While we often move for exciting opportunities, the moving experience tends to be everything but exciting. In fact, if not planned out and not approached correctly, it can turn into a significantly negative experience. However, moving to a new home does not need to be the most overwhelming experiences of your life. All it takes is a bit of good planning and preparation, as well as some time and energy-saving maneuvers, and your moving day can go by as smoothly as possible.
Here is a list of 25 helpful moving day tips to ease the moving burden.
1. Clear Schedule
If it’s moving day, then your calendar for that day should be completely clear. Moving is an all-day event, and you should set the day aside for it. Even if your move ends quicker than you anticipate, you will need to spend the rest of the time unpacking and getting some well-deserved rest.
2. Make Lists
Because the day of the move will be hectic with dozens of things to keep track of, you must be prepared for all the things that need to be done ahead of time and all of the information that is pertinent to have on moving day. By taking the time to put together a comprehensive to-do list before moving day arrives, you will be able to remember all of the things that you need to take care of. With everything going on, without a list it’s easy to overlook some important things. Many great smartphone apps can make keeping lists easier. Lists are also helpful in the context of organization. With dozens of moving boxes, it will be hard to keep track of what you packed where. Luckily, if you keep a list of the packed items, you can get to anything as long as you can locate the box.
3. Charge Your Phone
Speaking of phones, the phone must be charged fully overnight heading into moving day. There might be multiple situations where you need to use your phone, and with every item in your belongings in transit, your lifeline to handling anything that might require contacting others or acquiring information at the drop of a hat will require a phone.
4. Wake Up Early And Have A Good Breakfast
Any mover will tell you that sleeping late and going on a near-empty stomach is a bad moving day life-choice. By getting up early and fueling your body with a hearty breakfast, you will give yourself hours of energy that you will surely need throughout the moving day’s progression.
5. Do As Little Of Last-Minute Packing As Possible
While the big items like heavy furniture (tables, beds, couches, chairs, etc.) will all be set to go, some smaller items which will not make sense to pack until the day you leave might amount to way too much packing time at the 11th hour. A good strategy is to keep a few boxes ready for these last-minute packages to get the remainder of your stuff and get your move on its way once it’s time to go.
6. Handle Your Personal Items
Movers will take care of loading your household items like furniture and any luggage/boxed belongings, but there will be certain smaller, personal items, that it is best to handle on your own. This may include phone chargers, change of clothes, important jewelry, heirlooms, vital identification documentation, credit cards, change of clothes, and other hard to replace or pertinent items.
7. Have The Bigger Things Packed
A good way to slow everything down during a move is by not being almost entirely packed by the time the movers arrive. To expedite the process, have all but your small, essential, and personal belongings that you will potentially need on the day of the move before the movers show up. That way they can operate quickly with all of the items suitable packed and ready for them.
8. Dress For A Move
Make sure your clothing attire is conducive to the move you are engaging in. Whether you are just taking a few dozen steps to the truck from your front door or helping in carrying out pieces of furniture, you need to dress for the move appropriately. Make sure your clothes are comfortable but not loose. Consider wearing comfortable shoes or boots with laces. Wearing long sleeves is recommended to avoid most scrapes and bruises. Loose clothes can have wires, hangers, and other items get caught on them. That is the last thing you need on an already tiring day.
9. Do Not Shut Off Utilities Ahead Of Moving Day
One key mistake often made by owners ready to move is to have the utilities shut off on the morning of the move. However, depending on how moving day goes, those utilities will need to be used during the day as well. If the move runs late, you will need lights. If you and the movers are there all day, someone will need the bathroom as well. It is important to take care of shutting those things off once the move has been completed, or arranging for it to happen on the following day ahead of the moving day event.
10. Make Arrangements For Pets And Children
The move is going to be enough work without having to worry about where your kids or pets are, and perpetually being concerned that they are not getting hurt or engaging in mischief out of boredom. If you have friends or relatives who can take the kids or pets for the majority of the moving day, that would be ideal. If that is not an option, make sure there is a room designated in the house where they could spend the time while you and the movers do the heavy lifts.
11. Have a First Aid Kit Nearby
Carrying boxes and furniture around rarely ends without at least some type of physical ailment. Hopefully, if there is any, it is minor, but a tough day of moving does not need to be made tougher by getting scratched and not having any means of remedy. Make sure an essential first aid kit is available while you are packing away your belongings.
