Finally, moving day has come! You’ve decluttered your space, packed all your belongings, selected a long-distance moving company, and now you’re ready to move! But wait – there’s still a lot to do on moving day itself.
Here are Some Tips on How to Make Your Big Day Go as Smoothly as Possible.
Create a To-Do List the Night Before
Making a list of things to do the night before will help you stay organized and on track during your move. Be sure to include tasks like:
- Pack a moving day essentials bag with items like toiletries, snacks, water, and your phone charger.
- Double-check that all appliances are unplugged and ready to go.
- Take out all the trash.
- Do a final sweep of each room to make sure you didn’t leave anything behind.
- Set your alarms and plan to wake up early so you can get a head start on the day.
Wake Up Early
It’s essential to get an early start on moving day. This will help you avoid feeling rushed and stressed later in the day. Be sure to:
- Wake up early and have a healthy breakfast to fuel your day.
- Make sure you have all the necessary moving supplies, like tape, labels, and markers.
- Check that everything is packed and ready to go.
Even if you’ve hired long-distance movers to help with the heavy lifting, you’ll still be doing a lot of moving and lifting yourself. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. You may also want to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
Make Arrangements For Your Children or Pets
If you have children or pets, making arrangements for them on moving day is important. This will help to keep them out of the way and prevent them from getting hurt. Some options include:
- Ask a friend or family member to watch them for the day.
- Hiring a professional pet sitter.
- Taking them to a daycare or boarding facility.
Greet Your Movers
When your movers arrive, be sure to greet them and show them around your home. This will help them get an idea of what needs to be moved and how to do it best. Be sure to:
- Point out any large or delicate items that need special care.
- Give them a tour of your home, so they know where everything is located.
- Show them any stairs, narrow doorways, or other potential obstacles.
Morning to Noon
Take Care of Any Last Minute Packing
Even if you think you’re finished packing, there’s always a chance you’ve forgotten something. Be sure to do a final sweep of your home and check all the closets, cupboards, and drawers for anything you may have missed.
Licensed Movers Can’t Transport Just Anything
There are some items that long-distance movers cannot legally transport. Be sure to check with your moving company ahead of time to see what they will and will not move. Some items that are typically not allowed include:
- Hazardous materials like cleaning supplies, paint, and gasoline.
- Perishable food.
- Flammable items like candles and fireworks.
Afternoon to Evening
Read and Sign Your Bill of Lading
Once your belongings have been loaded onto the truck, you’ll be asked to sign a bill of lading. This legal document lists all the items being shipped and confirms that the moving company has received them. Be sure to read it carefully before signing.
Long-Distance Moving With Delta Moving Systems
Here’s a glance at a long-distance moving contract so you know what to expect on your move day:
- Interstate Bill of Lading and Order for Service
- Interstate Revised Written Estimate
- Household Goods Descriptive Inventory
- Valuation Addendum
- Post Contract Services Order Form
- Packing Materials Charges and Order Form
- Service Agreement
- Storage Terms and Conditions
Take Out the Trash and Clean Up
The movers have left your home, and it’s time to start cleaning up before the new tenants arrive. Be sure to:
- Take out all the trash and recycle.
- Sweep and mop the floors.
- Vacuum the carpets or hire a professional in advance.
- Wipe down all the surfaces.
Leaving a clean house will help you get your deposit back and make a good impression on your landlord. Besides, it’s just good karma.
Complete a Final Walkthrough
Once the house is clean, it’s time to do a final walkthrough. This is your last chance to check for anything you may have missed. Be sure to check all the closets, cupboards, and drawers. If everything looks good, you’re ready to lock up and leave.
The Drive to Your New Home
It’s time to load the essentials into your car and hit the road. Grab a box or two of your most essential items, and be sure to pack a bag for each person in the vehicle. This should include clothes, toiletries, and other items you’ll need for the drive. Make sure you have your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance handy.