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August 12th, 2004
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Moving Guide
My friends seem to move a lot. Or else it's just that I have a lot of friends, and they occasionally move. In any case, I've helped a lot of people move since coming to Boston. During the most recent one, I started thinking about putting together a moving guide. A web page (most likely) that gives advice for how to have a good move when you're doing it yourself with the help of friends.

I've been to good moves, and I've been to bad moves. Some of the bad things that happened were just bad luck (like majes's car getting hit during my last move), but most of the bad things could have been prevented (even majes's car getting hit. The reason it was hit was because it was sitting on the side of a road where it wasn't supposed to be parked. The reason it was doing that was because I got the moving truck stuck trying to make a corner, and he was going door-to-door looking for someone to move a car so I could get the truck through. Better route planning could have avoided all of that).

So, I'm soliciting advice from people, either things to do or things to avoid. If I get sufficient motivation, I'll pull everything together, add my own thoughts, and put it up on the Web as a community resource. So, got anything to say on the topic?

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Date:August 12th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)

First thoughts

If renting a truck, double-check that the company still has your reservation a day or two in advance. Also, make sure the truck is big enough for your stuff, or let people know it will be more than one load.

Pack things in smaller boxes (paper boxes are a good size); too large and it's hard on people's backs, as well as harder to fit into vehicles easily.

Finish packing in advance. Have good directions to the new place.

If it's permit parking only at either end, arrange with the municipality to have the space marked off, so the truck will have the best spot. If it's parking meters, this can also be done, though it may cost.
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Date:August 12th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)

following up on the truck item

Remember that, even if they do have your reservation, they may rent the truck to someone else. Have a backup, if possible.
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Date:August 12th, 2004 08:31 am (UTC)
Scheduling is good. So is giving people good directions and reasonable ideas about traffic so that they can show up on time.

Move on a weekday if at all possible.

Finish your packing, furniture disassembly, etc. two days before.
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Date:August 12th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
I helped sonata960 move a couple of weeks ago, and the move went very well. Here's a couple of things that I thought helped:

(1) Everyone who showed up was assigned tasks. There were people whose job it was to tape up boxes, pad furniture, and otherwise prepare items for being moved out. Others were in charge of actually transporting items from the apartment to the moving truck. I was in charge of figuring out the best way to fit everything into the truck. Such a breaking down of tasks helped the job move along more efficiently.

(2) When we arrived, sonata960 and her husband had already mapped out the new place, so as people removed items from the truck they were told precisely which room to move it to. (That goes in the living room, that in the front bedroom, etc.) This avoided needless clutter in any one space and, again, improved efficiency.

(3) Even if the weather is pleasantly cool and the items aren't particularly heavy, moving is tiring business. I don't care if the mover wants to treat people to pizza/beer/etc. afterwards to thank them, but they should, at the very least, have plenty of bottled water on hand to replenish all the lost fluids during the move. Being able to turn to that gallon jug of chilled water after moving a heavy piece of furniture sure helped keep me going.
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