12. Have Food and Water Available
Setting aside food and water is very important. A move can take hours and usually does. During that time, you, any assistants you have, and the movers will need some nourishment to reinvigorate the energy levels. It is important to consider that while pizza is a popular moving day food, the grease and cheese will actually make you and your assistants more lethargic, so plan on some energy-boosting food items instead. Of course, hydration is also essential, so either water or drinks with thirst-quenching properties and electrolytes (like sports drinks) are an essential presence during the moving day activities.
13. Have Cash On Hand
Movers earn a salary, that’s true, but they often do bull-work like moving heavy furniture into lifts or up and down tight staircases, for wages that are not comparable to their job. If you are impressed by their service, you can show them extra appreciation by tipping them. Since that cannot be done with credit cards or checks, having some cash on hand to hand to them as an extra thank you is always a good idea.
14. Leave Out Some Cleaning Supplies
You may be a neat person, but there are a lot of areas in your home that collect dust and grime in areas that you just may not be able to reach. It is almost definite that some areas will need to be touched up, so keep a broom, dustpan, and some sanitizing sprays or wipes for some last-minute cleansing.
15. Easy On The Nostalgia
When packing, it may be tempting to get lost in reliving memories of your now former home in your mind. It is very easy to go into the nostalgia rabbit hole of looking through old photo albums or flipping through binders of pictures. This wastes precious time on a day where you won’t have enough of it, so it’s best to consciously avoid doing so.
Just because you are moving, does not mean you need to bring everything with you. As you pack you might find that there are things you forgot you had because you haven’t used them in years. Really evaluate if there are still any uses for it and if there is a genuine chance you will not be using those again. As tempting as it is to rationalize keeping everything you own, you would be giving yourself less to move and saving yourself loads of moving time by getting rid of things you likely won’t use.
17. Be Prepared With Moving Equipment
Everything you need to pack should be acquired long before the move. This goes from rented dollies to tape for boxes. Even markets to label boxes are a good idea to just get way ahead of time. That way, you are not scrambling in the days or hours before the move to acquire something you neglected.
18. Consider Spreading The Move Out
Depending on where you are moving, it may not be the worst idea to split an especially loaded move into 2 days. Perhaps the movers can take all of the packed boxes and large, heavy furniture items on day 1, while you pick up the smaller boxes on day 2.
19. Photograph Valuable Or Breakable Items
This will be your proof that they were in one piece as you packed them. A lot of things can happen during the move, and if there is damage, you will need to have proof if there is the hope of redeeming any coverage for the damaged item from the moving company.
20. Label Electronic Connections
Chances are with all the multimedia going on behind your TV it will be tough to keep track of how things are set up and connected to each other. You will make your life a lot easier by organizing everything and making sure that things are labeled in such a way that you can quickly reconnect them once your move is complete.
Aside from the earlier mentioned tips for movers, make sure all of the payments to the moving company are worked out ahead of time so that will be one less thing you have to worry about on moving day. If the payments have been made, then the movers are going to show up and start assisting you in your moving endeavor.
22. Know Where You Are Headed
This one may sound silly, but it is always good to have directions to where you are going in hand. After all of the packing and moving, you will be entirely too tired to put up with the frustration and exhaustion of getting lost or turned around on your way to your new place.
23. Label All Of Your Boxes
If you notice any of your boxes did not get labeled during your packing, make sure you do so before they get put on the moving truck. It might be as simple as peeking inside to realize where they belong. You will make your life easier when you are ready to unpack by having everything labeled.
If you have not hired movers, it is vital you get some assistants (friends, family) to help you with the move. If you hired professional movers, it is best to let them do their jobs as quickly and efficiently as possible, so try to stay out of their way. They charge by the hour unless a flat rate has been agreed upon, so any interference with the work will end up costing you more due to delays.
25. One Final Walkthrough
Once everything is packed, before you close up the doors for the last time, do one final sweet of the entire premises. Sometimes you might find a loose possession left off somewhere, or a wire you meant to grab. You are off on a new adventure and a new stage in life, just make sure you grab everything you want and need from the old place. Getting back in there once it has a new owner to get your things might not be doable.