After all the weeks and months of planning, the big day is finally here. It’s time to move! You’re going to do this! You’ve searched and found the perfect new home for yourself and your family. You’ve booked the best moving company, packed the belongings you want to move into boxes, and donated or discarded the rest.
You have a plan to transport your pets and keep your kids busy during the trip, and have plane tickets or your driving route mapped out. You’re ready to turn in the keys to your old home and head to your new home, whether it’s just across town or across the country.
Now, it’s time to get everything going. Moving day is the official start of your big adventure. Here are some tips to make moving day a breeze.
1. Get Up Early and Have a Good Breakfast
You’ll probably do this anyway because you’re all revved up, but it’s a great idea to get up early on moving day. Not only because the movers might show up bright and early, but also to take care of all the last-minute arrangements before the moving starts. To reduce stress, you’ll want to ensure you have enough time in the morning.
You’ll also want to have a good breakfast. Moving takes a lot of energy, even if you’re not carrying all the boxes and furniture yourself. You might not get lunch, and dinner may be late, so you’ll want to start the day with a good boost of calories. You’ll want to hydrate and have snacks throughout the day as well.
2. Pack Final Items
Even after your days and weeks of packing, some items will be left. Pack up your bathroom items and kitchen perishables. To ensure nothing is left, go through all the cabinets, drawers, closets, and storage areas one more time. Remember to check the attic and basement.
Also, check your essentials box and ensure it has what you’ll need to carry to your new home for your first week. This includes toiletries, towels, kitchen utensils, and sheets and comforters.
3. Clear a Path for the Movers
While you’ve been packing, you might have boxes and furniture scattered everywhere. This makes it hard for the movers to get to your stuff and load it in the moving truck. It also increases the risk of injury and damage to your property and the home.
So clear wide paths out the door and into the driveway or the parking lot where the truck will be. Take out any obstacles like boxes, random belongings, trash, and debris. Also, carefully examine the paths for fall hazards like raised thresholds, spilled liquids, leaves, snow, and ice.
While you’re going through the home, it’s also an excellent chance to mentally review any instructions you’ll want to give the movers, such as what to move and what not to. Professional movers work quickly, so you’ll want to be able to direct them and answer their questions promptly.
4. Dress Safely
If, like most people, you’re moving in the summertime, you may be tempted to wear a t-shirt or tank top, shorts, and flip-flops. But dressing this way on moving day is begging for skinned knees or shins and stubbed toes. It’s best to wear comfortable but protective clothing like long sleeves and pants and closed-toed shoes with non-slip soles, such as sneakers. Clothes should not restrict your movements but should not be so loose they can get snagged on doorknobs and garden tools.
5. Welcome the Movers
When the movers arrive at the appointed time, welcome them and show them around. Give them specific instructions about what to move, then step out of the way and let them do their jobs.
You’ll also want to be a good host: show them where the bathroom is (make sure it’s well-supplied with paper products and liquid soap) and prepare some refreshments. If it’s a hot day, they’ll appreciate it if you have cold drinks or bottled water on hand. Besides that, be available to answer any questions the movers may have for you.
You’ll also want to observe the loading of your stuff into the truck. You’ll want to ensure the movers don’t miss any boxes or furniture items, but also don’t load anything they shouldn’t. The movers may give you an inventory list and bill of lading. Be sure to keep these, as you’ll need them at the other end to ensure everything arrives.
6. Be Careful When Signing Documents
On moving day, you’ll want to be careful about signing documents. Always take the time to review each document before signing, and of course, never sign a blank document. If you have any questions about a document, be sure to ask.
Following some common-sense tips on moving day will help you make a smooth, successful move. Relax and breathe easy. You’ve got this!
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