The truck is unloaded, the boxes are in their designated rooms, and the movers have just pulled out of the driveway. You’re finally done…right? Unfortunately, no. You still need to unpack! A while back I shared with you my four lessons for unpacking, which included tips on how to unpack boxes strategically and efficiently. Today, I want to talk about how to talk about common mishaps that people face during the early stages of unpacking.
If you are on Twitter, you should check out #MoveChat. It’s a discussion forum via Twitter about the moving industry. The conversation is led by an industry professional, who discuss answers to common moving questions. Since I am still learning about moving, I frequently join the discussion. A few weeks ago, I was particularly pleased to discuss unpacking blunders. I learned a great deal, so I’d like to share with you the highlights from the conversation.
1. What work still needs to be done as soon as your items are delivered?
First and foremost, double check all your boxes to ensure you have them all BEFORE the movers drive off. If the movers have left and you realize that you received some boxes that don’t belong to you, or that you are missing some of your moving boxes, don’t panic. Call your move coordinator immediately to discuss box identifiers (tags, contact information, etc.) so that your moving company can work towards a solution.
Next, inquire about the time frame in which you have to file a claim. Typically, you will have nine months for interstate moves and 90 days for intrastate moves. It’s really best to start checking your belongings right away, while the move is still fresh in your memory. Further, the sooner you file the claim, the sooner you will get a response. Procrastinating will only lengthen the amount of time until restitution or repair, which will add to your stress in the long run.
Once you are ready to unpack, devise a game plan. It’s a good idea to map out what is going to go in each room (hopefully, you directed your movers to drop the boxes where you want them). Then, based on the most important rooms, start unpacking what you will need right away. Once your must have items are unpacked, make a plan or schedule for the rest. Then move on to the next room. This process will relieve some of your stress because you will have what you need on hand. This will make the job much more manageable because it will reduce the pressure to get everything done at once.
After you’re unpacked, get rid of all the packing material and debris. Most moving companies are willing to take care of this for you for a fee. People usually encounter more garbage than they expect, so if you may want to include this fee in your moving budget if you have not moved yet.
2. What are some additional problems people encounter after a move?
Many common problems revolve around special appliances. You may run into some trouble hooking up your appliances. If you are not an expert, don’t try to do this yourself. Call a specialist to take care of the job. Your mover will most likely be able to recommend somebody in the area and may even provide you with a discount.
3. What are some ways to prevent or minimize common problems while settling-in after moving?
Proper planning is the best way to avoid problems in any situation. Moving and unpacking is no different. First, know the contact information for your moving coordinator, your sales representative and moving company dispatch office. These contacts should help you find a solution if a problem arises.
Also, clearly mark and label all of your boxes. Keep track of your inventory using an excel document and lists. As boxes are being unloaded,use your lists to keep an eye on the tags coming off the truck.
Lastly, think ahead about your unpacking process. Which rooms are most important? What will you need right away? How are you going to dispose of your boxes? You should be able to answer all of these questions before you arrive at your destination.
Do you have any tips for settling in after moving? Please share them below.