Moving house is an expensive business which is why so many people try to save a little money on it any way they can. It might seem like a bit of a daunting task to organize a house move yourself but with a little planning, a lot of work and a lot of helping hands it can go remarkably smoothly.
First of all, you know that guy across the street, the one who waves every morning as he drives by in his brand new RAM ProMaster 1500, well that guy is your new best buddy. For the next few weeks you need to prioritize your friends depending on what type of vehicle they drive. Your oldest friend from High School who drives a flashy sports model is no longer on top of the list . . . unless of course he is also up for some heavy lifting. If you don’t have any friends with a pickup truck or a van and can’t make any in time you may need to consider hiring a truck or treating yourself to one – check out what’s on offer at www.ocramtruckcenter.com for starters.
Okay, enough about friends and trucks, what about planning this house move?
You will need an army of friends, family and other helpers, but as with all armies they will need direction if this house move is going to run as smoothly as a military operation.
It’s up to you to make a schedule and a few lists before the big day arrives. Things you need to consider are:
• Making sure that all of your belongings are securely packed and labeled ready to go before your helpers arrive on the big day. If the cartons are clearly labeled it makes it much easier to know where to place each packing case at the other end of the journey, as well as to know which contain fragile items which must be handled with care and not loaded at the bottom of the truck.
• If your furniture can be dismantled, try to make sure that this is also done before your friends arrive to help with the move.
• Try to arrange the best access you can at both ends of the move. It can make a world of difference if you can get vehicles close to each property. This is particularly important if you don’t have a driveway or parking space outside your property.
• Children and pets are a wonderful part of family life but not on moving day. Try to arrange care for them to keep them safely out of harm’s way.
• Allocate a specific task to each member of the team – some might be carrying, loading, packing, unpacking, driving etc.
• Make sure that you’ve got plenty of refreshments to keep your helpers well fed and watered. Nobody will expect a full blown lunch but a few hot drinks, cold drinks and snacks should be around just to help keep everybody’s strength up.
• Try to move at a time when the traffic is not going to be at its peak. Moving home can be stressful enough without getting stuck in a traffic jam for an hour or two on each leg of the journey.
• Don’t forget to say thanks to your helpers. A few beers or a bottle of wine doesn’t cost much but will be very much appreciated; alternatively you could treat everybody to a take-out when the final boxes have been moved or even host a dinner party soon after the move, once you’ve got everything unpacked and are settled into your new home.