May is National Moving Month: Stay Safe & Maintain Your Sanity

Moving to a new homeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

A lot of Americans are on the move to a brand new house every year. According to the U.S. Census, approximately 11% of people, or 35 million people, moved from one home to another one in 2017. That's a great deal of moving trucks, tape, bubble wrap as well as goodbyes as families hit the road, creating new moments in new homes and often new towns.
 

No matter if the following move to Atlanta is around the block, a few cities away, a fair distance or the other side of the planet, moving is generally a nerve-racking encounter, ranked number 28 out of 43 on the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory. Preparing and getting ready reduce the move's anxiety and stress, however adaptability is vital to predicting and working over the unexpected difficulties developing for even the most attentive moving masterminds.

Ten methods for keeping moving day moving

Use a federally registered mover

Ensure your professional moving company in Atlanta is documented in the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) database. This federal agency regulates moving companies and drivers' running hours, safety requirements, training and medical requirements. If you fail to find the business listed there, locate someone else.

Acquire a written quote

Trustworthy professional movers provide a written estimate of time needed for the task, staff and materials necessary, payment stipulations and a delivery time frame, subsequently follow up with an itemized plan. In the event the written agreement and the quote deviate an excessive amount from one another, it's a possible indication that the moving company in Atlanta cannot take care of your move.

Pick a packing strategy before you pack

Who's going to be managing the large, heavy furniture; you or the moving company? Who packs Grandma's antique china as well as glassware; you or the movers? Before anyone puts together a carton or unrolls any wrapping, figure out who will be accountable for which household items to circumvent confusion or loss or damage.

Maintain a working to-do list

This is basically the small jobs listing of things that really need to get done, but are often missed among the sizeable tasks. Projects including cleaning up the fridge as well as pantry shelves, take out the final bag of trash, clean the shower area as well as disconnect major appliances are last-minute tasks for this list.

On the subject of checklists: record your carton contents

Regardless on conventional paper or by Excel spreadsheet, recognize what is in which carton when you pack. Number every carton and jot a brief, basic description outside each and every box, like "1-Bathroom - Bath towels and Bedding" or "2-Master Bedroom Closet - Athletic shoes, Handbags, Accessories" but use inventory pages for extra information. You'll know better where to offload the cartons and what ought to be unpacked to begin with upon your arrival. Whenever you hire a professional mover in Atlanta, they should do this inventory for you while they are loading the moving van.

Prepare a cooler and the "Open 1st" box

You're going to be tired when you arrive at your new home. Pack a cooler that has something to eat and beverages for the road and the first couple of hours of your arrival and also have an "Open 1st" box with a few days' worth of clean clothes, toiletries, medicines, toilet tissue, bathroom towels, non-perishable foodstuffs, pet food and the chargers for your electronic devices.

Incorporate the youngsters in the move

Relocating to a different house is generally challenging for youngsters. Make it their grand adventure: permit them to pack on their own, label their toys and garments, whilst encouraging them to give away seldom used or outgrown things to bid farewell to their previous life and greet their new one.

Plan for domestic pets as well as elderly family

Your four-legged furry friends may be scared and run at the sight of so much confusion and visitors, while mature loved ones living with you are in danger of injury from tumbles due to moved furniture and packing materials throughout their regular walking paths. Have a strategy in place for household pets and those that require shelter from the move for a few hours or possibly days.

Phone ahead of time for the basics

Moving to your new house is nerve-racking enough minus the additional pressure of no electricity, heat, cooling or running water. Call the utility organizations prior to when you move to make sure these kinds of basic services are running ahead of your arrival.

The ultimate countdown

Before you actually close the door on this life phase and start a a different one, conduct one last walk through. Are the lights turned off, water faucets closed off, thermostat set high, windows shut and secured and every cabinet, shelf and closet vacant? If so, it's time to go. And enjoy the trip, because it's more than a move. It is a leap forward, an advance from recognized and cherished encounters to a different collection of expectations.

If you need assistance with your local or long-distance move, get in touch with A-1 Freeman Moving Group today!

 

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