Moving day has arrived! You feel excited, filled with dread, or a mixture of both.
If you organized your move in advance and followed these useful tips, today is the exciting start of your new adventure.
The key to a stress-free moving day is advance planning, a good attitude, and flexibility.
Make Your Moving Day A Breeze by Doing These Easy Things:
Make A List
Chances are you’ll be juggling a lot of things as your moving day approaches. It’s easy to forget important tasks like defrosting the freezer, and you definitely don’t want to wait until the last minute for things like that.
Make a list of everything you need to do related to your move. Cross off completed items, and add things as you think of them.
Remember to have all of your boxes labeled. You can find a good system for labeling boxes here.
Simply having a list relieves a great deal of stress because your mind can focus on other things.
It’s tempting to think you’ll remember everything, but how many times have you returned home from the store and realized you forgot an important ingredient?
It happens, but you don’t want it to happen on your moving day.
Keep a running list of moving tasks and mark off each item as you accomplish it. Doing this will eliminate 90% of your moving day headaches.
Utilities, Water, Cable, Waste Removal
Double-check before moving day to confirm that all utilities will be activated. In general, you should keep utility service for two days after your move-out date in your current home. Arrange a final reading of your meters.
Set up utilities in advance for your new home. You usually need at least 48 hours but may need as much as three weeks’ notice to have your service activated in your new home, so coordinate this in advance.
You want to have lights and air conditioning or heat ready on moving day.
Don’t arrange for technicians to arrive on moving day for installing cable or other non-essential utilities. Moving day is for moving.
It may be calming to take a few minutes at the start of moving day to find a quiet spot and meditate or reflect.
If you practice mindfulness, you can visualize any worries you have about the move and acknowledge them.
Concentrate on your breathing and allow your body to relax.
Taking time for yourself can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Mindfulness can help you to remain productive and mentally present throughout the busy moving day.
Moving Day Arrival Box
This moving day arrival (or survival) box should contain items you will need immediately upon arrival, and during your first 24 hours at your new home.
- Paper Plates and Cups
- Coffee Pot (and coffee), Tea bags
- Soap and Dish Detergent -Dish detergent can substitute for hand soap in a pinch.
- Toilet Paper -Pack toilet paper (!) in your Moving Day Arrival box. Trust me, this is one of the easiest things to forget and one of the most inconvenient.
- Shower Curtain
- Spoons, forks, knives or plastic
- Lamp or light if needed
- Contact Lens Solution, Toothpaste, and Bathroom Necessities
- Medication (Especially Prescriptions)
- SPF sun protection - If you will be spending several hours outside moving, the last thing you want is a nasty sunburn.
- Jacket, Umbrella, Boots (Depending upon climate) - Consider the weather conditions where you are currently, as well as where you will be moving to. Take appropriate gear so you’re comfortable while moving.
- Pet Food, Pet Dish
Bring Your Chargers for Your Phones
Make sure you pack your charger cord, stand, or whatever your phone or notebook needs in your Moving Day Arrival box.
Children and Pets
If you have children, pets, or both, you need to have a plan in place well before moving day.
This is not something to decide at the last second.
Are your children old enough to help with the move? Are they willing to help? If not, arrange to have them stay with relatives or friends.
If you are moving to a new home without family near, consider hiring a sitter to look after your children so you can focus on the move.
Pets can become stressed during a move just like people. Arrange for care in advance.
Have a portfolio (or a folder on your smartphone) of necessary phone numbers, including utility companies.
Compile all documents, contracts, and identification, important papers, you’re your lease if applicable.
You should keep everything important with you during your move.
Organizing your paperwork in a portfolio or briefcase will save you time during moving day, and you will immediately know where everything is.
Snacks and Drinks
Keep a variety of drinks and snacks on hand for moving day.
You want to keep your energy levels high while not having to stop and prepare food.
It’s important to remain hydrated, and you’ll want to have drinks on hand to offer to your moving crew.
It’s always useful to have a little cash on hand during a move.
If you are using professional movers, a tip is considered a much-appreciated courtesy.
If friends or family are helping with the move, you may want to treat them to dinner, hand out gift cards, or say, “Thank you,” in another meaningful way like movie tickets.
Cleaning Supplies/Garbage Bags for a final run-through
Even if you planned your move perfectly, there is always a little cleaning to be done on the final day you move out.
A small bucket of cleaning supplies can be very handy for the last-minute cleaning and polishing.
Have a couple of garbage bags for any forgotten remnants.
Spray cleaner, paper towels, and a pair of gloves will be sufficient for the final tidying of your old home and equally useful on moving day if you want to prepare your new home.
Camera and Resealable Plastic Bags
Your camera is very useful when moving, and not only to take photos of your new home.
As you pack your electronics or things that require assembly, snap a photo of the setup so you can refer to it when you set things up in your new house.
When you disassemble electronics, keep the screws, nuts, bolts, and cables for each item in its own plastic bag, clearly labeled.
This will make reassembly in your new place fast and easy.
If you rent, it’s always a good idea to take dated photos of your home the way you left it when you departed.
If there are any questions about damages, the photos can be useful to show you left your place in good condition.
Get Up Early - Be Ready When Movers Arrive
Sticking to your normal schedule as much as possible on moving day will help you remain relaxed and energetic.
Awaken early enough to have a nutritious breakfast, finish the last bit of packing, and be ready to greet the movers.
Staying up late the night before will only leave you feeling exhausted.
Plan ahead so you wake up feeling prepared on your moving day.
Dress comfortably! Keep in mind you may be doing lifting, bending, sitting for extended periods of time.
It’s critical to wear stable, comfortable shoes on moving day.
Set aside comfortable clothing and shoes for the day of your move.
Walk Through Your Home One Final Time
Don’t forget to turn in your keys, if necessary.
Do you need to schedule a walkthrough of the property with your landlord?
Make an appointment in advance with your landlord so you don’t have unexpected delays on moving-out day.
You are ready for this! You prepared in advance, and you’ve followed this Successful Moving Day Guide.
The best way to deal with any unexpected moving day surprises is to laugh and know there’s nothing you can’t handle.
A smile puts everyone at ease.
Moving Day Doesn’t Have to Be Hard
A successful moving day starts with the preparations you make in advance.
If you’re looking for professional movers, contact Network Moving for an estimate.
Follow the above tips and your moving day will be no more than a minor inconvenience.
You might even have fun during the process.
Welcome to your new home!