I experienced this feeling twice this year. To be honest, the first time was much worse. And it's not just because we moved during a full week of January snow storms.
However, thanks to that awful January move, I learned a lot. This time, I was prepared!
So what worked better this move around?
1. Movers: the first time we move, we assumed a couple of good reviews and a good rating at the Better Business Bureau was enough to guarantee good service. It wasn't. It cost us $400 more the first time and they ended up sending too small of truck (even though the manager came in person to assess how much stuff we had). Legally, this put us in an uncomfortable situation because someone had bought our house and we were handing over the keys.... however, some of our stuff was left! Anyway, long story but we had to make a bunch of calls to our lawyer to contact the buyer's lawyer to make sure it was ok to leave some our stuff because the company was running late and had to get the rest the next day. It was awful. They also went way over the estimate they gave us. The movers worked hard, and I don't blame them individually, but I do blame management for sending 3 new workers and only one experienced mover for such a big move. It was chaos.
What I learned and applied in our recent move this past weekend? A good rating at the BBB does not guarantee anything. Shop around. Ask questions. Make sure at least half of the team they send have years of experience with moving full houses. We had 2 experienced movers and one beginner for our move last weekend. Like I said, it ended up costing us $400 less than the first time. They came under their estimate and their service was impeccable.
2. Identifying boxes with a system: This might be very obvious to some. We had no idea how important this was until we experienced chaos in our first move.
What I learned and applied in our recent move this past weekend? Identify where each box is to go once at the new house. Our system was:
M for main floor.
B for basement.
U-K for upper level Kaid's room.
U-A for upper level Alex's room.
U-Master for master bedroom.
G for garage.
3. We moved our family a day before the movers brought all our stuff. We prepared lists of necessities and made a few trips ourselves. We had blowup mattresses, blankets and pillows, toiletries and a few meals worth that include all our fridge stuff. It was so worth it. It made everything go so much smoother. And we even had fun as a family "camping" in our new house, having dinner and watching Teletubbies with the little one!
It's been two days and everything is going flawlessly. I'm loving this new home and being closer to the city.