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Preparing for Your Next Move: What You Need To Know
Other Pre-Moving Day Preparations
Keep In Touch With the Mover
Confirm dates and pricing with the mover in the weeks before the big day. Make sure to know when and how the mover expects to be paid, whether by credit card, check, or cash.
Packing…The Big Job
Packing and unpacking are the two biggest tasks you'll take on in moving. Of the two, packing is the more time-consuming. So not only do you need to carefully pack your things, but you also need a game plan for doing the job logically. Here are some packing priorities:
- Assuming you've completed the downsizing process, there are some remaining things that should not be packed because commercial movers often prohibit them:
- Hazardous materials like yard chemicals, gasoline, propane tanks, and fireworks.
- Perishables like frozen food
- Sensitive personal items like important financial and legal documents, jewelry, and medications
If feasible, you'll need to move these items yourself or arrange for safe disposal as appropriate.
- Label all boxes and make notes on the contents of each box. This will ensure the boxes get to the right room for unpacking. Also, the list of box contents will help you locate things much faster.
- Avoid packing items from multiple rooms in one box. Also, packing one room at a time will make the process feel less chaotic.
- Pack in the order that you'll need items. For example, pack things like books and home décor first and daily essentials like dishes, clothing, and toiletries last. Unpacking reverses this order.
- Heavy items should go in the smallest possible boxes to avoid overloading.
Tell People Where You're Going
Now is the time to make address changes, schedule mail forwarding, and prepare to end services like refuse pickup, landscaping, and house cleaning. In addition, notify utility companies of your move to transfer service to your new residence.
Arrange for a Pet Sitter
As much as we love our pets, they can be distracting on moving day. Also, animals can experience anxiety when their familiar environment is disturbed. Find a pet sitter who can take care of pets on the big day.
Schedule Time for Cleaning
Once the home has been emptied out on moving day, don't underestimate the cleaning task that follows. Suppose you're moving out of a rental unit. In that case, the return of your damage deposit may be contingent on the quality of the cleaning job. It may make sense to hire someone to handle this task so you can focus on getting your belongings unpacked at the new residence.
The big day has finally arrived when all your careful planning will pay off. Here are some ideas to make that day go as smoothly as possible.
Final Packing – Essentials
Pack all the items used day-to-day such as a few days of clothing, toiletries, and medications. Also, consider packing a box with moving day essentials like tools, paper towels, bottled water, toilet paper, hand soap, cleaning supplies, scissors, and box cutters.
Visit the ATM
Having some cash at the ready can help solve some unanticipated issues. For example, you can send someone to the store to buy essential items that otherwise slow down moving day momentum. Also, if you're using professional movers, you'll want to have cash for a tip. The customary rate is from 10-20%.
Place Protective Materials
Moving can be hard on a home's interior. Cover the floor and protect walls as necessary to minimize damage and cut down on post-move cleaning.
Make a Final Circuit of the Home
Once everything has been loaded up, take a final walk-through to ensure nothing was left behind. Don't miss storage areas, including cabinets and closets, two common areas that commonly get overlooked in the packing process.
Before the unloading begins, take a quick tour of the home with the movers so they know where to put things. Identify any repairs that may be needed. If there's time, vacuum and do any other necessary cleaning before boxes and furniture clutter the space. Also, set up any protective materials to shield floors and walls.
Let's Unpack This
Careful labeling pays off now as the right things get put in the right rooms. Start by unloading boxes with essentials in the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Other boxes can probably wait until tomorrow and beyond.
Be the Boss
Movers will constantly look to you for guidance as the unloading process progresses. Make sure you're available to answer questions to keep the overall effort flowing smoothly.
Set Up the Bed
Before any other furniture is reassembled, put your bed together. You'll make good use of it by the end of the day. The next priority would be to get the kitchen table ready. Having a place to sit down and rest with a little food and drink will help make the day a little more tolerable.
Take a Break and Celebrate
Be careful not to overdo it on moving day. If your planning was effective, you'll be able to knock off for the day with everything unloaded, essentials unpacked, and basic furniture set up. Now, take it easy, celebrate a successful moving day, and begin to enjoy your new home.
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