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6 Tips for Planning Your Move

Turn your move into an organized chaos by making a checklist for your movers.  After the movers arrive at your house you will find a steady stream of your belongings heading out the door. Your furniture and boxes will be moving faster than you realize so it is important to plan what stays, what goes where and any special instructions ahead of time. Create a checklist for movers by following the steps below.

1. LIST THINGS THAT STAY

Create a list of items that stay in your home and that are not to be moved. When the movers first arrive at your house give them a tour of your home and a written list of what goes and what stays.  Place notes on items that stay such as the stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer or furniture that has been sold to the new owners.




2. TAKE CARE OF YOUR PETS

It is important to tell the movers about any pets in your home.  On your checklist write down that you have a pet and where that pet will be during the move.  Put a sign on the door of the room where your pets are so that the movers don’t accidentally let your pet out.

3. LIST FRAGILE ITEMS

Your fragile items need extra special care.  Mark all boxes that are extra fragile very clearly. Hand move your most fragile pieces yourself. Make a note for your movers if a piece of furniture is broken or if pieces fall apart easily.

4. HIRE EXTRA MANPOWER FOR HEAVY ITEMS

Your movers will need to know how much manpower they need to move your items.  If you have a very heavy piece such as a 800 pound refrigerator let them know ahead of time.

5. LABEL FURNITURE AND BOXES BY ROOM

Each room for your new home should be on the list.  Indicate which furniture goes in which room in your new home.  If your lower level furniture ends up in the living room you will have a lot of rearranging to do after the movers leave. Each box needs to be labeled as to which room and which floor you want your items placed.

6. MAKE A MAP

Create a map of where you new home is located. Include your new address with instructions where to park and which entrance to use.

TIPS

Stock your fridge with bottle water and soft drinks for your movers.
Make several copies of your list – one for you, one to post in each house and one for the movers.