Moving Day Check List
It’s moving day – the day you’ve been waiting for and also secretly dreaded. Don’t panic. There are some things you’ll have to do now that it’s finally time to do the big move, but you can get through it. We’re here to guide you. In this article we’ll give you a moving day checklist with tips for what to do on the day you move. Follow the checklist and you can’t go wrong.
Before the movers actually arrive
___ Check each room. Make sure everything is packed and ready to go. You should pay extra attention to closets, cupboards, attics and basements because it’s really easily to overlook stuff there.
___ Take a once over to ensure that the items you’ll move yourself – like your important documents – are set apart from the items the movers will move. If you can, move the items into your car before the mover arrives so there’s no mix-up.
___ Is your personal bag packed and set aside? If not, you should get one together with items you’ll need for the first one to two days after your move while you’re settling in and, just in case – not that we’re saying this will happen – the moving van gets delayed.
___ Ensure there’s no clutter for the movers to contend with. They need as clear a path as possible to move your stuff properly.
___ If you have children, place them in a room away from the action or see if they can stay with a friend, family member of neighbor while you get the move underway.
___ Do you have a pet? Place your pet in a room where they won’t be in the way. You can also board them or take them to a kennel for the day.
___ Don’t forget to leave extra space for the moving van to park in the driveway or on the street.
___ Do you know how the moving company wants to be paid? Usually, movers prefer cash, but some, like Big Easy’s Moving, will take a credit card. Know what yours will accept before you leave the premises so you can have it on hand and ready to go. Most movers like to be paid upon delivery.
When the mover gets to your home or apartment
___ Review all paperwork and the details with the crew chief. You should be presented with a bill of lading. This sets the conditions of your move. Read it thoroughly.
___ Go along with the driver as he or she inspects the items, especially the furniture. The driver will be preparing an inventory sheet. There should be a detailed description of your items on the inventory sheet. Make sure you agree with the driver’s assessment of the condition of your items in case you want to file a claim later.
___ Provide the crew leader with the phone number you can be reached at during the moving process. Ensure that you get the crew leader’s name and phone number as well should you have any questions. Don’t forget to ask the crew leader what your new address is so that they know the right place to take your items.
___ Introduce yourself to all the moving crew members and offer them a beverage and/or some food. It’s good to maintain a good rapport with your moving crew.
___ Make yourself available to the crew if they have questions. Leave detailed notes if you want them to do something and make yourself clear to them as to what you want.
___ Let the professionals do their job! Don’t micromanage them. It will create ill will between you and your movers. You’ve got to relax and let them do the job they were hired to do.
Closing Up Your Old Home
___ Re-check rooms and storage areas like closets, attics and basements. Make sure everything has been loaded onto the van before it leaves.
___ Throw out any garbage left over.
___ Lock windows and doors, turn off faucets, set the thermostats and turn off all the lights.
___ Leave extra keys or garage door openers for new homeowners in an easy to find spot.
___ Let a neighbor know your forwarding address and phone number in case you need to be reached for any reason.
Once you get to your new home
___ Label the rooms so movers know which is which.
___ Provide floor schematics for the movers so they know where to place furniture and other large items.
___ Use the mover’s inventory to check off items as they are unloaded from the moving van.
When everything is unloaded
___ Sign the inventory sheets and bill of lading but not before checking them over thoroughly. Don’t sign without being sure everything made it.
___ Pay the mover before they leave.
___ Unpack the kids’ room and the kitchen first. The kids should feel at home right away and the kitchen is the central focus of the home, especially if you want to eat a meal there that first day.
___ Set up the beds so you can get to sleep early. You’ll probably be tired from the move and you don’t want to sleep on the floor, do you?
____ Try to enjoy the moment. You’re finally in your new home!
Big Easy’s Moving can help make your move “The Easiest Move You’ll Ever Make.” Call us today for an estimate on your upcoming move. We can be reached at 512-589-7320.