Whether you moved yourself in a truck or trailer, or you’re waiting for the moving van to arrive, start planning the best way to unload and move in. You’ll need to figure where to park your personal vehicles and moving vehicles. Also prepare the house for moving in. And be a good host/hostess to your moving crew: paid or volunteer.
Where should you park your car and any moving vehicles? Two choices, depending on function:
- Out of the way
- In the way
If your personal vehicle has stuff in it that needs to be out of the way (critters) or stuff for moving in (cleaning supplies), park near the door. The same goes for your trailer or rental truck: park as near the main door as possible. Once empty, park it out of the way—even down the block—where it won’t obstruct larger moving vehicles. If you have helpers, ask them to park out of the way so that the moving vehicle has lots of room to maneuver. If you’re using a rental truck or trailer, decide which door will be used to bring in most of your stuff. Then take your time to figure the best place to park the vehicle for unloading. If a moving van is doing the work, make sure your vehicles are parked out of the way. The movers will take care of the rest.
A destination agent is agent at the destination who will assist you or the van operator. An extra charge that is added if a shipment must be either picked up or delivered with the use of an elevator or stairs is called an elevator carry. Or would you rather lug it up six flights yourself?
Maybe you drove the truck and everything is now sitting out in the driveway. Or maybe the moving company van will arrive tomorrow. In either case, you might as well do some cleaning before anything is moved in. If you find out that the house needs more than just light cleaning, consider making arrangements to store your belongings temporarily and stay in a motel while you clean, or hire someone to clean. With some luck, your good planning will make this measure unnecessary.
Get everyone involved in the cleaning chores. Even small children can sweep decks and sidewalks and perform other simple tasks. They’ll be busy, and out of the way, and feel more like it’s their home if they help. Because the house is empty, cleaning it should go quickly. If you have the budget, consider hiring a local cleaning firm in advance. They can come in before you arrive and wash walls and other surfaces, scour bathrooms and kitchen, vacuum and shampoo carpets, and scrub other floor surfaces. Get an estimate. It might not be as costly as you think, and it certainly will simplify your move.
Temporary storage of your shipment at the moving company’s warehouse is called Storage in Transit, which is not to be confused with Storage in Limbo.
You and your cleaning helpers have spent an hour or a day cleaning the new house; don’t let your moving crew track up your clean floor or carpet with dirty footprints. Put down clear carpet or paper runners in areas where there will be lots of foot traffic. If you’re using a professional moving service, the workers will probably roll out paper runners before starting.
Be a good host/hostess in your new home. Offer your workers light refreshments—at least beverages. Even moving company employees might appreciate a drink of cold water, soda, or lemonade, and a cookie or doughnut.