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Moving houses is a big decision, and there are innumerable factors that you need to consider when planning a move. The season, expected weather conditions, availability of a moving company, school schedules if you have kids, de-cluttering and how many belongings you actually need to move, and so on. Many moving companies also help you unload and unpack in your new home, and the extra help to set up the house can be a blessing. Among the many factors to consider are roads and access ways to your new home, especially for moving vehicles to park and unload. 

Working around tight driveways to unload your belongings

What if you discover that you need a large moving vehicle for all your belongings but that the said vehicle cannot fit into the driveway of your new home? What if it is a very narrow driveway? What if there isn’t enough space for the moving vehicle to turn around and manoeuvre? What if you are moving in the winter and piles of snow are making your driveway narrow and inaccessible? 

Here are a few things that you can do to work around tight and inaccessible driveways when moving into your new home: 

  • Check the location beforehand: Once you have finalized your home, plan your move, and know how big the moving vehicle will be, visit your new home again, if possible, and check whether the moving vehicle will fit in the driveway. Take measurements and talk to the moving company about the kind of space they need to park, manoeuvre, and unload your belongings. 
  • Keep an eye on the weather: If you are expecting bad weather or know that the weather might be unpredictable, keep an eye out for any major weather changes. Check for rain and flooding as well as heavy snowfall, depending on the season. Such conditions can make your driveway inaccessible or difficult to access for a large moving vehicle. If the weather seems to be especially bad, you might want to reconsider your moving date and move it around a bit, so you are not caught in bad weather. This will also help you ensure your belongings do not get damaged because of unloading and unpacking in bad weather. 
  • Inform the moving company in advance: If you think of anything, be it narrow driveways, bad weather, or any other factors that may affect the moving process, keep the moving company you have hired informed well in advance. If you are expecting especially bad weather, you can talk to the moving company about changing your dates a bit so it is easier and safer for them and for you to move. If you are expecting a space crunch at your new house, ensure you let the moving company know, They might be able to arrange a smaller vehicle for your belongings for the last mile, parking the larger vehicle safely a little distance away. 

Unpacking after a move by professionals 

If you want the moving company to unpack and arrange your belongings in your new home, here are a few steps you should take to make this happen and make the process smooth: 

  • Ensure that you inform the moving company well in advance that you need to need unpacking services. If they do not have such a service, you can either look for a different moving company or hire unpacking professionals to accompany the movers.
  • Have a plan for where you want your various belongings to be placed and arranged in your new home. Having a clear idea will help you direct the professionals easily and avoid confusion. It will also ensure that you do not have to rearrange large furniture and other items later on. 
  • If there are items that you do not want to unpack, mark these items and boxes clearly so the movers know which boxes and items they need to only unload and which ones need to be unpacked and arranged. 

Taking these steps will make unpacking easier and faster for you and for the unpacking professionals. It will also ensure that there is no time wasted trying to figure out what needs to be done and how various furniture and other items need to be arranged. 

Tips for a smooth move

  • Plan the move well in advance so you can book a moving company of your choice. Last-minute moves mean you may be able to get movers not of your choosing but based on availability. 
  • Create detailed checklists for every stage of moving so you can ensure you have not forgotten anything important or left our crucial details. 
  • Brief the moving company as to what you require and ensure they have understood all your requirements clearly. 

Having a detailed plan, checklists, and clear communication can help you move houses without too much hassle or confusion and reduce the stress of moving and setting up a new house. 


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