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Advice for moving day

The day you move is a day that you will never forget.  It is an extremely exciting day when you start on a new adventure and prepare to put down roots somewhere completely new.  Even your old pictures and items of furniture seem fresh and new when put in a different environment; however, the day of the move can also be a very overwhelming experience, with lots and lots of things to do, and you desperately want everything to go as smoothly as it possibly can.  Whether you are moving yourself with the help of friends and members of your family or have hired the services of a professional moving company, there are still a number of things that you can do to make sure moving day turns out well.

One good tip is to be sure to draw up a floor plan of your new home.  Doing this before you move will save you a lot of time and will also remove of a lot of the potential for confusion on the actual day of the move.  You should sketch in and number your items of furniture to show where you would like them to be placed in each room and then tag the items of furniture so that they match the numbers you have drawn on the floor plan.  This will let your movers know where these items need to be placed and it is much better to have these decisions made ahead of time to avoid delays.

It is also a good idea to make sure that you are present when your items are packed and when they are picked up by your professional moving company.  If this is not possible for various reasons, such as work, you should try to get a friend or relative to stand in for you and supervise.  The moving company will issue you with an inventory list that you should carefully check over and ensure that it is legible and accurate before putting your signature to it.  If any of your items are damaged or lost in transit, you do not want to discover later that these were not included in the inventory.

If you have decided not to hire the services of a professional moving company and instead rely on friends and members of your family for assistance, you need to make sure that everything is as organized and easy for them as it can be.  You should not expect your helpers to go around packing boxes for you; all boxes should be packed up before your helpers get there, meaning that they just have to pick up the boxes and take them to the method of transport you have arranged.  It can even be a good idea to make a decision ahead of time about which friends or family members should assist with which boxes or items of furniture.  Make sure there are plenty of snacks and drinks on hand to show your appreciation for their help.

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