Moving is stressfull for pets as well. All the chaos and unfamiliar people around can make them feel uneasy. That's why it's a good idea to arrange for somebody to watch your pet on moving day. If that's not possible, try to keep them away from the movers to avoid any accidents.
Make sure you have enough time to pack any remaining items before the movers arrive. When you get to your new place it would be helpful to have a few essential items handy, for example a box-cutter, screwdrivers, a pliers and some cleaning supplies. Instead of opening a dozen boxes looking for those, pack them all in one box and take it with you. This way you'll know where it is and save some time.
Once the movers are at your house, let them know which boxes contain fragiles and which ones contain heavy objects so it will make it easier for them to load your possessions properly. Keep the boxes not going with the movers separately to avoid any confusion. As for your valuables like jewelry, silverware, documents and photo-albums, set them aside and move them yourself. Don't place these items or any other irreplaceable items on trucks or in portable storage units.
Once the movers are done loading your possessions you'll have to sign a receipt listing all items loaded on the truck. Before signing however, make sure everything is correct and you understand all the terms. Next see that the movers have your new address and a telephone number in case they need to get in touch with you.
Now all your stuff has been loaded and ready to go. Looks like you're all done. Finally, check these often overlooked details:
- Do any last minute cleaning;
- See if you forgot to empty any garbage bins in the house;
- Turn off utilities;
- Leave your new address and contact information for the new tenants or your landlord;
- Go around the house to make sure you didn't forget anything;
- Have cash for tipping the movers;
- Have directions to your new house.