Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan. As much as you don’t want it to happen, there are still chances of your moving company delivering your household goods past the agreed time.
What do you do then? The most sensible thing to do is to contact the company first to get information. If they don’t respond, inform the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration immediately about the situation. On the other hand, if they do respond and have a good enough reason for the delay, there’s no need to fret.
Whether you’re waiting for a local professional mover in Broward County or a national moving company, you don’t have to panic. Take a deep breath, and when you’ve rested enough, there are other things you can do at home while waiting for your belongings.
Take Out the Essentials Box
You packed an essentials box and brought it with you for this exact reason: moving van is late. You could say it’s like a survival kit. It has all the things you need to last at least a day, or a week if it’s a big box.
Your essentials box, or the first-night box, should contain the basic things you need. These include your hygiene items, such as some clothes, body soap, toilet paper, toothbrush and toothpaste, towels, trash bags, and paper towel. Additionally, the box should contain kitchen items like plastic utensils, snacks, plates, and glasses, as well as beddings, medications, emergency kits, and pet items.
With this box, even if your moving company doesn’t arrive as expected, you’re not left hanging – you can last a few more days.
Assure Your Family
Remember what happened to Riley Andersen of the movie Inside Out after all the mishaps of their relocation? For those who don’t know, all the stress of moving (including the late arrival of the moving van) led to a string of emotional chaos for the young girl. You don’t want the same thing happening to your family, especially if you have young kids.
Keep your family entertained and updated about the moving van. If you have enough energy to check out the neighborhood, you should do so. Have your family members familiarize themselves with the new environment and maybe make new friends.
Check Any Damage at Home
Sure, you may have checked the new place multiple times before you decided to move in. But there are still possibilities that you may have missed something. Before bookshelves and pieces of furniture arrive, you can use this time to check for anything at your new home that may need repair. If there is any damage, see if you have something in your essentials box you can use, such as a hammer and nails. If you do, try to repair the damage.
On the other hand, if the house doesn’t need any repair, use the time to clean your new place. Sweep, vacuum, and mop. You can even make these chores a family bonding.
Sketch a Floor Plan
When you have an empty house, you have a blank canvass. Without the moving boxes or a big couch to block the room, you can plan better how to decorate your home.
Decide where your furniture goes, where to hang artwork, and who will have which room. The entire family can participate in this. Take a piece of paper and a pen and sketch how the family perceives the new home. Doing this will not only help you become more organized once your belongings arrived and you have to unpack. But, it’s also a way for the entire family to feel like the new home is home.
It’s natural to get nervous when your movers don’t arrive on time. However, if they have already confirmed they got the address right and are on their way to deliver, you shouldn’t stress. Instead, make your waiting time productive.