Metcalf Moving Blog

October 4, 2017

How to Be Properly Prepared for Moving Day

Moving can be a stressful event if you’re not properly prepared. But it can actually be fun if you are ready with your boxes, moving truck and help.

Moving itself may not be all that tough. But once the day arrives when you’re supposed to be loading up to get your things to a new location, things tend to go awry.

There are some things you can do before and on the day of your move to keep things running smoothly and get you to your new destination without any bumps or scratches. It all starts with packing and the rest is history.

Read on for a more comprehensive look at what you should be doing to prepare for and be ready on your moving day.

Packing

Packing is the most important part of any move. It’s important to keep the boxes organized and labeled and make sure that you’re not packing unnecessary items. Here are a few tips to get you started…

Pack for the New Location

Don’t just pack up a room according to the space you’re leaving. You want to be sure that there will be room for your belongings in the new space.

If you’re packing the kitchen, for example, make sure items belonging to specific new areas of the new kitchen are placed together and organized accordingly.

Perhaps there are more bathrooms in the new house (or fewer!). You’ll need to pack accordingly.

Take Pictures/Label

Labeling your boxes is essential for organization—both leaving the old house and arriving at the new house.

Take pictures of the boxes as they’re packed up. Indicate the room it goes to or a number system to keep everything in order.

A number system is good because it causes less confusion and therefore less stress on moving day, especially for those you’ve hired or asked to help with the move.

Declutter

Moving and packing are great ways to get rid of things you no longer want or need. Make a pile and/or boxes specifically for charities in your area and get rid of the things that you’re no longer using.

The charities will be grateful and you’ll have less to move.

Be Prepared With Food & Supplies

Moving day is an exhausting event for all involved. Make sure to keep a cooler packed with quick food snacks and essentials like water and Gatorade.

It’s also a good idea to have a box or boxes packed with essentials that will be needed at the new house while the big stuff is still being unpacked. Don’t forget a personal luggage bag for each individual with a few changes of clothes and essential toiletries.

Keep Cash on Hand on Moving Day

There are bound to be unexpected expenses that will come up throughout the move so it’s a good idea to keep a few bucks on hand. Think about a tip for the movers and the pizza delivery person or other tasks that may come up.

Keep it Together

Moving day shouldn’t be scary and stressful if you keep your lists together and pack with confidence. When you find yourself ready to move and need some help along the way, contact our professionals for experience and moving knowledge you can trust.

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