It’s finally here—the day you’ve spent months preparing for! You’ve probably spent equal amounts of time stressing about and looking forward to this day, and chances are you can’t wait for it to be over.
We get it! The entire moving process is long, arduous, and stressful. You’ve put what feels like countless hours and energy into ensuring your move is as smooth and efficient as possible, so it’s understandable if you haven’t considered actual moving day until you found it swiftly approaching. That’s why we’ve put together some tips and suggestions for creating your moving day checklist.
Follow our advice and enlist our skilled and experienced professional movers for the day of the move, and you can sleep soundly the night before knowing that everything is fully covered!
Wake up early.
Rise and shine! Set your alarm for bright and early on moving day to ensure you have plenty of time for little last-minute jobs that will inevitably pop up.
Start the day off right with a nice breakfast and some coffee before you get to work preparing for the movers. The more time you give yourself, the less stressed you’ll be.
Pack last-minute items.
Make a checklist ahead of time of items you’ll need right before the move, so you remember to pack them up when the day arrives. Set aside a few boxes and your labeling materials, along with a to-go bag you can keep on your person during transit.
Go through the bathroom and gather any shower supplies, toothbrushes/toothpaste, toilet paper, and other routine items you needed to keep out for the morning. Do a sweep of your kitchen as well—mainly your fridge and freezer—for any perishables that can make it through the ride. Throw out anything that’s going to melt or go bad quickly.
Organize your boxes.
Make things easier for the movers—and for yourself when it comes time to unpack—by grouping boxes together before they arrive. Categorize them by room and be sure to label them on all sides so you can clearly identify them no matter which way they’re loaded and stacked in or out. Be sure to set aside fragile items and boxes as well.
Load your belongings into the truck tightly and securely to optimize time and space, and to reduce the chances of damage during travel. Discuss the organization of your boxes with your movers so they know how to load and unload them, and where they go once you arrive.
Take care to choose a company with experts that will treat your belongings with as much care as they’d treat their own.
Take care of final tasks.
Add a section to your checklist for last-minute responsibilities that you can anticipate so you’re not stressed out by ones you can’t! Make sure your walkways and entryways are clear of any boxes, packing materials, plants on the porch, rugs, door mats, etc. You want to remove possible obstructions to make things as safe and easy as possible for you and your moving team.
Don’t forget to take out all last-minute trash, dump any flammables that can’t be loaded, and shut off all lights and appliances. Last but not least—remember to lock your door on the way out!
Work with your movers.
If you’ve done your research, your movers will be skilled and experienced with all steps of the moving process, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to be around to guide them. They won’t know which unloaded boxes belong to which rooms in your new place, if you have any special items with specific care instructions, or if there’s any furniture you need disassembled.
Communication is key to facilitate a quick and painless move. Be available to answer any questions and advise movers when necessary. Keep in contact with them during travel and make sure they have your destination and contact information on hand.
Treat your moving team kindly and consider tipping to show your appreciation. Providing plenty of water and snacks or an easy meal—like pizza or bagels—is another great friendly gesture to think about extending as well.
Do several final walkthroughs.
Your first walkthrough should be completed once you’ve checked off everything on your last-minute packing list, before the movers arrive. The final sweep of your old home should be done after everything is loaded into the truck and you’re on your way out.
Take the time to check every room and storage space when you do your walkthroughs—closets, cabinets, the basement, the attic, the garage or shed, and even inside the washer, dryer, fridge and freezer. You don’t want to chance leaving anything behind.
It’s also a good idea to double check the cargo hold for any loose items or forgotten boxes before the movers head out after unloading.
The most reliable way to guarantee moving day goes smoothly is to hire an affordable and experienced company to help expedite the process. The expert movers of Highland Worldwide will be happy to alleviate some of the challenges that go along with moving so you can feel confident and prepared when the day finally arrives!
Give us a call at 604-581-2300 or visit our website to get your free quote and learn more about our services today!