September 6, 2019

The Big Day is Here: The Ultimate Moving Day Checklist

Many people consider moving to be one of the most stressful events in their lives.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little preparation and help from a team of experienced movers, you can get yourself from point A to point B with ease.

Keep reading for the ultimate moving day checklist that will help your relocation go smoothly.

The Night Before

If you want to get rid of as much moving stress as possible, get started the night before you leave. This is your chance to make your final preparations for the big day ahead.

Empty the Trash

There’s no need to haul trash or unwanted items from one place to another. Place your garbage outside in the trash bin, so you aren’t inadvertently moving it to your new home.

Finish Packing

If you still have any loose items laying about, get them packed away in boxes or crates. This ensures that you’re ready to go as soon as your moving team arrives in the morning. Leave out any items or paperwork that you’ll need for tomorrow and keep them in a separate location.

Label Items

Labeling boxes ahead of time prevents a lot of headaches for you and your moving team. Write the contents of each box, whether it’s heavy or fragile, and what room it should end up in at the new house.

If you want to make your life even more straightforward, color code the boxes based on high, medium, and low priority for unpacking.

Print This Checklist

Finally, print off or write down the remaining items on this checklist for reference. Physical checklists help us remember important tasks, especially during stressful or busy situations like moving. If you tick off items on the list as you go, you’ll know for sure at the end of the day that nothing got missed in the shuffle.

Moving Day

Getting a bright and early start on moving day helps ensure you’ll have enough time to get everything done. Here are the most important things you need to take care of.

Separate Special Items

Anything you need right away in your new house should be clearly labeled and separated from the rest of your belongings. These items will be loaded into the moving truck last or your own car for easy access.

Meet With the Movers

Greet your moving team when they arrive and get the lowdown on the day’s events. Give them any special instructions and make sure that you understand their timeline.

Be Available During Loading

Stick around and be accessible throughout the loading process. That way, you’re right there to answer any questions the movers have about your instructions.

Clean Empty Rooms

With no furniture or boxes in the way, now’s the best time to get that last-minute cleaning done. Vacuum the floors and wipe down any spills or stains on the walls and counters.

Walk Through the House

Once everything is out, do one final walkthrough of the house. Open every closet, drawer, and cabinet to check for missing items. Once you’ve looked everywhere, give your moving team the all-clear to head out.

Then, take a moment to say goodbye to your old property and get ready to enter a new chapter.

Drop Off Keys and Paperwork

If you are moving out of a rented home, you may need to drop off your keys and move-out documents with your landlord or leasing office. Otherwise, lock up the house and leave the keys with your realtor or in a pre-designated location.

When You Get There

When you arrive at your new home, meet back up with the moving crew, and again be available for the unloading process. It’s helpful to have someone stick around in case the movers have any questions about where to put items in your new place.

Follow These Tips for a Smooth Moving Day

Remember to print off this checklist for reference on moving day. Follow the steps listed, and you’ll be able to settle into your new home in no time!

If you’re looking for a quality moving company in Minnesota, Metcalf Moving & Storage can help. Contact us today for a free quote.


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