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Moving house is a protracted process that begins months in advance. But as you are bound to find out, those few months may be stressful, but they do move by fairly quickly.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of starting your preparations way ahead of time as this reduces the pressure and stress associated with moving, an event that has been termed one of the most anxiety-inducing in any person’s life.
The big day itself can be both an exciting and scary prospect as it literally means all that preparation over several months comes down to this one day.
This is why it is super important to get it right.
Here is a moving day checklist we prepared for you to help you stay on top of things and avoid the events of the day from overwhelming you.
A lot of this should be done before the local moving company you have hired comes to load up your stuff – or interstate mover if you are moving across the states, for that matter.
- Rise at first light
Well, this depends on the distance you’re going and amount of stuff being moved.
For instance, if you’re a college student planning to move their few belongings to a storage facility for the summer holidays, there is no much pressure compared to a family of four moving some way across the country.
If circumstances necessitate you to start early (like in the case of the latter) rise up early on moving day, have a shower, and take some time to enjoy your coffee (and breakfast) as you savor the last moments in what has been your home up until now.
- Pack the last of your items
Once you’re done with the morning drill – breakfast, shower, dressing up for the day etc. – it’s time to pack up everything that is outside the boxes.
This includes beddings, bathroom items, few unpacked kitchen pieces and such.
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- Pack your moving day essentials kit
All the items that you’re going to need during the trip and immediately after arrival at the new place need to be packed separately in a first-night box.
You will need to take this with you, especially in the case of a cross-country move, in which case you should also plan for all the items you might need before the mover’s truck arrives, assuming you’ll get there ahead of them.
- Set aside special items
Any documents and valuables like jewelry and family keepsakes should travel with you in the same car, so confirm everything is as it should be and set them aside.
The same goes for other items that should not be loaded on the moving truck, including personal electronic devices like laptops, tablets, phones and chargers, as well as keys and tickets.
This should give you some much needed peace of mind.
- Take meter readings
Don’t forget to record meter readings for your utilities, including gas, electricity, and water.
You can take a snapshot using your phone. Just for extra backup.
Speaking of snapshot…
- Take plenty of photos
As you await the arrival of the movers, you can take some photos to not only serve as reminders of the life you’re leaving behind, but also as proof of the current condition of things like furniture, appliances and all other items that will be handled by movers.
- Ensure moving day safety
Before the movers arrive, take the appropriate precautionary measures to avoid the risk of accidents and injuries during the chaos of hauling stuff around.
This starts with reserving a parking spot for the moving truck and clearing any obstacles in the way (both outside and inside of the home), providing ample room for the moving crew to maneuver the items in, and if applicable, reserving an elevator for your move.
As well, ensure pets and children are out of the way. Arrange for someone to watch over your little ones and furry friends if need be, whether it’s a family member, close friend, neighbor, or professional hired help.
- Meet the movers
When the movers arrive, welcome them and take them on a tour of the place so they can get a clear picture of what they are up for.
Discuss any necessary requirements, concerns and details with them and run through the moving plan together to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Let them know that you’re at their beck and call should they need you (or anything), following which you should leave them to do what they are good at: the actual moving job.