Moving day is one of the stressful days in one’s life. Many of you are now asking the question how troublesome a moving day can be, but only people who have already moved can understand. Usually, the moving day is underestimated, as it is the final step of the relocation process. You have found a professional moving company after researching a list of licensed movers, dates are booked and everything seems to happen so effortlessly. However, moving day seems to be the most problematic and annoying one during the whole relocation process.
Beware that overlooking minor details can cause a total mess. Since, as the moving day is approaching you are getting more annoyed, you should be well organized to avoid making a mistake. Inspired by the numerous horror stories about the moving day, I am offering you easy to follow moving day checklist with essentials that will safe you a lot of troubles.
Moving Day Checklist
- Wake up early on the moving day.
Plan your time, so you can get up early in the morning on the moving day. Do not frown upon it. It will be a long and tiring day and you should be fresh and alert, thus you must have had good sleep. Do not risk to be waken up by the movers. Staying organized during the move is essential for an easy transition.
- Wear appropriate clothes.
Your wear during moving day may seem unessential to you, but do not underestimate it. Put on comfortable clothes, because it will be a really long day. Also, to protect yourself from any injures, avoid clothes and shoes with ties. Loose-fitted clothes are more likely to cause troubles too. If you are performing a long distance trip, take into consideration that there might be a weather drop. In this case you will need to change clothes during the trip, so keep a pair of clean clothes with you just in case. Keep in mind that ones you pack your stuff up, it will be very hard to find your clothes.
- Cell phone must be charged.
Make sure that you and your family, or friends you are moving with, have full batteries on their mobile phones. Having your mobiles turned off will make it difficult for you to stay in touch, and thus cause a lot of problems. Also, you have to be reachable all the time in case your movers want to contact you. And on the other hand, you may need to call them to ask about their location etc.
- Make lists when moving.
Usually, we think of the list making as a time-consuming and inessential job, but actually lists can save a lot of time and worries. Before your moving day make lists to ease the activities on the moving day. Make a list with the mobile numbers of your movers and the driver. Make another list with the everyone’s duties on moving day, and do not forget to make a list with all the boxes and its content. Lists make things easier, so use them. Prepare additional checklist to keep the progress of your move. You can also use a moving app on your phone for even better progress tracking.
- Additional help on the moving day.
If you are getting extra help on your moving day, make sure everybody has their tasks assigned. As plans change sometimes, someone may occur to be busy. Confirm that different duties do not overlap, otherwise there might be misunderstandings. Organize your people well, so every task will be finished on time without any difficulties.
- Move day packing.
Try to manage packing prior the moving day. Packing is not as easy as you think, so educate yourself and read some packing tips online prior to your relocation. Here is an article about how to pack your bedroom you should read before the day of the move. If your belongings are not packed properly, they may be severely damaged, especially valuables such as electronics and antiques. Being in a hurry on your moving day, you are more likely to fail on this job. Moreover, some household items may need special handling. Consult with your movers before you start packing. Moving experts will give you the needed guidance. Last, but not least, whether you are packing yourself or not, make sure all the boxes are properly labeled and sealed. Use more descriptive labels so that you will save time while unpacking to the new place. And don’t forget to protect your floors and carpets when moving.
- Moving day food ideas.
You should think of the food the day before the moving day. Do not leave everything for the last moment. Consider sandwiches, pizza, even some sweets. Also, be prepared to offer food to the movers. If the packing and the loading takes more time than you have planned, you will have to take a break, so it’s a good idea to have some refreshments around. If it is cold outside, count on hot drinks – coffee, tea.
- Moving day and kids.
Moving with youngsters is quite a challenge. Make sure that there will be someone to take care of your children. There will be people moving around, coming in and out all the time. Ask a friend to keep an eye on your juniors on moving day, as they always need special attention. If everybody is busy around, hire a sitter. It will cost you some extra money, but it’s worth it.
- Moving day and pets.
If you have a pet, make sure that it won’t cause troubles or worse, have it lost. It will be best to entrust your pet to someone of the family. Pets are not very friendly to strangers.
- Cleaning after movers.
After the movers leave the house and load all of your furniture, it will be a total mess. Buy the proper cleaning products in advance, so you can start cleaning after everything is loaded. You will save much time if you have your detergents prepared to use on moving day. You can consider hiring a cleaning company to help you with the mess if you can afford it. Or else, ask some friends or neighbors to give you a hand with the cleaning on the moving day.
- Arrange payment.
Usually, moving companies ask for a moving deposit fee when you are hiring them and the rest of the sum is paid on the moving day. You may be doing a thousand jobs at a time, but make sure you will have the rest of the money ready or your credit cards in hand. It will be very awkward situation if it turns out that you don’t have the exact sum to pay on the moving day and you may even have to stay in a hotel until you do the full payment, because the movers will not unload until they are paid in full.
- Check out inventory moving list.
Do not forget to check out if everything is properly noted in your movers inventory list. This is very important because in case of damaged or lost items, you can file a complaint against your moving company based on this inventory list. Be sure that everything in the bill of lading is checked the way it is.
- Take all personal documents and jewelry with you.
Since moving day is a busy and tense one as whole, make certain that your personal documents, money and jewelry won’t go with the rest of your belongings in the moving truck.
- Confirm the route to the new location.
Moving locally or long distance, check the route twice before setting out for the new location. If you are driving and moving by yourself, the last thing you want is to get lost in the middle of nowhere. Discuss the route with your movers. They can give you easy to follow directions for your trip.
If you are planning to hire a professional moving company for your upcoming move, make sure you trust your belongings to a licensed and insured relocation specialist. Now you can plan you budget faster and easier. Try the free moving cost estimate calculator for a complete move estimation, so you can plan your expenses in advance.
Moving day is quite a challenge. I hope my moving day list tips will help you to manage your moving day without misfortune surprises. If you have any other suggestions how to reduce stress during the moving day, share them with us in the comments below. You can find more things to consider when moving besides moving day itself on this link.
Posted on Feb 13, 2012; Last updated: Jul 16, 2012