Moving Day | Hercules Movers

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You’ve planned, arranged, packed, and arranged with the movers. Now it’s finally time to move. The moving day can be very exciting but like everything concerning moving, it can be very stressful. If you have packed and arranged your things properly, this means that the bulk of the work has been done. This does not mean that there is no work to be done on a moving day. There is work to be done.

Before the moving day arrives, it is advisable to create a checklist of things to do on a moving day to make your move go smoothly. This list helps you to be prepared for the moving day and reduces the amount of stress that comes with the day. You will need to know what to expect to help you prepare. Knowing what to expect on a moving day helps you with your list and consequently, reduces your stress level on that day.

Here are a few things to expect and to prepare for on a moving day.

  1. Less sleep

You will need to wake up early on a moving day. Wake up early and take breakfast because you’ll need the energy. Waking up early gives you ample time to do all you need to do before the movers arrive. This helps to avoid any form of delay on your part.

  1. Set aside items that are not going into the moving truck

There are certain essentials that should be with you during the move. They include things like an overnight bag, important documents, medications, gadgets, and electronic devices. You can put all these in a separate box and label the box before setting it aside. Set them aside do they do not get mixed up during the move. These are essentials that you’ll need when you get to your new home.

  1. Note the time the movers will arrive

Whether you have engaged the services of a moving company or you have gotten friends and family to come and help you with your move, it is important that you note the time they are arriving for the move. Finish up any last-minute packing or preparation that you need to do before the movers arrive. Ensure you are prepared and be ready by the time they arrive.

  1. Ensure that your property is safe for the move

Moving involves a lot of lifting and moving around. The last thing you want to deal with on a moving day is an injured person. So be sure to secure the property and its environs. Reserve a convenient parking space for the moving truck so it’s easy to move items into it, provide ample space for a mover to walk through when carrying items, remove obstacles from the way. Just do your best to ensure everyone is safe during the move.

  1. The moving company ‘may’ compile an inventory

Where you have engaged the services of professional movers, expect them to make an inventory of items to be moved. They do this to ensure that all your items get to your new home and also to be able to prevent any future liability claim for loss of items. Where you are making use of family and friends to move, it will be necessary for you to make an inventory of your items to be moved. This helps you not to forget and to know what goes where during the move. Even when you have engaged the services of professional movers, it is still advisable for you to make an inventory of your items to be able to compare with the inventory of the movers.

  1. You’ll have a lot of moving to do

Whether you hire professional movers or not, you’ll have to join in moving a lot of the things you have to move. So, dress appropriately. Wear something comfortable that will allow you to do all the lifting you’ll need to do. You can wear jeans or shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers to allow you to move easily.

  1. Expect the movers to be in control of the move

Agreed, it is your move. However, the movers will be in charge of determining the best order to load and arrange your items. This is especially true when you have engaged the services of professional movers. Professional movers have their techniques for packing and loading different items. They also have a method of arranging the boxes into the moving truck. During this process, you will have to take a back seat and let the professionals do their jobs.

Where you are not using professional movers, it is advisable for you to make a plan on the move and who moves what. This plan will help you to keep things coordinated when the time to move comes.  You have to be coordinated to have a smooth move and ensure that you don’t forget anything at your old home or lose things in the process of moving.

  1. Expect a bill of lading

A bill of lading is a document that is issued by a carrier of items, acknowledging the receipt of the items being moved. It details the type of items carried, quantity, value of the items, moving estimate, expected delivery date, and the proposed destination of the items. Where you have engaged the services of a professional mover, expect to receive a bill of lading from the moving company.  You’re going to have to sign this bill of lading so ensure you go through the bill of lading to confirm the items on it before signing it.

  1. Prepare refreshments for your movers

This is important because the stress that comes with moving will tell on the movers. After a while, they will water, a cold drink and snacks to keep them refreshed. Have a stand for this or a small section where these things are kept so when the need arises, you are ready for it. If you are not able to prepare for this, just have cash at hand to order from any restaurant around.

Now that you know what to expect on a moving day, we hope you will be able to prepare properly for your move to avoid any form of stress that is avoidable.


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Moving can be a very complicated process. If you do not get every step right, quite a few things could go wrong. You could forget or misplace some items or have some get damaged while in transit. One of the ways you can ensure that the likelihood of any harm coming to your items is brought to the minimum is by making sure to have all the supplies you need from the beginning.

