Last Minute Moving Tips

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How To Make A Moving List

It’s getting closer to moving day and you’re in a frenzy. There’s no need to rush! Take your time, and you’ll be able to handle everything more effectively. Our expert tips will help you keep your head in the game as you prepare for your big moving day. 

 

1. MAKE A LIST OF THINGS TO DO ON MOVING DAY

Write out everything that needs to be done on moving day in a notebook, on a piece of paper, or even in your phone, to make sure every necessary task is accounted for. Making this list will help you delegate tasks to your roommates, friends or family, helping you free up more time to get things done yourself. Having a plan increases the efficiency of your move and makes the chance of any last-minute mishap much smaller. 

 

2. TALK TO UTILITY COMPANIES IN ADVANCE

The sooner you set-up accounts, installations and/or start-up dates for your utilities, including electricity, gas, water, internet, cable, and phone services, the sooner you’ll be able to seamlessly use them. No one wants to spend a day without any internet access. With all the utilities set up in your new home soon after your moving day, there’ll be more time to unpack and get acquainted with the new home. 

 Take Time to Pack Up Boxes

 
3. SCHEDULE YOUR MOVE WITH BOTH BUILDINGS

When moving in (and out) of apartment buildings, it’s often necessary to schedule everything with the building ahead of time to prevent gridlock on the necessary elevators. If you’re moving in or out of an apartment building, make sure to pick a reasonable time to move in/out, to allow the building to prepare for the arrival/departure (IE: It’s unlikely that a 9:00 AM move in time will work out, since the move out will take time). 

 

4. MANAGE YOUR NEW ADDRESS

A new home means a new address, which means a lot of address updating needs to be done. A quick way to make sure you don’t miss anything is by having mail sent to the new address via USPS Mail Forwarding. Movers should change their address everywhere to prevent further need for forwarding, including: at their bank, schools, medical providers, insurance providers (automobile), credit cards, place of work, amazon account, as well as on voter registrations, in mail subscriptions (magazines/newspapers, etc), and at the IRS/DMV, etc. (there are likely other  places for each person that moves. Use your brain!)

 

5. PACK A “DAY ONE” BOX

Ever tried to find exactly what you need when you’re not sure which of your 50 boxes it’s in? It’s not an ideal situation. Packing a “Day One” box with all the items you want to use on the first day in your new home is an easy way to avoid that nightmare scenario. This could include pillows, hygiene products, toilet paper, first day outfits, tools, phone/laptop chargers, and whatever else you deem necessary for the first day in your new home. It’s your box after all; if you’ll need an energy bar in the middle of your moving day, feel free to throw it in. 

 Hire Moving Professionals to move big household items

 
6. ONLY PACK WHAT YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE PACKING 

Moving companies will almost always offer packing services for their customers at no cost greater than the time it takes to pack the items and the materials used. If there is an item that could be broken if not packed correctly, leave it to the professionals. Your movers will almost certainly have dealt with similar items before and are adequately prepared to pack your items in a way that will protect them from being damaged or broken. 

 

7. CLEAN BEFORE MOVE-IN

There’s no better time to clean your home than when it’s completely empty. Without any furniture blocking certain passages in the home, there won’t be any tough to reach spots where dust and dirt can hide from the reach of a vacuum or a swiffer. Don’t miss the opportunity to remove any debris or trash from those tricky enclosed spots where your stuff will go. 

Don't forget to eat while moving!

 

8. REMEMBER TO EAT ON SCHEDULE

Energy on moving day is key, and skipping meals does nothing to add to your energy supply. Remember to eat on time, whether that means grabbing a quick sandwich from a nearby deli or packing an energy bar in your previously mentioned first night box. It’s foolish to assume you’ll be better off without eating on moving day; it’s simply untrue. A full breakfast and a hearty lunch will much better prepare your body for the rigors of moving day. 

 


 

For more moving tips, check out our Moving 101 page.

 

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