When planning to move to a new city, apartment, or state, one of the first things you need to do is check out our moving day checklist! Make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you call the moving company; it will save time and stress on moving day.
Below find a comprehensive moving day checklist:
Make sure your personal belongings are correctly packed into boxes that will last for the duration of your move!
It means no taping boxes with scotch tape; use packing tape instead. It is vital to pack each box carefully, placing heavier objects on the bottom and lighter things on top. Fill empty spaces within the box with packing paper or old clothing.
Make sure you have all your essential documents with you on moving day!
It includes but is not limited to: insurance cards, passports, social security cards, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, diplomas or degree certificates, vehicle titles, and registration papers. Also, make sure to bring electronics such as laptop computers, televisions, iPads or other tablet devices, video game systems, and cameras.
Make sure you have enough moving boxes!
It’s always better to overestimate than underestimate the number of moving boxes needed for your move. If you are low on boxes, make sure to pick up some more before arriving at your new home! Also, check out our recommendations for moving boxes based on how heavy they are.
Make sure you have packing supplies!
It includes but is not limited to: moving tape, markers and labels, a folder with important documents in it, a list of numbers of people who can help you move or load your truck, scissors or box cutters, extra newspaper to wrap fragile items, clean towels to wipe up spills, and old newspaper or rags to line drawers in your new home.
Make sure you have an appropriate vehicle for the day!
You must have a reliable car with enough trunk space to accommodate all your belongings on moving day. If necessary, rent one or use the vehicle of a friend or family member.
Pack something to eat!
It is probably your biggest meal on moving day, so make sure you have some snacks and lunch food packed if you are moving in winter, pack something warm like coffee or hot chocolate! Note: check the temperature of your new home to see if this is necessary.
Make sure someone helps you on moving day!
Moving by yourself is possible, but it can be very tiring, exhausting, and dangerous to move heavy furniture across town without the help of friends or family. If one person is not enough, make sure you have at least two other people ready to help you on moving day.
Arrive at your new home after 12 pm!
Most movers don’t work past 5 pm, so if you arrive earlier than this time, you’ll have to wait for the movers. Make sure to show up at around noon, and you won’t even need to worry about it!
In a nutshell, with this checklist and some careful preparation on your end, you’ll be ready to move with ease and no stress!