Set your alarm early because it's moving day!
It's never too early to plan out the big day. Read it, print it and keep it with you to make sure your moving day moves along easily.
- Get started on a high note. Set out juice, coffee, bagels, muffins, granola bars and fruit for everyone involved in the move. It will give some much needed energy for the day ahead and anything that's left over, put in a bag and keep for snacks throughout the day.
- Pack up all the little stuff that hasn't made it into boxes yet (towels, toiletries used that day) and pack it into your car leaving only the big stuff for the movers.
- Number all of your boxes and create a corresponding list. (Trust us, you'll see why this is important later.)
- Take one last look to make sure everything is clearly marked for movers and so you will know exactly what's in them when you get to the new place.
- Walk around with the movers to explain what is going where. This will help them have a system for packing up their truck. As each box leaves the house, take note of its number and check it off on the corresponding list to make sure nothing is forgotten.
- Once your list is checked, do one final sweep of the old place, cleaning any messes and making sure nothing is left behind. Make sure each car has your address and phone number, take one nostalgic look around, and you're ready to hit the road.
- When you get to the new place, before you unload anything, take a walk around with the movers and show them which big items are going in which rooms, to alleviate any backaches for you later.
- Eat! Either pack sandwiches the night before and keep them in a cooler for the move or order from a nearby shop. Probably better to make the sandwiches so you don't break the momentum just yet.
- Get out your checklist and place a star on each box as it comes out to make sure everything is accounted for and is going to its designated space.
- Now that everything's in, you'll have to pay the movers. Make sure you have the amount, plus tip in case. (Tip is usually $20 per mover, but you can use your discretion.)
- Break out the cleaning supplies and do an initial clean of the new place before unpacking anything.
- Celebrate. Sure, there's a lot of unpacking to do, but the hardest part is over. You're out of the old, and into the new. So treat yourself and your helpers by digging into some well-deserved pizza.