With the right supplies, you will be able to handle every stage of the process safely and efficiently, from arranging your home and preparing your items for the trip to boxing them and getting them in the vehicle. Here is a comprehensive list of all the items you will need:

✅  Boxes – These are the first things that come to most people’s minds when they think of moving, and that is for a good reason. Good boxes are integral to a well-executed moving plan. Many people simply pick up used boxes from nearby stores or around the house but that is not ideal. You should try to get new cardboard boxes or rent plastic moving boxes to be able to keep all your items securely. New cardboard boxes or plastic boxes will be more rigid and able to withstand the stress of being carried around and jostled with other items in the truck. You will also be able to stack them without being afraid that they’ll collapse (as long as you don’t overload them).

✅   Plastic Wrap – You can use any kind of plastic wrap but be sure you have enough to give the items that need it a full wrap. For instance, plastic wrap is great for making sure that a stack of plates does not shift around, as well as with other similarly fragile items. You can also use it to secure bottles to make sure nothing spills, along with myriad other uses.

✅   Cushioning Material – If you are going to be moving items that are fragile such as ceramic dishes or small, sensitive electronics, you would be best served by having them cushioned inside the boxes. This will ensure that even if the ride gets bumpy, they will be insulated from the shock and be less likely to break or get damaged in any way. Bubble wrap is a very common solution, and it works well, especially when you have items that are not shaped uniformly. Foam wrap sheets can also come in very handy and if you are really looking to save money, you can even use old newspapers. Just squeeze them rightly and make sure they provide a tight cushion in the box. You have to be aware, however, that newspaper won’t be nearly as effective as other options so it should be a last resort.

✅   Labelling Materials – One of the best ways to make your moving experience as smooth as possible is to label and arrange the boxes and items very efficiently. This way, it would be very easy for you to find any particular item or box of items when it’s time to unpack, instead of having to rummage through many boxes to find the one you need. Some people like to do it the simple way – simply writing on the boxes. If you want to do this, then all you will need is a marker. You can also use a market on masking tape. If you want to be a bit more elaborate or if you have quite a lot of boxes to sort out, you can have color-coded notes and or get purpose-made moving labels. One thing to keep in mind is that you should label the boxes on multiple sides so you can easily find what you need even if a box gets turned another way.

✅   Cleaning Supplies – It is best to clean all your items before you move. You do not want to be taking dirty stuff into your new home, and you’ll need a variety of cleaning supplies for that. From detergent to garbage bags, brooms, and buckets, be sure to evaluate what items you need to clean and get all the supplies you will need to do a thorough job. You can even repurpose some of the cleaning supplies as you move. For instance, the garbage bags can play the role of plastic wrap in a tight situation, and you can simply take what you do not finish to your new home for use there.

✅   Straps and Rope – If you are moving heavy, unwieldy items like a refrigerator, you will particularly need this. Those items can fall over and damage a lot of other items, so you must ensure that they are secured to the side of the moving truck. The exact kind of straps or rope that you will need will be dependent on what items you need to secure but as a general rule, err on the side of thicker, stronger straps or ropes.

✅   Furniture Cover and Pads – The items of furniture in your home are likely to be some of the most expensive, so it makes sense that you should do everything you can to specially protect them as you move. You can slide plastic covers over your furniture to keep dust, liquids, and other extraneous material away from them, but if you want to protect them fully, you will need to get furniture pads. The furniture pads are designed to be shock-absorbers of sorts, absorbing any impact, and preventing damage to your furniture. Many moving agencies allow you to rent furniture pads, and it is an option you should certainly take.

✅   Moving Dollies – Using a dolly or a hand truck is a great way to transport a lot of items safely and efficiently. You minimize the energy spent on carrying the items from your home to the moving truck and from the moving truck to your new home. The benefits are particularly visible if you are going to be moving very large and heavy items. A refrigerator for instance. Without a dolly, you may need a few people to join in moving it but a dolly will drastically reduce how much manpower you need while still ensuring that the process is completed efficiently and with minimal risk of injury to anyone, or of damage to the items.


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Moving is one of those things that looks very attractive to DIYers. After all, it’s simple enough to just carry your things into a moving truck, drive it over to your new home and carry all the items out of the truck and into the house, right? Wrong.

In reality, there are a lot of complexities when it comes to moving that make it something that’s better left in the hands of people who have years of experience with it. There are many things that could go wrong, and if they do go wrong, would have a very negative impact on your moving experience (and even your experience in your new home). Damage to your property is the most obvious example here, but it’s far from being the only one.

