Moving day is finally here, and as with every major change in your life, you’re probably worried that something might go wrong. You can put your mind at ease with a little bit of preparation and diligence. By putting some forethought into your move, and by following some helpful moving day tips, you’ll be getting settled into your new home in no time.
First of all, you should create a moving day checklist to make sure that you don’t miss anything. This list should include tasks such as:
- Organizing your Stuff
- Loading Up
Organizing your Stuff
On the morning of the move day, you should make sure that all of your boxes are properly labeled and grouped up according to their origin. This will help you to make sure that the room’s contents all stay as together as possible when it comes time to load the truck and cars. Using proper labels can save you days of time searching for the toaster or coffee machine!
One easy way to label your boxes is with colored markers. You can use a different color for every room, making it easy to group the right boxes in the right area when you arrive at your new home. Make sure that you label each side of the box, so that way it’s easy to see the room destination from every angle.
Now that you have everything organized, you should try your best to keep it that way when it comes time to load up the truck. Stack your boxes as tightly as you can, and fill the truck all the way to the roof of the cargo hold. The more you can fit into the truck safely, the fewer trips you’ll have to make and the less miles you’ll owe the rental company. If you’ve hired movers to help you, they’ll be able to accomplish this easily as they’re experts at packing trucks to the gills.
Once everything is fully loaded and you’re ready to head out for the last time, do a final walkthrough through the house. Make sure you check the walls for any dings or damage that occurred when hauling out bulky items, make sure that all of the lights are turned off, make sure the stove is off, and make sure that all the closets are completely empty.
One other moving day tip we have for you during this process is to take note of where your meter readings are. This way you can easily compare what the utility company charges you for your final bill with your notes to ensure you aren’t paying for usage you aren’t responsible for.
Once you arrive at your new home, take a quick walk through the rooms and point out which boxes go where. Labeling the doors with some Post-It Notes will help your movers remember where to drop things off at. Make sure that all your utilities, toilets, appliances, lights, and everything else are all in working order. Nothing will be worse than finding out the lights in a bedroom are burned out at 9:30 at night.
Make sure that your boxes are getting to the proper destination during the unloading process. Movers are always really good at making sure this happens, but everyone can make mistakes from time to time. Once everything is unloaded, make sure you triple check the cargo hold so you don’t forget something. After all this, it’s up to you to start unpacking! We recommend starting with the bedrooms so everyone can have as comfortable of a first night as possible. This is especially important after such a busy and draining moving day.
Additional Moving Day Tips
- If you have young kids or pets, make sure that they have a sitter or someplace safe to hang out while the moving process is going on. You don’t want anyone to accidently get hurt or underfoot.
- Make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks in order to keep everyone’s energy up. You movers will greatly appreciate the gesture as well.
- Have a plan for if the weather is bad that day. Moving in the rain is never fun, but if you keep some painters plastic wrap handy you can easily provide protection for your stuff. If the temperature is spiking drastically, take plenty of breaks so you don’t overheat.
- If the opportunity arises, introduce yourself to your new neighbors!
If you’d like some assistance with your move day activities, consider bringing a professional mover on board. Here at MoveLine, we can provide you with several quotes
from qualified candidates near you, allowing you to easily shop for the best mover possible.