Moving day can be stressful and arduous. However, there are a few simple ways to make a move easier at each step of the process.
All your plans, preparations, skillful organization, and hard work are for this moment. While the consequences of your moving journey will mostly depend on how well the D-Day will go. Multiple things aren't in your control and might go wrong on this important day. Perhaps, this will spoil your moving day, but if you know the trick you can manage it easily.
- What happens on a moving day?
- How can you best prepare for the big day?
- What are the important mistakes you need to avoid on this day?
Moving Tips for you to consider
Organization plays a vital role in the accomplishment of any task you do. So, if you want to organize your moving day well, here are some tips:
- You should stay focused on each task you do as a part of the moving process.
- Make sure to simplify your work and keep all the essentials with you.
- Ensure that you are up to date with the various things that are happening during the move.
Overall, if you want to achieve all this, prepare an effective moving day checklist and other essentials that you might need on this day.
Here we have a few things for which you may need to prepare before the moving day.
Choose a suitable moving option
Are you making a DIY move? Do you plan to hire professional movers? Regardless of the option you choose, we recommend you start preparing for it as early as possible.
- Don’t choose a moving company at the last moment. Instead, take your time to research and choose quality movers for your move.
- Connect and book your rental truck in advance as your moving truck might get booked if you are waiting until the last moment.
- If you are seeking the help of your friends request them to block the schedule on a moving day.
Declutter your possessions
It would be a great idea to declutter your belongings before you pack your moving boxes for the D-Day. We recommend you sort out your belongings into different categories and decide which items you want to take with you, which items you want to sell and which items you want to discard. If you do this, possibly you will have fewer items to pack and make your move smoother and easier.
Create a moving folder
We recommend you collect the rental or purchase paper, contract, and other paperwork from your new address. It seems a good idea to keep all these vital documents in a single folder. You should avoid relying on the soft copies of such vital documents as you never know when your phone or laptop batteries will die during the move. Moreover, you may find the need for any vital documents like payment terms or agreements during the planning process of your move.
Do your packing in advance
Mostly, you will plan your move weeks or months in advance. You can begin by packing all your off-season items, like sweaters or coats if you are moving in summer. Also, you can pack those books which you use occasionally. This will reduce your stress and worries when the moving day draws near as most of your possessions would already be packed.
Schedule the utility services for your new location
Once you know your moving date, you can call your utility service provider and schedule to turn on the utility services like internet, electricity, water, and gas at your new address. It would be a good idea to schedule these services ahead of time and keep them documented in your moving folder.
Pack the everyday essentials
Make your essential bag ready, perhaps the night before the move. You can bring a pair of clothes, toothpaste, toothbrush, toys, or stuffed animals for your kids. Don't forget to pack any important paperwork you have or any medications you take.
Tip: We suggest you keep this essential bag with you in the car, plane, or the truck cab in which you would be traveling. Unfortunately, if there's a catastrophe and your moving truck gets lost, you will have these essentials with you.
Buy the right moving equipment
You should make it a point to arrange all the necessary moving supplies at least a few days before the moving day. Of course, you may not want to run to stores to buy necessary equipment while packing your boxes at the last moment. Here are a few things which you may need to buy or order:
- Box cutters
- Permanent markers
- Adhesive bandages
- Paper towels
- Garbage bags
- Packing tape
If you have heavier items to move, you should consider renting the right moving tools from a moving company. In any case, if you have booked a moving company, they will provide you with the appropriate moving equipment. It would be a good idea to purchase the moving tools if you relocate frequently.
Here are a few types of equipment that you may need to either buy or rent:
- Furniture dolly
- Moving straps
- Furniture blanket
Rent a truck with a loading ramp
If you are making a DIY move, you will most likely have to rent a moving truck with a loading ramp. Though this would be costlier than only renting a truck, you will need it to lift heavy boxes or furniture pieces into the rental truck.
Here we have a few things that need to be followed on a moving day if you want to relocate smoothly and easily.
Things you should do on a moving day
Get up early from the bed- Since the moving day is going to be tiring and long, we suggest you go to sleep as soon as possible on the night before. It's important to have sufficient sleep at night as the next day will be hectic for you. Most importantly, you need to get up early in the morning so that there is enough time before the movers arrive at your door and you don’t have to accomplish things in a hurry.
Tip: Having a healthy breakfast with a cup of coffee can be ideal before you begin your moving journey.
Wear the right clothes- You should wear comfortable clothes that will be suitable for the weather conditions on a moving day. Avoid wearing loose and baggy outfits or big pieces of jewelry as this might get stuck in something. This can even make you fall and cause serious injuries. You should wear solid shoes with anti-slip soles and ankle support.
Prepare for moving day safety- You should take appropriate measures to prevent accidents and injuries during the crucial 24 hours of your move. Here are a few tips to avoid such incidents:
- Eliminate any barriers from the entrance and corridor of your house. Also, ensure that the path between the front gate of your house and the rental truck is clear of any debris or any other types of hazards.
- You can put anti-slippery covers on both the floors as well as the stairs of your house and protect your house from any kind of damage.
- You need to take proper care of your kids and pets on moving day. They might get disappointed or scared because of the hectic activities and the unknown people in the house. Possibly, they can even injure themselves by getting in the way. We suggest you request a family member or a close friend to take care of your kids on moving day. Alternatively, you can hire pet sitters or babysitters to take care of your furry babies and children respectively.
Click photographs- Consider clicking plenty of photographs of your items before the move. This would serve as solid proof in case anything gets damaged during the move. Also, it might serve as a visual aid for you at the time of reassembling your furniture or connecting your appliances after you reach your new house.
Welcome the movers- You should be ready to welcome the movers when they reach your house. Here’s what you need to do:
- Review the documents like bill of lading, order of service, inventory list, valuation addendum, and receipts.
- Take the movers around your house and provide them with all the relevant information.
- Let them know how to connect with you during the move if they have any questions to ask.
Create a positive and efficient moving experience- You need to check whether you have all the essential items needed for your move. Make sure to prepare healthy food and refreshments to keep yourself energized on this crucial day. You should make it a point to treat the movers with respect and tip them if you are satisfied with their service.
Finally, check your belongings- Cross check your belongings once everything has been loaded into the moving truck. You need to ensure that you haven’t forgotten anything in the house and that the movers have the correct address of your new home. We recommend you note down the driver’s name and contact information as well as share your contact information with them. Finally, you need to verify the date and time when your possessions will be delivered to your new location.
Leave your old house in good condition- Before moving out of the house, check whether anything has been damaged or not and clean the whole house for the last time. Make sure to lock all the doors and windows before you leave.
It would be a worthwhile idea to prepare a list of a few important contacts and keep it with you on moving day. Possibly, you can note down the emergency contact numbers of a friend, family member, or any other trustworthy person. Don't forget to keep the insurance company's details with you as well as the details of the hotel that you might have booked for this trip. If you do this, you can easily reach someone in case of an unfortunate incident during the most critical 24 hours of your move.