Saturday, May 9, 2009

Moving Right Along: A Guide to Moving Day

By Affordable Storage Guy

Moving day can be one of the least anticipated days of the year, second only to root canals and prostate exams in terms of popularity. The following guide may not have you looking forward to moving day the way a child looks forward to a birthday party, but it should help alleviate some of the dread.

If you're lucky enough to have hired professional movers, you can spend part of the day exchanging goodbyes with friends and neighbors. If not, you can enlist those friends and neighbors to help you load up the moving van!

Take a systematic approach to emptying your rooms. Go through them one at a time, and, once the boxes are all out, vacuum or sweep the floors, then close the door to indicate that the room is empty.

Have a few extra boxes or bags handy to hold any overlooked items, and essentials that you'll need right away in your new place. Clearly label the containers holding your essentials, so you can find them when you need them.

Leave out any items that will be of use to the new occupants, such as instruction manuals and any notes that you think might be helpful to them, in an easy-to-see place. It will help get them off to a good start in their new home, and they'll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

It may sound silly, but plan to give yourself a quiet moment alone to reflect on the time you've spent in the home you're about to say goodbye to. Moving can bring up unexpected emotions, and it's wise to be prepared for them.

Make one final walkthrough, shut off the lights and the gas and make sure all the doors and windows are locked. That's it; you're ready to start the next phase of your life in your new house.

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