The BIG day has officially arrived, and it’s time to move into your new home. If you’ve handled the earlier stages of this moving checklist, today should still be incredibly exhausting but – hopefully – far less stressful.
Make sure to do a quick walk-through before they close up the truck, looking for large or heavy items that will be difficult to move without the truck around.
You can (and should) do a more thorough walk-through before giving up the keys.
|Set an alarm||Get up early to handle last minute stuff|
|Remind friends/family/helpers||Text everyone who volunteered to help to remind them|
|Protect your floors||Put down mats (movers will do this for you)|
|Help but don’t hinder||Hired movers? Help guide but don’t get in their way|
|Valuable / important items||Keep these in the car or the rental truck cab|
|“I Will Move This” items||Use your helpers to put these into personal vehicles|
|Fill the shelf||If your box truck has a ledge, fill it with boxes|
|Load heaviest items||Appliances should go in the front of the box truck|
|Load mattresses & box springs||Strap mattresses to the left side of the truck|
|Open furniture||Desks & tables in the middle with heavy boxes under|
|Sofas / couches||Load on the opposite side of your mattresses|
|Heavy boxes||Load in the center of the back of the truck|
|Small boxes, etc.||Place smaller items behind and around your other items|
|Strap it all down||Use straps and moving pads to keep things from shifting|
|Take pictures of your new home||Before you move in, create a record of how it looked|
|Take food / beverage breaks||Between the move out and the move in|
|Protect your new floors||Put down mats (movers will do this for you)|
|Assign a guide||To direct what goes where in your new home|
|Keep paths clear||Do not put boxes in high traffic areas|
|Double-check placement||Make sure large items are in the right room/area|
|Tip your movers||$4-$5/hour per mover, if they did an awesome job|
|Order food / beverages||To thank your helpers|
|Check your connections||Make sure your utilities, Internet, etc. are working|
|Set up beds||So that there is a place to sleep after a long, hard day|
|Unpack the coffee maker||You’re going to need this!|
|Unpack main bathroom essentials||Get shower & toiletries ready so you can feel human|
|Change the locks||You never know who has keys to your new home|
|Make copies of your keys||Do this IMMEDIATELY before you lose your only set|
QUICK TIP: Take your existing locks (and the keys) to the local hardware or home improvement store and they can change the locks for FAR less than it would cost to hire a locksmith.