4 Things To Do On Moving Day

Posted on: 8 January 2016

You have scheduled your movers for moving day, gotten the new home ready, and said goodbye to your neighbors. However, there are a few more things you need to do on the day you move in order to help everything go smoothly.

Have a "Moving Day" Bag Ready

If you have not done this already, make sure you have a moving day bag ready. This is a bag or box that has all the items you will need the day and night of the move, including the evening when you get to the new home. It should include essential toiletries for all members of the household, pajamas and clothing for the following morning, some basic food items, and towels for showering. Depending on the size of your family, you might want to pack a separate one for the kids, or for each kids individually. Keep this in your own vehicle so you have it with you after a long day of moving.

Verify Date and Time From the Movers

Even if you scheduled moving day with a local moving company, you don't want to leave anything to chance. Schedules get mixed up and mistakes happen. You need to be prepared as soon as possible, so call up the company the morning before they are to arrive just to be sure they are going to be there. This not only gives you peace of mind so you can start preparing, but lets them double-check their schedule to ensure they send the movers out to your house as requested.

Double-Check Hidden Spaces

There are likely places of your home where you might not have checked fully when packing your belongings. On moving day, take a second glance at the hidden areas just to be sure nothing is left behind. This might be inside the vent in your bedroom where you used to hide keys to your safe, or underneath the floor boards where your daughter hid her diary. Also check areas like the rafters in the garage, the attic, basement, and crawl spaces. Check the shed in the backyard and the treehouse to be sure nothing is left behind.

Turn Off Utilities

Also make sure all of the utilities are turned off before you move away the last items and lock up. You should leave the utilities on until the last day, but then you need to call the local power company to have the utilities shut off or transferred from your name. As you close the door, double-check that all lights are turned off. You also might want to turn off the electrical panel if the home will be vacant for a while.

For more ideas, talk to a moving professional like Bekins Van Lines Inc.