How to Handle a Last Minute Move

On the first and third Thursday of the month, movers from across North America participate in a discussion on Twitter, called MoveChat, where stories, tips, and advice are shared. Every chat, we discuss a specific part of the moving process. This week the topic was, “How to Handle a Last Minute Move” and what follows is an edited transcript of the discussion. To view the full discussion, simply log into Twitter and follow the hashtag #movechat.

Q1. I’m Moving in a week and I’m totally unprepared, should I just go with the first quote I get?

PortageCartage No way Jose. Get one more quote just to make sure they’re comparable.

HAuston Not necessarily. Make the phone calls to reputable movers and honestly explain your situation.

PortageCartage Last minute moves are part of the summer rush, and movers get that. The good ones will always try to help.

jkmoving Don’t go with first quote you get. Take a deep breath, and get in-home estimates

Q2. What are some tips to help with Packing, Organizing, and Donating?

HAuston Start packing early, maybe a packing party. List items to donate. Time for a fresh start!

jkmoving Go room by room and do all three at the same time. Is it staying, going into trash or being recycled? Decide at once

PortageCartage If it’s a rush, be prepared to burn the midnight oil. Get help from friends/family. Drink strong coffee.

UrbanBound We suggest taking inventory of everything! Our app also helps you organize your move, so you don’t have to start from scratch

jkmoving (last minute) Packing party is a good idea because not only are you packing but you get to say goodbye as well

Q3. How can I involve my children in an emergency move?

jkmoving With a last minute move it might be tough for them to understand, but getting a map out and showing where they’re going helps

HAuston Explain the move and be supportive of their concerns.

UrbanBound Make it a game! Packing clothes, cleaning out the garage, wrapping glasses. Who ever finishes first (and does it right) wins!

PortageCartage If they’re too young to help, give them bubble wrap to play with. Good for hours!

movingpro Encourage kids to pack themselves. Keep them invovled. Give them fun stickers to label their boxes that go to their new room.

Q4. Any other tips or suggestions for handling a last minute/ emergency move?

PortageCartage Have reasonable expectations. A good mover will do everything possible to help, but be prepared for some chaos.

HAuston Stay as calm as calm as possible. Roll with it and life goes on.

jkmoving Try to control the chaos by using timelines available and speeding up the time. Expect late hours too.

UrbanBound Organization is key. Make a plan, keep everything together and have it be digital when possible so you can always access info.

movingpro Don’t stress. Let your moving company take care of things. Dedicate your whole day to moving.

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