With a moving day around the corner you need to be attentive and keep the moving process on the track. Although the best would be to get some sleep the night before the big day, there is something that’s holding you back. You are constantly under the impression that you are forgetting something.
Go through your final checklist so as to ensure everything’s been taken care of before the movers arrive.
One day before the move – checklist
– Get in touch with the moving company and confirm the timetable and that everything’s prepared for the big day. Confirm once again the exact time of their arrival.
– Finish the packing and label each box properly. Mark fragile items.
– Have some friends help you with heavy lifting if necessary.
– You are to disassemble large pieces of furniture before your movers arrive, unless you have agreed that they will do that for you. In case they will do all the packing, group the items separately so your movers will know how to handle them.
– Disconnect and unplug the electronics at least 24 hours before the moving day.
– Defrost the fridge unless you are moving short-distance with some food in it, which is not recommended.
– Keep washing machine door open so as to prevent mold.
– Pack an essentials box containing all the items you are going to use on the moving day and during the first few days in your new place: medicine, important prescriptions, toys, clothes, toiletries, towels,…
– Prepare a bedding box.
– Pack a snack box. Have refreshments, cold and warm drinks (depending on the season) and snacks handy all the time on a moving day.
– Make sure your outdoor and garden pieces of furniture are clean and dry, otherwise they may contaminate other items inside the moving truck.
– Submit change of address form while you are still in your current home.
– Have some cash on hand. If you are using movers’ services, you should also tip them.
– If you are moving long-distance with a pet, make sure to check all the arrangements.
– Reserve parking space for the moving truck. Sometimes special parking permits are required.
– Inform your building management about the move and check whether there are some restrictions as to the timing and elevator reservation. You need to get the approval from the property manager that you can use the elevator and perform the move on a specific day and time. Luckily, most high-rises have service elevator which are used for maintenance and moving purposes.
– Create a floor plan. Mapping out the position of your appliances and furniture in the new house/apartment will ensure your peace of mind during the move.
– If you are moving long-distance consider making hotel reservations in advance.
– Have baby supplies handy containing diapers, blankets, food, bottles, clothes,…
– Dispose of garbage and clean the house properly. Whether you are the owner or a tenant make sure you leave the house tidy and clean. Make it more attractive for future buyers or tenants.
– Pack valuables separately and move them personally.
– Do not forget to leave keys behind.
– Say goodbye to your home and neighbors.
– After you have prepared everything for the moving day, relax and spend some quality time with your friends, neighbors and relatives. After all the moving stress and tension you could use some relaxations and peace of mind at least for a couple of hours.
– Try to get some sleep, since very long day is ahead of you. Save your energy if you want to keep the whole moving process on track. Moving days have proven to be very exhausting and overwhelming. Staying focused and organized will help you keep everything under control. With a professional assistance of your movers you will have your items moved in no time.