Avoiding Hallway Drama on Move-In Day

iStock_000014872415_MediumThere’s usually a lot going on during move-in day. Movers tote boxes of stuff through hallways and up staircases, family members work busily around rooms, as the residents settle into their new home and community. The busyness of the entire process can be a bit intimidating and stressful. The last thing that anyone wants is to find themselves in their new community hall amidst piles of boxes as the day draws to a close, wondering what to do with all of the items still left to be unpacked. Without a good plan and coordination, this can lead to “Hallway Drama”.

Luckily, with the right information and a good plan, move-in day can become much simpler. Here are three things to keep in mind so that you can avoid drama in the hallway on your move-in day.

Know the rules of the building
It’s important to know the rules of the building when moving into a community so that the process can be planned accordingly. Some communities, for instance, have time restrictions, and only allow moving to take place between 9 am and 4:30 pm. They may also only offer available move times divided into 4-hour blocks throughout the day to complete your move. This means that a punctual schedule must be established and followed to ensure that everything happens on time.

If the move-in destination is above the first-floor level, you will need to reserve the elevators for the day so that movers will have the ability to get things up to the apartment quickly. Having the elevator locked off for the move will avoid the delay of the elevator being occupied by residents riding up and down to their floors and delaying the delivery of items from the truck to your apartment. Even if you do not need to use the elevator the community may require you to reserve the loading dock for your move. Many communities also require that precautions be taken to protect hallways, floors, and elevators during the moving process. Often, movers must pad elevators and lay down padding on floors and hallway corners to prevent damage.

You will also want to find out where the community would like the trash to be discarded once you have completed your unpacking. Will they send someone up to collect your empty boxes and bags of trash or do you need to carry things to a trash room or dumpster downstairs.

Knowing the rules of the building before the big day can play a major role in making the move go as smooth as possible.

Have a good floor plan
A good floor plan will be your roadmap to a successful move, and it’s one of the biggest factors in preventing overflow from accumulating in the hallway on move-in day. We’ve seen people without a floor plan estimate that they can fit more furniture into an apartment, only to discover on move-in day that their new home cannot accommodate all the pieces that were on the moving truck

Instead of preparing for a new space based on guesswork, use a to-scale diagram to plan beforehand where items will go. Items are then placed in the new home by the mover quickly and efficiently saving you time and money on move in day.

Make sure to downsize appropriately
Sometimes, people fail to downsize before they move. We’ve seen people left in their new home with floor-to-ceiling stacks of boxes that they couldn’t unpack, all because they didn’t part with enough items beforehand.

The fact is that once you have a good floor plan, it’s necessary to get rid of the things that won’t fit into your new home. There are many avenues for getting rid of the extra “stuff”, from selling things, donating items, or throwing things away. Avoid hallway drama, and make sure that you downsize appropriately before move-in day.

So, there you have it: three tips to help you avoid hallway drama on move-in day. Want to avoid drama during the moving process completely? Get in touch with us online, or give us a call at 240.403.0177. At TAD Relocation, we’re experts in managing moves that are as smooth and drama-free as possible.