4 Tips for a Smooth Moving Day Experience
Moving day is always busy. There is a lot to do in rapid order. But with planning, your moving day can go smoothly.
Plan your day around these three phases:
- Loading the truck
- Driving to your new home
- Unloading the truck
When this day arrives, plan on a very physical day. You and your family are in constant motion. The last thing you need is to stop and make decisions.
Here are four tips you can use to clear your day of distracting choices so you can focus on what needs to get done.
Do the Walk-In Inspection The Day Before
If possible, do your walk-through inspection with your landlord the day before moving. During the walk-through, test your utilities and set the thermostat. You want your home to be comfortable when you move in.
Take pictures of every room and every item that needs to be fixed. Find out if someone will fix them before you move in or how fast you would get reimbursed for repairing the issues for the landlord. Remember to get all agreements in writing before doing any work.
Print two sets of pictures. Give one set to the landlord with the move-in inspections. Keep the other set for when you move out. These pictures will be the comparison point for how you leave the property. These pictures play a key role in getting your security deposit back.
Use Local Restaurant Gift Cards as Your Meal Plan
Feeding your family and the moving crew on moving day is easier than you think. Instead of meal prepping, buy a bunch of local restaurant gift cards to use as your family and the moving crew gets hungry.
Start buying them as soon as you give notice on the old place. Remember to build up the amounts on the cards so you are well ahead of the game. Keep going until you can cover the day of the move and some additional groceries.
The beauty of gift cards is they will not go to waste — even if you don’t them all right away.
Pre-Arrange Your Utilities
The week before you move, call the utility companies to start service on the day before you move. Contact the utility companies to confirm that the utilities are working on the morning of the move.
Don’t forget to arrange for your last bill and the shut-off date to the old place. Remember to give yourself time to clean the old home to get your security deposit back.
Plan on the Big Firsts
It never fails. As soon as you arrive, someone makes the mad dash to the bathroom, asks for a drink, or itches to get away from a family member.
It is easy to anticipate and plan for these three moving day “firsts”. These are easy to prepare for in advance and ready to go when the door opens. These firsts are:
- New light bulbs and toilet paper in the bathrooms
- Hang name signs on each bedroom door
- Set up the coffee & drink stations – don’t forget your pet’s water station too
By anticipating these first needs, you provide each family member a moment to gather their thoughts in preparation for the next part of the move: unloading the truck.
With these common distractions handled, it is easier to concentrate on the physical move and lift with your legs –not your back.
All-In Hauling has helped many people get ready to move, move and clean up from moving.
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