So, you’re finally ready to move out of your parents’ house/dorm room/tiny apartment and into a place of your own. Congratulations! This is a huge milestone (and probably long overdue). Now that you’re about to embark on this new chapter in your life, there are a few things you need to do to make sure everything goes smoothly on a moving day. To help you out, we’ve put together a checklist of all the things you need to do on moving day (and the days leading up to it). So, without further ado, here’s what you need to do on moving day:
Pack your belongings
Moving day is finally here! You’ve packed up all your belongings, rented a truck, and hired some friends to help you move. Now it’s time to get everything loaded into the truck and ready to go. Here’s a checklist of things to do to make sure your move goes smoothly:
1. Pack your belongings in sturdy boxes that can be easily loaded into the truck.
2. Label each box with its contents and which room it goes in.
3. Make sure fragile items are well-padded to avoid damage during the move.
4. Load the heaviest items first, so they don’t crush lighter boxes underneath.
5. Secure all the boxes in the truck so they don’t shift during transport.
6. Take a final walk through your old home to make sure you didn’t forget anything.
7. Congratulations – you’re officially moved!
Hire a moving company
If you’re hiring a packers and movers company to help with your move, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. First, make sure you’ve chosen a reputable company with good reviews. Get quotes from a few different companies and compare prices. Once you’ve chosen a company, be sure to get everything in writing, including the price, what services are included, and the company’s cancellation policy.
To prepare for the movers, create a list of all the items you’ll be moving and their approximate sizes. This will help the movers give you an accurate quote. Make sure to declutter your home before the move so you’re not paying to move things you don’t need or want.
On moving day, have cash on hand to tip the movers (if you’re happy with their service) and have your new home’s address and directions ready. Make sure someone is home when the movers arrive so they can direct them where to put things. And finally, be prepared for anything! Things always seem to take longer than expected on moving day, so try to relax and go with the flow.
Have a garage sale
Most people don’t want to move all their stuff with them when they move. They would much rather start fresh in their new home. This is where having a garage sale comes in handy. You can get rid of all the stuff you don’t want and make some extra money to help pay for your move.
Here are some tips for having a successful garage sale:
1. Advertise your sale ahead of time. Put up signs around the neighborhood and post an ad online.
2. Price your items reasonably. People are looking for bargains, so don’t price yourself out of the market.
3. Put out a variety of items. Don’t just put out clothes or furniture— mix it up a bit to attract more customers.
4. Be negotiable on prices. If someone offers you less than your asking price, be willing to take it. It’s better to get something than nothing at all!
Cancel your utilities
If you’re moving to a new home, one of the first things you need to do is cancel your utilities at your old address. This includes electricity, gas, water, sewer, cable, and Internet service. Some utility companies will allow you to transfer your service to your new address, but others will require you to cancel and then re-establish service at your new home.
Be sure to give yourself enough time to cancel your utilities before your move date. Most companies require at least 48 hours’ notice, and some may require even more time. Make sure you know the requirements of each company so you can plan accordingly.
Once you’ve cancelled your utilities at your old address, be sure to set up new service at your new home as soon as possible. This way, you’ll have all the essentials taken care of before moving day arrives.
Set up your new home
The day you move into your new home is both exciting and nerve-wracking. Here’s a checklist of things to do on moving day to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Do a final walkthrough of your old home.
Make sure you’ve packed up all your belongings and that there’s no damage to the property. This is also a good time to collect any keys you may have left behind.
Start unpacking and setting up your new home.
As soon as you have access to your new place, start unpacking and setting up. It’s helpful to prioritize the rooms you’ll use the most first, like the kitchen and bathroom.
Connect utilities at your new home.
Be sure to contact the utility companies in advance of your move so that they can connect or disconnect service at your new address on the date you specify. This includes water, gas, electric, trash, and broadband internet.
Forward your mail.
If you’re moving permanently, be sure to fill out a change of address form with the post office so that your mail gets forwarded to your new home. You can also set up mail forwarding with some private carriers like UPS and FedEx.
Moving day is always a hectic time, but with a little bit of preparation it can be a lot less stressful. Our checklist for moving will help you make sure you’ve got everything covered so that you can focus on getting settled into your new home. From hiring movers to packing up your belongings, we’ve got you covered. So take a deep breath and get ready for the big day – with our help, it’s going to be just fine.