The best way to go about it is to get a quote from a reputable moving agency to see how much it would cost to hire them. You’ll usually find that the cost is not as much as you thought, and well worth the service. Regardless, if you’re determined to go it alone, here are some of the common mistakes you’ll need to avoid:

Packing Every Single Item

Moving houses should be an opportunity to declutter and remove items that are no longer useful from your belongings. Sure, there’s some sentimental value in being able to say you have those magazines from 45 years ago, but you have to consider if it would not be a better idea to let them go and make more space in your house. Before you begin packing, take some time to do an inventory of all the items in your home that you need to take along with you. Think about each one and how it’s likely to be useful in the future, and you’ll see that many items will drop off the list naturally. Think of it as an opportunity to give some things out as well. You’ll be better off with a truly fresh start in your new home, and your move will be easier since there will be fewer items to deal with.

Not Getting Enough Supplies

There are many things that you will need, as you prepare your items for the move and through the actual move to your new home. Things such as boxes, wrapping material and even cleaning supplies are particularly important. If you forget or run out of any one of them, you’ll have to choose between wasting time and getting more stressed while you try to go get more, or looking for alternatives which will not be as good and which will likely put your items in danger of damage. Be sure to plan well ahead and get everything you’ll need.

Not packing your items Properly

How well you prepare your items for the move in the days before moving is as important as the actual moving trip, if not more. If you don’t prepare your items properly, you’ll likely find out, when you get to your new home, that quite a few of them have been damaged in the course of the trip. Something as simple as forgetting to wrap bubble sheets around some items could lead to shattered plates or damaged electronics. Failing to put padding on your furniture could also lead to permanent damage. The way to avoid this is to ensure that you conduct thorough research to find out how to protect each item and cover them appropriately with the right kind of material.

Not Labeling

As you pack by yourself, you’ll likely find yourself instinctively putting items in the boxes that are nearest to hand, and simply carrying them all to the truck afterward. That’s a terrible way to go about it because if you don’t box your items purposefully, you might put items in a box together which shouldn’t be together, and if you don’t take the time to do an inventory of all the items, you might find that you forget something or somehow lose some of your items in the course of the move. With proper planning, inventory and labeling, you’ll be able to keep track of all your items and quickly find anything you want when you get to your new home. This is particularly important if you don’t want to or cannot unpack everything immediately – you’ll be able to find exactly what you need in a jiffy instead of rummaging through all the boxes.

Forgetting to Change Your Address

You’re moving houses – wow, how exciting! In that excitement, it’s possible to forget that beyond, your neighbors, friends, and family, you also need to notify a few other people that you’re changing addresses. Depending on what you do for a living, the people whom you have to notify will differ greatly but generally, you must notify the utility companies as well as the mail service. Again, the procedure will vary but you can generally complete the process online to be sure that you don’t miss any mail while enjoying your new home.

Renting a Truck of the Wrong Size

This is another mistake that is easily avoided if you work with professionals. Many moving companies will usually be willing to evaluate what you need to move before giving a final quote, which will include the kind of truck that will be suitable for your needs. Many people who choose to DIY their move often end up with a truck that’s too small to carry their goods which could mean that they’d need to do multiple trips or one that’s way too big, in which case they would have spent much more money than they should have. A reason for these mistakes in estimation is that unlike professional movers who have experience fitting belongings into trucks, making a rough amateur guess could never be as accurate.

Not Packing and Driving the Truck Properly

People who have never driven a moving truck or other very large vehicles often make the mistake of thinking that driving one is just like driving a car, only bigger. Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes some time to get used to driving a moving truck in a way that’s safe for oneself, other road users, and the items in the back. It’s important to load the truck properly too, stacking the boxes well and strapping furniture and other large, heavy items like refrigerators securely to make sure nothing falls on other items during the ride. When driving, you will need to be more careful and be aware of road signs for large vehicles, such as clearance and weighing stations.


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Moving is a journey of two halves — packing and unpacking.

If you thought packing your belongings together was the hard part, you’ll likely find yourself rethinking that stance when you begin to unpack after getting to your new home. However, the process can get easier if you know the right things to do.

Below are a few tips to help your unpacking experience go smoothly and a bit stress-free.

Have unpacking in mind when packing. You can make unpacking easier if you plan ahead. While packing, try to label your boxes correctly. If you don’t have the time to label, then grab markers with different colors and distinguish the boxes. You could use red markers on your bedroom items, blue markers on your living room things, green for the kitchen, and so on.

Doing this will make you able to pack all the boxes you need for a particular room together and begin unwrapping with no confusion.

