Get your life together - It’s time to move!
Before you start packing up your life, talk to building management at both your current and new location to get the skinny on the rules and restrictions for moving. Don't forget to confirm moving in/out times, Certificate of Insurance deadlines and requirements, parking permits, and building access. Also, consider what you want to move, donate, or store. Don't leave it until the last minute - plan a spring clean well in advance.
Don't get screwed: Choose a moving company wisely!
Choosing the right moving company is crucial. Don't just pick the lowest price. Look for a moving company near you that is fully insured, guarantees a flat fee/hourly rate, and is upfront about any additional fees. Ask questions like: Are you insured? Are my items insured and protected? Do you offer storage services? Do you offer plastic bin hire for packing? Are your movers screened and trained? Will I have one dedicated customer service contact throughout the process? Etc
Quote me happy - But don't forget the fine print!
Research and reach out to the highest-rated moving companies so you can compare your quote. Before signing any contracts, compare quotes from 2-5 moving companies. Look for a company that prioritizes safety and customer service (because, let's face it, you'll need some hand-holding).Make sure your quote clearly indicates all line item charges and any additional fees that could occur during your move. Don't be fooled by cheap quotes - they'll add fees throughout the move, leaving you with a negative experience. Look for a moving company with a culture based on safety and customer service. And Flexdolly is your best move.
Booked and ready to rock - let's get moving!
Once you've chosen the right movers and agreed on the service, proceed with your confirmation of a booked move. Fast-track these key steps: put any travel arrangements in place, notify children's schools, apply for leave from work, arrange pet transfer, line up daycare for your little ones (or pets) to avoid chaos on moving day, and let friends and family know.
Pack It Up, Pack It In - And don't forget your toothbrush!
Packing your household always takes longer than you think. Allocate more time than you expect, and aim to be finished well before moving day. Buy packing boxes, tape, and packing paper. Hire plastic bin boxes. Identify any fragile items that need custom crating. Give yourself enough time to decide what to keep, donate, or toss. Label everything and identify what you'll leave out for the final night and moving day to avoid searching through boxes for your toothbrush.
The final countdown - one week until lift off!
The week before the move is like the final stretch of a marathon - you're exhausted, but you can see the finish line. Confirm all your moving plans, finish packing, and ensure all boxes are labeled. Confirm arrangements with family or neighbors to care for young children or pets on moving day. Identify financial institutions, utilities, insurance, service providers, subscriptions, and delivery profiles that need to be updated. Pick up dry cleaning, items in storage, and clear any safe deposit boxes. Plan your moving day suitcase with necessities like cell phone chargers, toiletries, medication, and pet food. Double check anyone providing the new key or access to your new home will meet you at the estimated time of arrival. And last but not least, address minor home repairs.
Moving day madness - Old location edition
Wake up early, leave young children and pets with neighbors or carers during the loading process, pack final items in your suitcase, and store it somewhere separate and secure while your home is open. Allocate time for cleaning, keep your phone charged, and check whether you have funds to leave the moving crew a tip. Meet your movers, do a final walk-through of the inventory and loading plan, and remain available for your movers.
New beginnings - moving day, new location!
Finally, you've arrived! Keep your cool and be patient. Call ahead and confirm any necessary access arrangements for the move-in day. Meet your movers at the front entrance and direct them where you would want everything to go. Check that all utilities, such as electricity and Wi-Fi, are working. Take photos of the condition of the property for your records, and direct the movers on where to set up large items. Don't forget to thank and tip your Flexdolly movers for their hard work. If you have young children or pets arriving soon, secure access points to the property. Before getting caught up in unpacking, prioritize setting up the bedrooms, and unpack your Moving Day suitcase. Help your family members settle in and cover the windows with sheets for privacy. Lastly, order some takeout and celebrate your successful move with Flexdolly!
After the move - Home sweet home, oh my!
You made it! Unpacking can be overwhelming, but don't feel like you have to do it all at once. Start with the essentials, such as your bed linens, toiletries, and kitchen items, and work your way through the rest of your boxes gradually. You can also prioritize by room and unpack one room at a time. And don't forget to give your awesome Flexdolly movers a well-deserved 5-star review if they rocked your world. Additionally, show gratitude to your building super and doorman for their assistance, and introduce your family and furry friends to their new home.