Typically during a move, you will be available and likely even onsite to help direct and oversee the entire process. Occasionally, though, a situation may arise where you have to orchestrate a move from afar. Whether you are unable to travel back home to oversee the move due to work responsibilities, travel restrictions, or health, there are ways to manage your move without actually being there to make sure everything goes smoothly. The following tips can help with this process.
1) Hire a Packing Service
There's no need to stress about your belongings if you hire a reputable packing service. A packing service will come into your home and pack up all of your belongings safely and securely. A packing service is thorough, so some direction will be needed. For example, work with the service beforehand to arrange any specifics, such as items to leave behind and not pack; otherwise, you may open a box to find a full trash can carefully set inside. When you aren't there to oversee the work, everything but those items you specify will be packed, and the boxes will only be labeled with the rooms they were packed in.
2) Arrange for a Destination
You may need to find a destination for your items, especially if you will not be needing them for some time. This may happen if you have a temporary work assignment or if you need to move a child out of a dorm for a short period of time due to a school closure or other emergency. In this case, determine whether you want items to go to a storage unit near the place you are moving from or whether you want the items transported to your current location. Some moving companies can provide their own storage.
3) Protect Your Belongings
Full-service movers handle all aspects of the move, from the packing to the unloading at the destination — whether that is your home or somewhere else. You should also make sure the movers are fully insured. Further, take out a policy for the move if you would have trouble replacing any items. The policy provides extra protection, particularly important if you aren't there to oversee the process. Some moving companies provide their own policies at a low cost.
Contact a residential moving service for more help in arranging a difficult move. The professionals can give you peace of mind when you can't be there to make sure everything is running smoothly.