Moving Day: Checklist
Moving day is here. Even if you have checked everything off of your to-do list, there will always be something that will pop up that weren’t expecting. Things will happen that you will do not plan for and you will have to deal with issues on moving day, no matter what. During our last move, the truck was too large to fit into our loading dock, so the driver had to park the truck on the street. The driver was very stressed and concerned, worried about receiving a fine. Thankfully, we lived in a city where this was not a significant issue, and the truck was parked comfortably on the street.
Strip the beds
Take sheets of all of the beds. Prepare them to be wrapped up and loaded on to moving truck.
Throw out perishable food
Get rid of food that cannot be packed or will spoil. If you can put it in a cooler and take with you, that is a great option. If you can’t take it with you, please find a food pantry or shelter to donate leftover food items for those who are less fortunate.
Pack up frozen breastmilk
If you are moving locally, you can store milk in any adequately sized cooler. But, if you are traveling a long distance by car or flying, use these tips to pack up frozen breastmilk properly.
Pack away the bags you are taking with you on the trip
Remove suitcases, bags, and coolers from your home. Therefore, anything you are personally taking with you on your move should be out of the house before the movers arrive.
Return cable, phone, internet supplies
Get these items out of the house before the movers come so they don’t accidentally get packed up.
Empty all trash containers
Moving companies will pack and load everything. So, if you have items in a trash bucket, there is a chance they will get packed. Save yourself the stress of unpacking literal garbage and take the trash out now.
Clear walkways for movers
Pick up floor mats and rugs. Move items away from the doorway to make a clear path.
Take care of your laborers
The folks who are packing, loading, and driving your items to your new destination are working hard. Since they are taking care of your belongings, take care of them. Provide them with water and snacks throughout the day. Let them know which restroom they can use. We usually buy lunch as a thank you for all of their hard work.
Tip your laborers
We typically give a tip to the driver, and they disperse the money to his workers. Check out how much to tip HERE.
Confirm details with the driver
Make sure that your destination address is correct on the driver’s paperwork. Verify the delivery date range and exchange contact information with the driver.
Finish cleaning after movers load your items
You may opt to have a cleaning company come to finish the job after the movers have loaded your belongings. If you choose to do the cleaning on your own, be sure to wipe down surfaces, sweep the floors, and empty the garbage. Turn off all of the lights before you leave.