Relocating--by its very nature--can be both stressful and frustrating. Not only do you need to worry about packing up and labeling everything you own, but there's also the hassle of transporting everything, setting up utilities, and getting settled in. Along the way, unexpected issues can make the task of moving even more stressful. Fortunately, by taking a few preventative steps ahead of time, you can be sure to avoid some of the most common frustrations during your move.
1. Print Out a Copy of Your Floor Plan
One of the must frustrating problems you could run into during your move is having furniture that simply won't fit in your new place. By obtaining a copy of your new home's floor plan ahead of time (or simply taking measurements, if you don't have access to a floor plan), you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the road. While you're at it, it's also a good idea to take measurements of your new home's doors and windows. You should also be on the lookout for awkwardly placed half-walls or other obstructions that may make moving furniture into the new place a struggle
2. Obtain Confirmation from Utility Companies
The last thing you want is to arrive at your new home to find that you don't have electricity or running water. Even if you schedule your utilities to be turned on before your arrival, understand that utility companies make mistakes. It'll be up to you to obtain confirmation numbers for your service activation, and it's never a bad idea to call the utility companies the day before your move--just to verify that everything is in place. If you rely heavily on Internet access, you may also want to schedule that to be connected with your cable company as soon as you arrive.
3. Hire a White-Glove Delivery Service
Finally, avoid the frustration of opening up your moving boxes to find damaged or broken items by hiring a white-glove delivery service. What sets a white-glove delivery service apart from a team of traditional movers? Essentially, white-glove delivery movers will personally deliver and un-box your items for you so you can assess them before you accept the delivery. This isn't to say that a traditional moving company will mishandle your belongings, but with white-glove delivery, you get to enjoy additional peace of mind.
Follow these three steps for a much less stressful move. You'll surely thank yourself later on! If you're looking for a reputable moving company in your area, visit Absolute Moving & Storage Inc.