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Moving Day Tips

July 10th, 2012 - 10:36 AM

I’ll go ahead and admit that things were a little crazy the last time we moved. Granted, it was before I worked at U-Pack, so I wasn’t as up-to-speed about the proper techniques. But I still thought we had it together. There were plenty of people there to help us load, which was great. But that also meant a lot of extra vehicles in the apartment complex parking lot (a no-no) and the front door being left open a lot (resulting in our dog escaping and evading capture for a long, long time). Talk about a hectic and stressful day. If I had only known then what I know now – things would have turned out completely different. I would have asked the friends helping us move to carpool, and I would have found someone to watch Mikey for the day.

Now that I know some great moving day tips, it’s only right to share them with our faithful readers. If you’re planning a move soon, check these out:  

  • Communicate with friends, family or hired help about what time to arrive, where to park, and what to bring.
  • Make arrangements for pets and children. Like Mikey, pets and small children can get in the way, be injured, or get lost during the packing and loading process. Make arrangements for a babysitter/pet-sitter, or provide a quiet contained area. Make sure to leave food and water for pets and make certain children are supervised.
  • Keep snacks and water on-hand – especially if you’re moving during the summer months. Moving is hard work! You and your helpers will need frequent breaks to rehydrate and refuel.
  • Don’t pack your tool kit! You’ll likely need to disassemble items as you pack and load them. Make sure tools are easily accessible.
  • Take your time. I know you’re probably ready to get it all over with, but rushing through the packing and loading process can sometimes result in damage to your items, or injury to yourself. Making sure to properly pack and load your items will help them travel to your destination safely.
  • Know your limits. If you think something is too heavy to lift, it probably is. Ask for assistance with larger, heavier items. In fact, if you need help loading and unloading, just ask your U-Pack move coordinator.

Now let’s look at some moving day tips that are specific to U-Pack.
First, if you’re moving long distance and haven’t gotten an instant moving quote from U-Pack yet, now’s a good time. It’s the affordable way to move cross country without having to drive a rental truck. And if you’ve decided U-Pack is the service for you, here are some tips for making moving day a breeze.

Moving Day Tips with U-Pack

  • Make parking arrangements – check out info on trailer parking and ReloCube® parking.
  • If you’re moving in a trailer, mark your quoted footage inside the trailer (masking tape works great for this). Remember, if you can fit into less space, simply adjust your rate by subtracting the “per foot” rate on your Bill of Lading (BOL).
  • Secure your belongings with ropes or tie-downs as you load.
  • If you’re moving in a trailer, make sure that you don’t pack the ramp in with your items.
  • Put it into the back of the trailer after you’ve installed the bulkhead wall.
  • Call the origin terminal to schedule a pickup time after you’re finished loading.
  • Double check the accuracy of your destination address and contact information on your Bill of Lading.
  • Sign and date your BOL.  Mark the actual footage used and give your BOL to your driver when he picks it up.

Any other helpful moving day tips you can think of?  Share them with us!