Moving Day Tips

Moving Day Tips

1 Start Early Avoid leaving anything until the last minute. Unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry, chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Create a checklist in advance so nothing gets forgotten.  Zoopla have a useful checklist you can use

2 Figure out your move strategy How are you going to get from point A to point B on moving day? You are either going to rely on friends and family to help, rent a van or hire a professional removals company.  Whichever way you intend to physically move, make sure you plan in advance and make sure everyone knows their jobs on the day.  You will need to start getting quotes from professional companies at least 4 weeks in advance (more during busy months).

3 Keep your movers in the loop Boxes are one thing, but when you get to the big, heavy stuff, it’s important to let your movers know what to expect. That includes informing the company about any overweight items (i.e. a piano or fridge), access restrictions (small elevator, walk-up only, narrow driveway) and whether you’ll need help with disassembly or assembly of furniture.

4 Seize the opportunity to have a clear out Moving is a great chance to organise your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use. If the time of year permits, hold a car boot sale. Or, take the time to sort and donate gently worn clothing to a local charity shop, put furniture up for sale (there are several Facebook pages dedicated to selling stuff in Leamington), recycle old magazines and catalogues and shred old documents.

5 Put together a packing kit If more than one person is packing, stay organised by establishing a system. Have blank inventory sheets prepared so one person can tackle each area or room. Arm each packer with a pen, black marker, and packing materials, like newspaper, a packing tape dispenser and boxes.

6 Green your move Moving day can generate a great deal of waste like cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper. For items you’ll be storing even once you’ve moved in, opt for the reusable plastic bins you can purchase. These can be labelled to go directly into cupboards until you’re ready to deal with the contents. You can avoid cardboard for the rest of your belongings, too, by renting plastic boxes. You might also consider using older linens to wrap breakables.

7 Take inventory This is especially necessary if you’re hiring a moving company. Having a record of your household items is useful if something goes missing. Consider keeping a spreadsheet of the contents of each box. Then, assign each box a number and all you have to do is write that number on each side (maybe with the appropriate room listed, as well).

8 Label everything! Label all sides of the box (avoid the top). Whoever is carrying in your boxes might not make sure all labels are facing one way for your easy retrieval. Try labelling each side in marker so you can easily find what you need in a stack.

9 Make use of drawers and suitcases You need to take your luggage with you. Why not use it as a box? The same goes for  drawers. You may need to remove them for transport, but if you don’t have too far to go, they can be helpful for light items.

10 Prepare a moving day kit Keep one box aside of “essentials” that you’ll need on moving day: cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes, your toiletry bag, etc. At the other end, you will  need milk, teabags and biscuits!

11 Be ready for your movers, whether hired or friends Whether you have family or professional movers showing up at your door, be ready for them when they arrive. With a moving company, unless you hire packers, be ready and packed before the crew arrives. Scrambling for boxes will delay your move and increase your cost.

12 Protect your valuables Find a safe place to store your valuables on moving day. Insure anything that’s valuable or breakable if you’re using a moving company. And if you’re moving a computer, do a quick backup of important files just in case something happens in transit. Its worth checking out your home contents insurance and advising them of the move- they may not cover you otherwise.

13 Delay deliveries If you’ve made some new purchases, such as a sofa or dining room suite, schedule the delivery after moving day. That will help you focus your attention on moving day itself and will avoid any congestion between delivery people and the movers.

14 Hook up essential services Make sure you understand how utility bills (gas, water, electricity) will be transferred over to you from a previous owner.  If possible, take photographs of any meter readings on moving day- this can help if there are any issues down the line.

15 Find a pet sitter for the day If you have a pet that could be traumatized by a move, arrange to have them stay somewhere during moving day. If you’re hiring movers for a long-distance move, be sure to arrange your pet’s safe transport to your new home.

16 Make nice with your new neighbours Start off on the right foot by informing your immediate neighbours that you’ll be moving in and what kind of moving vehicles you’re using. If you’re moving on a weekday, make sure your truck isn’t blocking anyone’s exit. If it’s wintertime, clear your driveway of snow and ice. Make sure there’s plenty of room to park the moving truck. That’s essential on busy streets otherwise you could slow down your move … increasing your total cost.

17 Treat your movers Whether hired movers or friends and family, be sure to have food and drinks readily available for everyone.  A cup of tea and a bacon sarnie is sure to perk everyone up, ready for unpacking!