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Surprising Things You Need to Do Before the Movers Arrive

If you’ve taken advantage of the Piedmont Home for the Holidays limited-time sales event running through December 31, 2019, then you may already be getting your old home packed up and ready for the movers to get you into your new home. If you haven’t taken advantage of the Home for the Holidays special sales event, there’s still time to get one of the outstanding Atlanta metro homes for sale at a great price. Either way, if packing is in your future, here are some tips on what you need to do to prepare for the big day when the movers arrive.

First off, if you live in an apartment building or in a neighborhood where the moving truck may cause a blockage, make sure plans are already in place, including getting use of a service elevator or making sure there is a viable place for the moving truck to park during loading. You need to essentially clear a space for the movers to work that won’t impede others. Similarly, you should make sure there’s a clear path in your own home that allows the movers to pass through easily, especially when moving large items. Try to keep boxes stacked against walls and out of the way of foot traffic.

Regardless of whether you’ve sold your home or are in the process of selling, when it comes time to move out, it’s important to make sure the floors and carpets remain in the same condition. Make sure the movers are aware in advance of any special wood or tile flooring that could be damaged, as well as carpet that could be dirtied or stained. They should come prepared with the necessary floor coverings to keep your floors protected throughout the move.

While moving boxes is relatively easy for movers, the larger items do take extra care for a multitude of reasons. For example, if there are large pieces to move intact, make sure that any light fixtures, molding, and other decorative elements are protected and that the movers are aware of potential hazards. Similarly, if you have a large item that you put together in your home, make sure to measure it to be positive it will actually fit through hallways and doorways. You don’t want to live out the “Pivot!” scene from that Friends episode. You also don’t necessarily want a large piece of furniture broken down into parts if you’re not sure you’ll be able to put it back together without help.

If you have children and pets, it’s also important to keep them in mind on moving day. Ideally, they should stay with friends or family, out of the way. If they will be staying with you, you may want to clear out one room completely and let the kids and pets stay in there, keeping them safe and out of harm’s way. Pets can often make a break for it and young children running around could potentially get caught underfoot of the movers, risking harm to everyone involved.

While it’s not always necessary for you to be there for the whole loading process, it does help to have at least one person on hand to answer any questions that may arise, especially if there are any issues regarding certain pieces of furniture. You don’t need to hover; just be on hand to deal with any potential questions.

If you’re only moving across town, you should be in your new home by the end of the day. If you’ve bought one of the Atlanta metro homes for sale and are coming from another city or state, your mover will have already alerted you to when to expect your belongings. If you do have to wait, have fun in your brand new Piedmont Residential home, camping out, and doing any last-minute plans for furniture arrangement. Buying a home for the holidays means your movers may have fewer stops along the way, so you probably won’t have to wait as long to get fully settled into your wonderful new home.

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