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As moving day gets closer, you and your family are probably getting quite excited. Things should be falling into place about now, and you should be slightly less overwhelmed at the prospect of a long distance move. At the same time, you cannot relax yet. Soon, the long distance movers will be at your home, and you need to make sure that you are prepared for their arrival. Moving is not as simple as allowing these people in your home to load things up, you need to have some things set and ready for when they arrive. Doing so will not only make the move easier and faster, but it will make the whole day a lot less stressful for both your family as well as the movers.
1. Be Packed: One of the things that can really start moving day off on the wrong foot is if the movers show up to a half packed home. If a packing service is not included in your moving package, then make sure that you are totally packed before the long distance moving companies show up at your door. Having to stop in order to finish packing will only divert your attention from more important things and eat up more time that you will have to pay for while the movers simply stand around and wait. Make your move efficient by having your home totally ready to be loaded up and moved.
2. Have Drinks on Hand: Something that many people do not think about when they are moving and have cross country moving companies coming to move things for them is the hard work that goes into loading the truck. Movers get thirsty and tired fast, and by having a few drinks on hand for hydration will go a long way to making things simple and friendly. Hydrated and energized movers work faster as well, meaning that you will have to pay less in labor time that it takes for the movers to actually load and unload your things from the truck.
3. Take the Day Off: Do not plan on working or getting anything else done the day that the long distance moving companies come to your home. You need to make sure that you are there all day to supervise the move, and if something takes longer than you expect it to, you might get frustrated if there is somewhere else that you have to be. Instead, clear all plans for the day and prepare to hang out around the house for the entire day. If you finish early, then you have extra time to get something else done, but if you do not, there is no reason to get anxious.
4. Protect the House: Before the movers show up at your home, you need to protect the house from damage that they might cause by moving your things out of the building. This might include certain protective measures that will prevent floors and doorways from getting damaged. Rug film, foam for around doors, and even special cardboard used to cover hardwood flooring can be purchased and put down before the movers get there to ensure that nothing is hurt when a box or furniture is accidentally bumped against a wall, scraped against a floor, or otherwise made to touch part of the house it should not. Remember, accidents happen, and this is just another way of being prepared for them.
5. Consider a Tip: When all is said and done, you will sit and look around an empty home and wonder where the time went. Your long distance movers worked hard, and you might want to consider tipping them for a job well done. Not only will this make them look favorably on you, but it also shows them that hard work does pay off. In the future, especially when you see them on the other side of the trip, they will be more likely to go out of their way to take care of things that were not included in the contract.
Moving is never a small task. There will be many things that you need to do in order to get ready to face moving day with some sanity. Preparing for the long distance movers is only part of it, but by getting ready for their arrival, you can take a large amount of the stress out of one of the most hectic days of your life.