What can make your moving day easy? Along with hiring a professional to transport everything from point A to point B, take a look at how your day-of schedule can make your move go smoothly.
Set Your Alarm and Wake Up Early
Even though a professional mover can make this day easier, you’ll still have plenty to do. Don’t wait to wake up until right before the mover will arrive. The more time you give yourself, the less stress you’ll have. To maximize your day-of prep, organization, and moving time:
- Set an alarm the night before. Save yourself from sleeping through your prep time and set an alarm the night before. If you prefer to snooze (over an immediate wake-up) give yourself a 30-minute or more buffer.
- Plan for your wake–up or morning routine. Will you need extra time to shower, style your hair, or do anything else that’s part of your regular morning routine? You’ll need to complete your routine with enough time left over to finish last-minute packing or prep.
- Create a family schedule. If you’re not the only person in the household, create a staggered morning schedule to get everyone up and ready well before the movers arrive. Plan shower times, breakfast, and anything else you, your spouse, or your children will need to do.
While an earlier wake-up will give you extra time on the day of your move, it could leave you tired by the afternoon or evening. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults should get about eight hours of sleep each night. Aim for a wake-up time that won’t trim this range by too much.
Review Your Moving Inventory
A moving or packing inventory is a list, spreadsheet, or app that allows you to categorize and organize your belongings. Review the inventory after you wake up and before the movers arrive. This pre-move review can help you to:
- Count and account for every item. Even though you added an item to the inventory weeks ago, you need to make sure it’s in your home right now. Failure to account for each inventory item could result in unnecessary loss disputes later.
- Re–categorize items as needed. Now that the move is here, you may have a somewhat different organizational strategy. A pre-move inventory review allows you to re-categorize or reorganize the list.
- Prepare for the movers. Consult the inventory to organize boxes, bins, bags, and other containers. Use this itemized list to create order in a cluttered pre-move home. This will make it easier for the movers to find and transport your belonging in the way you expect.
If you haven’t already made an inventory, you probably won’t have time to do so on the morning of the move. But this doesn’t mean you’ll have a disorganized day. From a room-by-room strategy to labels and color-coding methods, you can organize everything in the last few hours you have left in your old home.
Welcome the Movers to Your Home
You’ve woken up, gotten ready, and reviewed your inventory (or organized your to-move items). Now the time has come for the next step — welcome the movers into your home. When the movers arrive:
- Explain your organizational strategy. Whether you’ve color-coded each room, labeled bins, or have another strategy, explain how you’ve organized your belongings — especially if you want the movers to place each container/item into the right room of your new home.
- Ask what the movers need. The movers may need you to move some items out of the way, clear a driveway, or keep your pets in another space.
- Let the movers do their job. While you may be tempted to micromanage the move, the contractor is a professional. Unless the movers ask for your help, take a step back and let them do their job.
With the movers hard at work, you can pack your car or other vehicle with personal items, an overnight bag (for long-distance moves), or valuables.
Do you need help with your next move? Contact Dixie Moving & Storage, Inc., for more information.