There’s more to the standard moving hacks than you might suspect.
Here are three common truths of the moving experience, and why they’re worth a second look.
Moving Hack 1: Enlist Help
Call up friends and family members, and ask them to pitch in. At the end of the day, you’ll provide abundant pizza and other refreshments, often beer or soda. Simple!
The Second Glance: Not Everybody Has To Lift
The conventional wisdom is all well and good if you’re acquainted with a bunch of muscle-bound triathletes. 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 might have the keen spatial reasoning needed to pack efficiently, limiting your overall back-and-forth.
Think creatively about how the people around you can pitch in, and show them you’re grateful in a way that resonates with them. (At least let them pick the pizza toppings!)
Moving Hack 2: Plan Your Trip
You booked the van, and you’ve got GPS. What more could you possibly need to consider? Well, that’s a good start.
The Second Glance: Don't Forget The "Last Mile"
Even if you’re only moving one mile, your “last mile,” from the van door to your front door, could present challenges if you don’t plan ahead.
For starters many shared 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, make sure you do that.
If you’re driving a large vehicle you’re not used to, make sure you’re aware of the spaces you’ll have to navigate, including any narrow alleys or tight corners. You don’t need to add last-minute driving anxiety to your moving-day adrenaline.
Long-distance moves require even more advanced planning. Professionals like J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida Inc can help!
Moving Hack 3: Pack like a Pro
You’re well versed in padding the breakables. You’ve got small boxes for your books. If you’ve hired movers and packers, you’ve got a separate box for personal items. You may even have detailed lists so you know exactly what’s in the box marked “Kitchen #3.” Good on you.
The Second Glance: Pack Early, and Pack For The Worst
If you’re moving things that could potentially leak fluid, you’ll want to drain them well in advance, especially heavy-duty items with oil and gasoline. Drain your lawn mower, 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.
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 packs or washcloths to help you cool down. Have sunblock handy if you need it.
What’s the most important piece of common wisdom to consider? Professional movers and packers can make every step of the moving process much simpler.
If you need professional packing and moving services in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and surrounding areas, call J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida Inc. at 239-694-3400 or contact us online today to learn more about their services.
How To Move Or Dispose Of Non-Allowable Items
Before you move, you should understand how Atlas regards “non-allowable” items.
Essentially, these fall into three categories:
What are Hazardous Materials?
These are dangerous or flammable materials that Atlas will not transport.
Safe Disposal of Hazardous Materials
How can you safely get rid of your leftover products? You may give them to a friend or neighbor who will use them, or take the products to a collection point for hazardous waste in your community. Your local or state health department can tell you where it is.
Online directories like Earth911 can help you find ways to recycle within your community.
Some products, such as pesticides, are extremely hazardous. They will even require special care for disposing of the container. Read the labels so you know what to do for each product.
A Few Exceptions...
Your J.W. Cole & Sons of Florida Inc. agent may consider taking some perishable items under certain, very specific conditions. Ask about special arrangements for perishables if they:
After you empty your refrigerators and freezers of food, keep the doors open at least 24 hours before moving. This will allow them to dry out, air out, and prevent the mold.
Atlas can transport your personal or sentimental items, but it’s best if you take them. This is especially true for anything that cannot be replaced. Should your shipment encounter unforeseen problems, you won’t have to worry.
What Should I Take with Me When I Move?
Consider packing and taking these personal items with you during your move: