The Day Before Moving Day

Get as much done as possible before this day so you can relax and get some rest. Only do the stuff that has to wait until now, such as unplugging appliances, taping boxes, etc.

Disconnect and Disassemble

All appliances should be disconnected. All electronics entertainment centers, beds, and furniture should be disassembled. Cover mattresses. You can sleep on a covered mattresses on the floor for one night.

If the refrigerator is being moved, empty it, unplug it, and leave the door ajar. If you have an ice maker hooked up, unplug it from the back and drain the water from the tube.

First Floor

Move all household goods to the first floor. If a doorway is narrow, consider removing the door to make it easier to get furniture through.

Organize

Any items that you won’t be taking with must be set aside in a designated area so the movers don’t load them. Review the survival box list and confirm that everything is there. Have fragile items, storage items, and last minute boxes organized into separate places.

Cleaning and Packing Supplies

Gather cleaning supplies: bucket, mop, floor cleaner, sponges/rags, towels, trash bags, paper towels, broom, dustpan, brush, kitchen and bathroom cleaning products, vacuum.

Having a few extra boxes on hand at the end is helpful to pack last minutes items that you may have forgotten about.

Say Goodbye

Say goodbye to neighbors the night before because moving day will be hectic.

Meals

What will you eat on moving day? Get ice the night before for the cooler, and have drinks and food for the movers. If your freezer is unplugged, ask a neighbor if they can store the ice overnight. Otherwise, someone can always get it on moving day.

Gas and Money

Fill up the tank before departing. Have plenty of change if you’ll be passing through toll booths. Have the payment for the moving company ready. It’s also always a good idea to have some cash on you as well. You never know what might come up.

Tipping the movers is encouraged if they earn it, especially if they’re packing. A rule of thumb is to leave $40-60 tip for a small move, and $100-$120 for a long-distance move.

Permanent Fixtures

Movers don’t remove permanent fixtures, such as shelving, carpeting, mirrors, drapery, or curtain rods. These have to be removed yourself if you plan on having them transported.

Taping Boxes

Fold in the short sides of the box first, then the long sides. Run the tape from the top side of the box all the way down along the split and up to the other side of the box.

Add another strip of tape going the other direction on the bottom for heavy boxes. One goes north and south, the other goes east and west. You can also tape the inside for additional support.

Taping is time consuming, so it’s best to get it all done a few days in advance. You may run out of tape also, which would be a big problem if it happened while taping on moving day. Only tape when you’re certain that nothing from that box will be needed.

Will The House Be Vacant?

If you’re leaving your home vacant, be sure that your real estate agent or a neighbor has the keys; notify the insurance agent and police department that home will be vacant.

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