Jul 30, 2021 by Wendy Hoke

Moving Hacks to Rethink

Conventional wisdom is something that guides us throughout our days. It’s good advice such as if you’re the last person to leave a room, turn off the lights. So many of our actions are prompted by a commonly accepted set of expectations. It’s good ol’ common sense.

Moving has its own set of commonly accepted standards. Still, there’s more to the standard moving hacks than you might think. Here are 3 of those commonly accepted moving truths, and why you should take a second look at them.

1. Pack like a pro.

Conventional wisdom: be well versed in padding fragile items. Have lots of small boxes for your books. If you’ve hired movers and packers, have a separate box for personal items. You may even have detailed lists so you know exactly what’s in the box marked “Kitchen #3.”

Second glance:

If you’re moving things that could potentially leak fluid, drain them well in advance, especially heavy-duty items with oil and gasoline. Drain your lawnmower, snow blower, or other gas-powered tools and small vehicles well in advance of your move. The same goes for hoses and gardening equipment, too.

2. Enlist help for a DIY move.

Conventional wisdom:

Call up friends and family members, and ask them to pitch in. At the end of the day, you can celebrate by providing abundant pizza and other refreshments, often beer or soda.

Second glance:

There is more than just lifting. The conventional wisdom is good if you know a lot of bench pressing athletes. What about those of us who are moving with family members, some of whom might be quite young or quite advanced in age?

They can all help, and sometimes they can be total lifesavers!

If you’re moving with young kids, maybe you could ask one of their fun older cousins to spend time with them during the day, freeing you up to pack, lift and haul the family’s belongings. You might have an older parent who can’t hoist a sofa anymore, but they may be able to pet sit with Fido and Fluffy.

Think creatively about how the people around you can pitch in, and show them you’re grateful in a way that resonates with them.

3. Planning the trip.

Conventional wisdom:

You booked the van, and you’ve got GPS. What more could you possibly need to consider? Well, that’s a good start.

Second glance:

The last mile needs to be planned out in advance. That means planning ahead for unloading the van and carrying your household items into your new residence.

For instance, many apartments and condo buildings have designated times during which new residents can load and unload. Make sure you clear that hurdle, and if you need to reserve a freight elevator or time in the loading zone, you will need to do that as well.

If you’re driving a large truck that you’re not used to, evaluate the spaces where you will need to navigate. It may be tight corners in a parking lot or narrow alleys. Have a plan in place first.

Long-distance moves require even more advanced planning. Professionals can help!

The timing of your move might force you to make some contingency plans. If it’s a winter move, have tarps handy, as well as shovels and tools for dealing with icy roads and walkways, and for clearing snow away from passageways. If it’s particularly hot and sunny, be ready with ice water to help you stay hydrated. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

But, the most important piece of wisdom to remember is this: professional movers and packers can simplify even the most challenging move. Contact Alliance Relocation Services today for a free estimate.

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