Start With the Bathroom. This room takes care of most emergencies that could arise at home, so you want to set it up early. You don’t want to answer the call of nature and discover that you’ve got no tissue paper in there, nor do you want to have to deal with cuts and scrapes without having quick access to your first aid box.

Pack a couple of towels, hand washes, soaps, and place them in the correct positions. Then install your shower curtains. You can then move to other areas of your home.

Next, Get Your Bedroom Ready. There’s a little chance that you’re going to get your packing 100% done in one day. You could plan to unpack all your things six hours after arriving, yet fatigue can set in after some time. At that point rest becomes unavoidable and it’s best to get your beauty sleep as comfortably as you can so you can recover all the energy you’ve lost in the course of the move and unpacking.

Having your bedroom —or at least your bed — set early enough will give your muscles and brain a nice break. You could even decide to sleep till the next day when you’ll resume unpacking.

Move to the Kitchen. Setting up your kitchen can be a bit tricky. The arrangements of the cabinets could be a little different from your former home, even more complicated. Unpack the essentials first; the plates, mugs, spoons, and forks. Then move to kitchen equipment such as juicers and blenders. Place the frequently used items where they can be easily accessed. The drawers closer to the ceiling should be used for items you won’t need too often.

After that, open your drawers and place your spices and ingredients. Your salt, baking powder, thyme, and others should be kept not too far from the cooking appliances. This will make it easy to reach when making meals.

Your larger appliances should come next. Plugin your microwave, electric cooker to see if they are working. You should give your refrigerator no less than 3 hours so the oil can settle in the compressor unit.

Then Attend to the Living Room. Start by sorting out your TV and connecting cables. You’ll need a lot of patience disentangling them if you didn’t fold them neatly while packing. Think of where you want to put up your pictures and arrange your books.

Your furniture arrangement is important to the beauty of your home. You’ll want to adopt a style that’s elegant and simple while maximizing the space available.

More tips.

  1. Play some good music. While you unpack, you need to keep yourself in your best mood. Unlock your music playlist and grab your headset. Dance if you want at intervals. Get the groove and adrenaline going. You’ll need all the good vibes to make your unpacking a smooth one.
  2. Have Some Snacks Handy. Unpacking is not a thing you just breeze through. It might take some time, depending on how much stuff you brought with you. And you may not be able to go fix yourself a hot meal while you’re at it. Order a pizza. Get some nuts and cookies. Something to ward off hunger in the meantime until your kitchen is set and you can cook a proper meal.
  3. Take Breaks: At some point, you may run into a jam. You might not find it easy choosing where you want an item placed or a picture set up. We all want to get the perfect look for our homes so this is sure to happen. Leave it awhile. Go out, take a breather, and allow some breeze blow through your hair. In a few minutes, your head will clear out and you’ll find it easier making those decisions.
  4. Delegate if You can. If you’re moving with your family, then that’s a big plus for you. Unpacking alone is okay but having an extra hand or more is something you can put to good use. You can tell the kids to decide how they want the living room set up. Borrow their ideas when arranging the kitchen. You might even want to engage the services of your moving company to help with unpacking. Some of them offer that as an add-on service and at the very least, you could get ideas from them regarding how to set things up properly.
  5. Make a Deadline. Getting unpacked on time requires a lot of discipline. Some people procrastinate things like arranging the cutlery or hanging their clothes in the wardrobe. They think they can get it done before the week runs out but after a month they’ll discover that there are still a lot of things to set up. Set a deadline. If it’s going to take a week, decide and stick to the plan. Leaving your items loosely in different places can make the process frustrating and tiresome. Keep working towards the deadline and when you’re done, you’ll be happy to look at your finished new home and smile with delight.

Please Don’t Forget…..

Observe proper hygiene. Your moving company would do their part to make sure your belongings are not contaminated but it is ideal to take extra safety measures. If your boxes were wrapped with blankets or slim plastic sheets, then you have to carefully remove them and dispose of neatly.

If they are not wrapped, you can select a few boxes you would be needing immediately, wipe them with bleach before you begin unwrapping. The rest can then be left outside for a few hours so any germs on the surface can die off.


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Moving day is right around the corner —are you ready? If you’ve already hired a moving company in New Jersey, consider the job more than halfway done. However, moving day can be a stressful and complicated process, especially if this is your first time transferring to a new home.

Nothing beats advanced planning and preparation to ensure the big day goes smoothly. Know what to expect on the day of the move, and how you should prepare for the task.


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