Even if you are planning to move locally, there is still a lot of planning and organizing that needs to be done in order to make the move as easy as possible. If you want to ensure that you are ready to go on moving day, it is important that you start far enough in advance of your move date.
In our last blog post, we shared a moving checklist that covered some of the most essential tasks to complete both two months and one month prior to your move date. If you’re a week out or days away from your moving day, make sure you have everything on this checklist completed!
1 Week Before The Move
You should already have the tasks from our last checklist finished. The handful of days you have prior to your moving date should be used to ensure that the items on this list are taken care of.
Get Rid of Any Hazardous Items
If you haven’t already, get rid of items that are corrosive, flammable, poisonous, or not safe to move with. There are a lot of specific ways to dispose of hazardous items, such as those found in your garage, so make sure you do so properly.
Start Taking Down Electronics
If you have certain electronics that you have still been using, you should start getting them ready for transport a week before the move. If you don’t want to struggle with setting up all of your electronics in your new home, take a quick photo on your phone of how the wires are arranged. This will make setting up computers, televisions, and gaming systems in your new home a breeze.
Pack Up the Items in Your Pantry
Don’t let your pantry go to waste. Defer any extensive baking and cooking plans until after your move — this is the time to indulge in some tasty take-out! If you come across any unopened food that you won’t be using, consider donating it to the local food pantry.
Update Subscription Services
You should have already notified the post office of your address change. If you haven’t already, update your address for the items that are delivered to you. Update your address for any newspaper or magazine subscription services. You should also update your workplace on your new home address.
Do a Deep Clean of Your Home
It may not be your first instinct to clean the property you’re about to leave, but tidying up is an important step of the moving process. Performing a final clean of your place will not only help your odds of getting your security deposit (if applicable) back, but it also gives you the chance to locate any items you may have missed while packing.
The Day of The Move
Can you believe it? Today is the day! By now you should have completed the necessary tasks two months, one month, and one week prior to your move date. Now it’s time to finalize everything and head to your new home!
Keep Essential Items Handy
Even for a local move, it is nice to have essential items handy. Put together a bag of essentials and transport it in your personal vehicle so that the items you need don’t get lost with your other boxes.
Make Sure Nothing Gets Left Behind
We’re sure you’ve already completed this step multiple times, but it doesn’t hurt to do one final walkthrough to ensure that nothing was missed. Your refrigerator should be cleared and all of the cabinets, closets, and drawers should be empty. Check all rooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to be sure you didn’t miss anything.
Load Up All of Your Boxes
If you’re using a moving van or truck you’ll need to load up all of your boxes and belongings. It may be helpful to have some friends or family members help you with this process as it can be quite strenuous. If you’re using door-to-door moving services, like those we offer here at Doorage, you should have scheduled your moving containers to be picked up. You don’t have to worry about doing any heavy-lifting — the door-to-door movers will pick up your containers and deliver them to the proper destination when you are ready.
Head to Your New Place
Once everything is packed and ready to go, you can get in your car and head to your new home! Before you do that, though, take the time to say goodbye to the property you are vacating your own special way. We make a lot of memories in our homes and it is nice to remember and reflect upon those that happened at your old home as well as look forward to those that are to come in your new home.
Start Unpacking When You Arrive
Once you arrive at your home, do a quick walk-through of your new home to make sure that everything is in place. If everything looks good it’s time to start unpacking — yay! You definitely don’t have to unpack everything, but it is a good idea to put away any perishable food items that you may have brought along and unpack any fragile items or anything that you would like to use in the next 24 hours. If you use door-to-door moving services, your items will arrive when you scheduled them, which can be helpful in preventing the unpacking process from becoming too overwhelming.
Moving is a long, drawn-out process, but there is no better feeling than arriving at your new home! Once you get settled in and are close to having everything unpack you can truly start to enjoy your new home and all the amenities that come along with it.
Move To Your New Home With Door to Door Moving Services
With door-to-door moving solutions from Doorage, local moves have never been easier. Rather than working with a moving company or trying to move everything yourself, Doorage offers a more convenient, affordable, and hassle-free way to move your belongings to your new address. Learn more about how door-to-door moving works.