Moving day has arrived! You’ve planned, organized, found the perfect moving company, packed everything up, donated what you don’t need, and are ready to get out of your old place and into your new home or apartment! Awesome, right!? Well, we hate to break it to you, but there are still a few things left to do before you can say goodbye to your old digs and start new.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a moving day checklist. Read on for more tips on how to have a successful moving day.
#1 Wake up early
Don’t rush in the morning. Even if you’ve packed everything and did all of the organizing, there’s always some last-minute thing to do. Plus you want to allow some time to relax, have a coffee and eat some breakfast. Avoid unnecessary stress and make sure that you give yourself enough time before the movers get to your home.
#2 Pack any last-minute items
Remember those toiletries you left out? Or those last minute clothes?
Even if you pack everything up before your actual move, there will still be a few items left. After your shower, pack up all of your bathroom items and then pack up your kitchen perishables. Consider throwing anything out that will melt or go bad during the duration of your move.
#3 Do a final sweep of your home
You might of already gone through every cupboard at least three times, but it’s always good to go through your home one more time. Make sure that you visit every room, checking the cabinets, closets and storage spaces. If you have a large home, you want to make sure that you check the basement, attic, driveway or your guest house.
#4 Greet your movers
Once your movers arrive to give them a walkthrough of your house or apartment, highlighting any fragile boxes or the furniture pieces that you need to have disassembled. Ideally, your boxes would be clearly labeled but it’s always a good idea to discuss what you want and not assume your movers will know how you want everything loaded.
#5 Moderate the move
It’s always a good idea to stick around during the moving process. Talk to your movers and be there to answer any questions about the move.
#6 Final sweep
Once everything is loaded up onto the moving van, look around your home one more time. You might have some garbage to take out, or in some instances you might have to clean your place before you leave. Consider hiring a cleaning company to do this part or if you have to clean it, enlist some friends to help you. Once everything is done, lock your door and head to your new home.
#7 Guide the movers
Give the movers a walkthrough to your new home. Let them know what room boxes should go in.
#8 Tip your movers
After all of the boxes are in your house and your furniture is reassembled, it’s time to tip your movers. While this is optional, it is a nice thing to do after a long day of lugging, lifting and putting together your furniture. The movers also work as a team where the driver would divide the tip amongst the group. Consider this as you factor in how you felt that they did during the entire moving process.
#9 Unpack only the essentials
Once your movers leave, unpack some of the essentials you will need that evening or the next day. This will likely include your bathroom essentials.
#10 Finally relax
It’s been a long and exciting day. Take the time to finally chill and relax. Consider getting takeout and relaxing with a book, or get some fresh air by grabbing a bite in your new area.
Moving can be a really stressful experience. One way to ensure that everything runs smoothly is to create a moving day checklist. This can allow you to streamline your moving day, making sure that you complete the remaining things left to do. It is also a huge help so that you don’t forget anything before you head to your new place.