The last thing you need to do is trip while you're carrying something. Keep pets behind closed doors and pick up stray objects and toys. Shift furniture away from doorways to prevent bumping into it. Make sure there are no lifted edges on rugs. You want a clear pathway.
Leave the Heaviest Boxes on the Bottom
When you stack boxes, leave the bulkiest and weightiest of them right on the floor. That way you won't experience a heavy box crushing your lighter belongings. Appliances, books, your old record collection- those belong on the bottom of the pile.
Don't try to lift and carry everything yourself. Some things weigh too much and some are just too bulky and difficult to maneuver alone. If possible, have someone act as a spotter to verbally direct you through tricky areas.
Plan to Move Precious Items Yourself
If at all possible, keep your most precious possessions with you during the move, or transport them to the new location yourself. Then you'll have peace of mind knowing they're protected. Photos, jewelry, special gifts, family heirlooms...stay in charge of what matters most.
Establish a Waiting Area
Try to use one area of your home as the staging area for packed boxes. This area should be close to the door where movers will access your belongings. The closer your stuff is to the exit, the easier it is for movers to safely carry it from your home to their truck.
Keep Hardware with Furniture
If you need to disassemble a piece of furniture, keep the screws, nuts and bolts in a sealed transparent bag attached to the furniture and labeled. Tape the bag, tie it on, whatever works to secure it so you won't have to hunt for the hardware at your new place. You won't have to buy new screws either.
Protect Doorways, Entrances and Workers
Tape towels or cushioning to door frames and entryways to prevent scratches and damage to both the frames and to your furniture and other items. Make sure to remove any slippery rugs. Pull popped nails from floors and warn workers about uneven areas.
By following these tips, you'll reduce your anxiety level about your upcoming move. Taking good care of your belongings goes a long way to a successful relocation experience for you and your movers. From packing boxes to storage to loading trucks and unloading trucks, the whole event can go smoothly with a sensible plan.