Are you planning to hire professional movers? They'll take much of the load off on moving day. But that doesn't mean that your family and friends can't still be of great use. Here are a few important ways they can help you, even if you don't need them to carry any furniture.
By the time the movers arrive, you probably have little or nothing left in your kitchen — to cook with or eat with. And the last thing you want to do as you're preparing to leave is to make a bunch of food and beverages for movers and helpers. Instead, ask friends to prepare refreshments for everyone.
2. Baby Sitting
Parents and pet owners benefit when their little ones are out of the way and entertained while they and the movers work. Can your friends or relatives help out with this? Being off-site and with loved ones also aids kids and pets in being relaxed and stress-free during what can often be a scary change, no matter how far or how local the move.
You can often save some money by handling some needed prep work rather than paying the moving crew to do it. Disassembly/reassembly is one of these tasks that you could ask others to manage for you. Prepare some tools, tape, and bags so that everything will be organized and kept securely with the furnishings.
4. Final Cleaning
As the professional movers clear out rooms, can your helpers start cleaning them one final time? Simultaneous multitasking of both the move-out and cleaning saves time and ensures that nothing is left behind since many sets of eyes go over all the spaces. However, be sure you ask organized and proactive friends or family so that it can be done without interrupting the movers.
5. Point Person
Assign a friend or family member to help serve as a point person and resource for the movers. Familiarize them with which items should or should not get loaded into the truck, where major pieces of furniture will go in the new house, which items are fragile, or any special handling requests. The movers have an additional point of contact and you don't have to micromanage their work.
Where to Start
As you plan what your professional movers handle and what tasks are left, you'll soon see how friends and family can help out. Start by consulting with quality local moving companies to draft your plan of action for a successful moving day.