In my last two posts about downsizing, preparation and packing, I wrote about preparing to move to a smaller home and the special planning and strategic packing required to eliminate stress – if we could be so lucky!
The next step is “the move”. Again, because you are moving to a smaller space to that which you are accustomed, planning carefully will lessen the potential chaos. Here are some tips to make it as stress-free as possible.
- Schedule movers and/or trucks and volunteer help for the day of the move.
- If you must hire movers, be certain to protect your assets, both physical and financial. I found this NY Times blog site helpful – certainly there are many such sites that you can locate with a simple search.
- The same is true of renting a truck – make certain that you know what all of the costs will be – daily rate, mileage charges and gas – and get it in writing before you sign and take possession of the vehicle.
- Rent or borrow hand trucks and dollies. If you will need to move upstairs, it might be useful to have planks available so as to slide heavy items. Bring tools that might be needed – you may have to remove doors or hand rails so that furniture can get through these spaces.
- Ideally you would schedule the move in increments over a few days.
- I would move the kitchen first and stock the fridge. This way you will have food and beverages on hand for move days – especially if your movers are volunteers. If this isn’t possible, I’ll describe strategies when I post about moving your kitchen.
- In my “perfect world” I would have the furniture delivered at one time and boxes for unpacking at a later time enabling the placement of furniture and storage units before boxes are emptied.
- Referencing your floor plan, create and place signs– you’ll need to get to your new place ahead of the movers – to indicate where you want furniture placed and boxes stacked.
- If you’ve labeled boxes as I suggested in my packing post – the signs would indicate where each label type would go, i.e.; BR LR or zones you’ve designated. Books in the library zone, CDs & DVDs in the entertaiment zone, etc.
- Have someone at the doorway to direct movers where the items should be placed
And the move is finished! Unpacking comes next!
Relax with some beer and pizza! For your moving volunteers, too!
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