Not Sure What You Need To Do On Moving Day? Get Your Professional Moving Day Checklist Right Here!
Recently, the movers at Jake’s Moving and Storage shared an easy to follow moving timeline. But, in case you are still worried about getting everything ready for your moving day, then this article is for you.
Now, we are going to take a closer look at what you need to do on moving day to stay organized and ensure a less stressful move.
Let’s cut right to the chase!
The top 10 things that should be on everyone’s moving day checklist:
- Items For The Kids And Pets
- Cleaning Supplies
- Snacks And Utensils
- Day Of Packing Kit
- Ensure Items Are Separated For Movers
- Clear The Walkway
As your top movers in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area, we would never provide you a simple list without explaining things in full detail.
So, let’s examine each item on our checklist further.
Your Moving Day Essentials List
Documents To Keep On Hand The Day You Move
Everyone prefers to keep important documents organized in different ways. For that reason, we are not going to dictate one specific way you should keep all of your important papers.
Think about what will work best for you and go with it.
One option is to have all of your important paperwork together in a binder with dividers to separate different categories. We suggest using dividers with different color tabs for easier access.
For those of you that prefer to keep things more digital, there is another option.
After you have gathered all of your important documents, you can scan them and organize them digitally so they can be easily viewed on any mobile device.
Then, you will have access to everything on the day of your move in the palm of your hand. Just make sure you get this done in advance so you are not spending the entire morning on the day of your move scanning documents.
If you prefer the digital method, you will also love all of the helpful moving apps that are available now.
No matter how you prefer to keep things organized, here are some of the documents that you should have on hand on the day of your move:
- Medical (including people and pets)
- Important contacts
- Travel documents
Keep Medications Handy On Moving Day
It may seem obvious that you would need to keep important prescription medications on hand, but that’s not all.
In addition, we suggest you make a little moving day medical kit that includes:
- Pain reliever
- Sunblock and bug spray (depending on what time of year you are moving)
Additional items that may come in handy include allergy medication, cold medication, and ace bandages.
Important Bathroom Items You Will Need On The Day You Move
One of the most important things you will need to keep nearby on the day of your move is toilet paper!
This may seem obvious but often times, the most obvious things are the ones we overlook.
Then, you also want to make a toiletry kit with items for the whole family that includes:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitizer
It is also a good idea to have a few shower items available. Travel sizes work great for moving too.
Keeping Your Kids And Pets Occupied On Moving Day
Don’t go overboard, but it is a great idea to have one or two items to keep your kids and pets occupied.
For the kids:
Pick one game, or a movie, or a favorite toy or stuffed animal and make sure it is easily accessible.
You may want to consider leaving pets with a friend or enrolling them in some sort of pet motel for the day of your move.
But if you choose to keep your pets around, be sure they have water and food and any special toy that might keep them occupied. If you need a crate or leash, be sure to keep that handy as well.
Cleaning Supplies You Will Need The Day You Move
Many people choose to have a cleaning company do most of the hard work after empty their old home.
But if you plan on cleaning up yourself once the moving truck is loaded you may want to rent some cleaning equipment like a vacuum cleaner.
No matter what, just keep in mind that you can never have enough trash bags or paper towels when you move!
And for more great cleaning tips and tricks, check out our blog post on Spring Cleaning.
Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
If you are like most people, you can get cranky and irritated when you are hungry. Combine an empty stomach with the stress of moving and you are sure to have a difficult day.
Make sure to prepare snacks for the day of your move for you, your kids, and your pets. It is also a good idea to have some eating utensils around. You can make sandwiches in advance and fresh fruit and nuts are a great option that is quick and easy.
And don’t forget about the convenience of takeout and delivery. Whatever you do, make a plan in advance and things will go much smoother.
Finally, make sure that you always have water available!
Your Ultimate Day Of Packing Kit
There are some common household items that will make your moving day a whole lot easier.
Be sure to have these items easily accessible when you move:
- Plastic wrap
- Zip lock bags
- Trash bags
- Rubber bands
Moving Day Electronics You Will Need
Of course, this list will differ based on your specific preferences and needs, but in general, there are a few electronics you will not want to lose track of when you move.
One of the most important things to keep track of is your phone and your phone charger. Then, depending on what else is important to you, you may also want to have a tablet or laptop available. And some of you may want to keep small speakers around to listen to some moving day music.
The last two items on our moving day preparation list are to help you prepare for your movers.
Separate Your Boxes Into Piles
One easy way to keep things organized is to separate all of your belongings into three piles.
- Keep together boxes and furniture that the movers can load onto the moving truck right away. These should all be items that you won’t need anytime soon such as out of season clothing.
- Separate anything that you know you will want easy access to in order to help you enjoy your new home right away such as bedding. Point out these boxes to your movers and ask that they keep these separate from other non-essential boxes.
- Separate all items that you will be keeping with you that your movers should not put on the truck. Whether you are flying or driving it is a good idea to pack a small suitcase with enough essentials to get you through the first few days after you move.
It is important to carefully label and organize all of your boxes and clearly communicate any instructions to your movers.
To make things even easier, here are some more helpful tips to prepare for professional packing services.
Keep A Clear Path For Your Movers
One important, yet often forgotten step for your moving day is to clear a path for the movers.
This includes removing any potential hazards or roadblocks from your porch, doorway, walkway, and driveway.
Items to ensure are out of the way include:
- Potted plants
- Floor mats and rugs
- Hanging items such as plants and wind chimes
You may also want to consider keeping your screen door open or removing it all together.
By taking these steps on your moving day, you will help ensure the safety of you, your family, and the movers, and things will get taken out of your home much faster.
In the end:
Everyone will have a slightly different moving day checklist, based on specific needs and preferences.
But, if you use our moving day checklist here as a guide, you will be sure to have a much easier time on the big day.
Don’t forget that Jake’s Moving and Storage provides a complete range of moving and storage services for residential and commercial moves that are both local and long distance.
Contact us to learn more about our services and request a free moving quote.