matter if you are up-grading or down sizing; moving to the other side of the block or moving across the county, it is a task that takes time and energy and without the proper amount of planning can be a complete nightmare.
I have done my share of moving in the past, between helping friends and family, friends and family helping me, I’ve even helped my boss move his machine shop business to a new location. So I know what it takes to make a successful move with the least amount of headaches as possible.
Here are my 6 tips to get the job done painlessly and efficiently:
Check The Weather
Not everyone gets to choose when they want to move. But weather can be a huge damper on a big moving day. Nothing can scare away your recruited help of friends and family more than unfavorable moving conditions. Extreme heat and freezing cold temps can make moving seem miserable and even worse rain or snow is dangerous and can make things even more miserable.
Again, you may not be able to choose when you have to move and you sure can’t tell Mother Nature how to perform for the day, but you can watch the weather channel. Choosing a day or days that look the most favorable can be a huge advantage to you and crew, nothing halts progress more than crappy weather.
The Garbage Can Be Your Friend
I’ve been there before, it’s tough to throw things out, but you have to be realistic, if you don’t use it or haven’t used it in a long time, you have to make the decision, is it worth dragging it along to the next location?
If you cut down on how much you are going to relocate, not only will it make it easier on you when it comes moving time, but you might also have an easier time recruiting help on moving day. A short easy move with only a few trips is a much easier sell than asking someone to help you with a mega move that could possible take up a whole weekend or maybe even more.
Make Sure You Have a Suitable Vehicle or Vehicles
Nothing worse than not having the proper tools for the job. Let’s face it, you’re not going to be able to put your living room set in a small sedan. Yes, you could depend on a friend if they have a larger vehicle, but I found the best way to go, is not depending on any single individual.
Renting a U-Haul is the best idea in this situation. Not only will you know for sure the truck will be available, but in most cases it will be much larger than the average truck. If one U-Haul truck can move the amount of 4 or 5 loads in one trip, that’s efficient progress. It will help make everyone’s life easier.
There is one more bonus about renting a U-Haul: Moving can put a lot of stress on a vehicle and most average vehicles aren’t made for hauling, so leave the hauling up to the big boys and let your vehicle take a rest.
Accommodate Your Help
Most friends don’t mind helping out, but if you’re not paying them you should think about what will keep them motivated helpers. Coffee and water are always a good ideal, some type of snacks are also a good ideal, not to mention expect to pay for lunch and possibly dinner. It doesn’t have to be five-star restaurant treatment, just something to show your appreciation.
If people have to leave to accommodate their hungry or thirst, they may disappear for an hour or more or even worse they may go MIA for the rest of the day, and a missing work doesn’t do you any good.
I also found having gloves for yourself and other people is a huge plus. Any store that has a hardware department will have reasonable priced gloves, you should be able to at least get five pairs in a pack for under five or six bucks.
Plan Out Your Move
It’s very tempting to just start throwing things in the truck or trailer and then empty it in the same non-organized way. But there is very few things in life that go smoothly and work efficiently without proper planing.
For instance, if you have a second floor in your new location, but you have to pass through your living room to get to the stairwell, you should wait and fill the living room up after you have moved everything upstairs. If not, you will be forced to move around more obstacles, and let’s face it, in the world of moving, fewer obstacles is always better.
The best thing to do is know the layout of your location, plan ahead and make sure the hardest rooms or the rooms that are furthest away from the entrance get done first. Trust me, you don’t want to try to move your 200lb dresser draw around a $2,500.00 flat screen television. It doesn’t take much to throw your back out or drop something on your toe going around and avoiding obstacles.
Rent or Purchase a Heavy Duty Dolly
This is important, again you need the proper tools for the job. There is certain things that you will need to move that need the help of a dolly. Refrigerators, washer and dryer, freezers, etc. are items that are usually quite heavy, have sharp edges and are hard to get a grip on. With out a dolly you could be running the risk of injury. Having the proper equipment just makes things easier.
Never under estimate the importance of planing out the move and having the proper equipment for the job. The easier you can make it on yourself, the sooner you will be relaxing comfortable in your new location.