Moving made easy(ier)

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Help and maybe a tarp or other cover are definites for making your move to a new home. Most important is to plan ahead for vehicles, helping hands, parking, security and timing. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

Planning out a big move across town requires a bit of organization. Enlisting the help of friends and family, packing all of the belongings carefully into containers and once moved, finding homes for everything .. the to-do list can go on and on.

Using your truck will make the move much easier, as you shuttle belongings — both large and small — from your old home into your new abode. Be sure your truck is equipped to handle the big move by scheduling a tune-up the week before and checking that all accessories like elastic cords are handy for use. Also consider purchasing a truck bed cover to help make your move easier by securing and protecting your belongings while they are in transit to your new home. Try for one that is made of heavy-duty vinyl, and that installs quickly and easily with a clamps. It helps to make sure it fits your truck, so measure beforehand.

Put the following tips to good use in organizing your move, and be sure to reward your helpers for all the hard work they do when the day is done with a fun dinner out or a gift certificate for a favorite store.

Secure parking

If your new home is on a busy city street or part of a large condominium complex, you will want to reserve parking for your truck ahead of time. Contact the homeowners’ association or the city and register for a parking permit to block off space in front of your new home for your moving day. It also helps to let your new neighbors know.

Divide and conquer

Give your helpers tasks they can do unassisted. Have one helper monitor the loading of your truck with boxes, making sure each is marked with its correlating final room destination. Another helper can be based at the new home, making certain all belongings end up in the proper rooms.

Assign tasks

If you have additional help, assign them the tasks of unpacking boxes, like kitchen dishes. Put “sticky notes” on the cupboards where you want dishes to be located to make this task easier. Having your helpers assigned to specific jobs allows you to handle any last-minute packing, or other jobs only you can handle.

Keep your stuff secure

Some truck covers allow you to close and lock the cover, keeping smaller and expensive items from view, and protecting your household items from rain, wind and other elements. A locking cover also allows you and your helpers the flexibility to leave the truck unattended while other items are being handled.

Provide munchies

Keep plenty of food and water available at both homes to provide fuel and nourishment for all workers. Also encourage short breaks to help keep energy levels going strong throughout the entire day.

Encourage chatter

Provide your helpers with cellphone numbers or two-way radios for a quick way to communicate during the day. Keeping communications open allows for a quicker moving process, and also helps to prevent any confusion on where belongings will go once they arrive at the new house.

Keep kids, pets busy

Having pets or small children around can distract your helpers, and potentially make it dangerous for everyone involved in the moving process. Consider hiring a babysitter or pet-sitter for the day, or ask a family member to watch over them during the moving process in lieu of helping you out with the move.

Cool it!

Most importantly, keep calm during the chaos of moving day. Your calm demeanor will influence your helpers to stay relaxed, which encourages everyone to move more efficiently and safely.

And just know, at the end of the day, while you may still have belongings in boxes, you’re in your new home and ready for future adventures to begin.

— Courtesy of BrandPoint