Moving Day

By the time you get up on the morning of moving day, all your boxes should be packed (unless your mover will be doing it) and nearly everything should be ready to carry out of the house and load onto the truck. You've arranged for utilities to be shut off. You've cleaned and defrosted the refrigerator. You've arranged for a friend (if any) to watch the dog (if any) or the baby (if any).

Here are some good tips:

  • Eat a good breakfast and make sure that everyone else does too. Better yet, take the family out to eat. A good breakfast will energize everyone for the tasks to come. (And no one will have to clean up.)

  • Strip all your beds of linen.

  • Send the dog and young children off with a hug and a kiss and reassurance that you will pick them up by dinner time or by bedtime.

  • Older children can help, whether you are moving yourselves or having a moving company do the job.

If you have a moving company doing the loading, your job for the day is supervising and answering questions from the movers. They will do all the heavy work, unless you have made an arrangement with the moving company to help load to keep costs down. Also, be sure anything that does not go to the new house is either already out of the way or clearly marked.

Beware: Moving company packers will move everything. They have even been known to carefully package up trash, since their job is to pack, not to sort or decide what goes and what stays. Make sure anything not to be moved is clearly marked and separated from items to be moved.

Moving Words

The agent who accepts your order for shipping and registers it with the van line is called the booking agent.

Twiddling thumbs will get you through the day, but it won't keep you from fretting. Keep yourself busy as a sidewalk supervisor.

Stay with the moving van driver as he makes an inventory of your possessions. Make notes on the inventory about the condition of any items (in the event some of them arrive in less-than-perfect condition). Be sure to read the bill of lading carefully before you sign it; it is the contract between you and the moving company. Put the bill of lading with your other valuable papers. You need to keep it until your possessions are delivered and the bill paid. If there is any dispute, the annotated bill of lading will be needed for settlement.

Be sure the driver has correct and complete directions to your new home. He or she should also have a telephone number to contact you, should there be any problem en route. If you will be on the road, give a number where someone will have your travel itinerary and be able to reach you. The moving company office should have this information also. Confirm with the driver the date and time of delivery of your goods to your new house.

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