Tips For Surviving Moving Day

With moving day looming, you may be starting to feel the panic set in. But no worries. All your hard work, meticulous organization and careful planning is about to pay off. You just have to get through the chaos of moving day and you’re in the clear.

That said, there are lots of things that won’t be in your control, such as the weather, child care snafus, delays and more. Here are some tips to survive moving day without breaking a sweat.

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Create a Moving Day Checklist

First things first: create a moving day checklist, either on paper or on your smartphone. This will help you keep all tasks organized so you can check off each one as you accomplish it.

Get Up Early

Get a good night’s sleep the night before and be prepared to wake early to get a fresh start on the day. This way, you will have plenty of time to get things further organized before the movers show up. Have that cup of coffee, take a shower, and prepare yourself.

Wear Appropriate Clothes

Moving day will be strenuous and physical for everyone. Just because the movers are there to do the heavy lifting doesn’t mean you won’t be running around directing people and sorting things out. You will need to don comfortable clothes, preferably in layers that you can peel off as the day progresses and your body heat increases. Wear socks and sneakers, leave the jewelry in the box, and avoid loose or baggy clothing.

Ensure Everyone’s Safety

To make sure no injuries and accidents occur during moving day, go around the house and remove obstacles that could become tripping hazards. Keep the path clear from all rooms, through the front door and into the truck. Apply anti-slip coverings to the floors and stairs so no one falls and to protect your property.

Make Arrangements For Children and Pets

Moving is more stressful on kids and pets than you think. Arrange for child or pet care during the chaos of moving day. Hire a neighborhood babysitter to keep them occupied or send them to a family member for the day.

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Greet the Movers

Once the movers show up, before they pick up one box, you should go over all the paperwork with them, such as the service order, Bill of Lading, valuation addendum, receipts and inventory lists. Give the movers a quick tour and let them know any details that will help them with their jobs.

Eat Healthy

Prepare healthy foods, snacks and refreshing beverages in the morning that you can provide to the movers, anyone helping you, and your family members. It’s important to keep your energy up and stay hydrated.

Go Through the Home

Once all the boxes and furniture have been taken out of the house, triple check that you haven’t forgotten anything, such as chargers, phones, or anything tucked away in the attic. Give the movers your new address again and conform it so they can begin the trip of transporting your stuff.

Go around the house and assess the condition of all rooms. Check for damage, do some last-minute cleaning, and lock all doors before you leave.

Pack the Essentials

You will need a box of important things to keep on your person for the first day or two in the new place. This way, you won’t have to rifle through all your boxes to find what you need. In this bag or box, you should place:

  • Healthy snacks
  • Medicines (OTC and prescription, allergy meds, pain reliever, first-aid kit, etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • Saline solution and spare contacts
  • Diapers and formula
  • Toys for kids and pets
  • Personal documents (financial reports, medical records, tickets, etc.)
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Electronics (phone, laptop, tablets for the kids, and all chargers)
  • Power strips and batteries
  • Basic tools (hammer, nails, screws, pliers, screwdrivers, measuring tape, duct tape, scissors, box cutter, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies (broom and a mop, wet wipes, paper towels, bucket, cleaning solution, trash bags, etc.)
  • List of key contacts (list of phone/text numbers of close family and friends, emergency numbers, the moving company, credit card company, insurance company, hotel, etc. so you can contact anyone you may need in a hurry.

Contact Redefyne Moving

Ready to book the all-important moving day? Don’t worry, you got this – or rather, WE got this! Let the Redefyne team help with every aspect of your relocation so you can survive moving day no problem. Just contact us for a free quote at 888-883-6686.

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