Movers Guide: The Essential Packing and Moving Checklist

Getting ready for moving day can be the most chaotic time of a person's year if not their life. First time movers, especially, allow things to fall through the cracks. It is important for the movers to always remain on top of their items and the moving process in general. From the moving company to the truck to all the packing peanuts its easy to allow something to get lost in shuffle.

With a simple checklist a mover can stay on top on all the little things that need to be done before and on moving day. An example of such a simple checklist would look like the one listed below:

One-Two Months Before Moving Day:

1.Set the actual date in stone so that you will have the information necessary to rent trucks, hire labor, recruit friends, etc.

2.File for a change of address. If you find yourself pressed for time file a temporary change of address form with your Post Office. Make sure you do this before you tell anyone else.

3.Arrange for any utilities transfers by contacting your utility providers such as the cable company, water, electricity, etc. of your change of address and when that change will be effective.

4.Rent the truck, secure help by either hiring movers or recruiting your friends and family, and, most importantly, start packing all of the things you don't need to survive. The sooner you start packing the less you'll have to worry about.

About Two Weeks Before Moving Day:

1.Organize your boxes with labels so you know which ones should be opened first and which ones are not essential.

2.Return anything that needs to be returned such as cable boxes, your neighbor's tools, etc.

3.Start planning meals so that your perishable foods will be gone before moving day. Anything that could spoil you'll have to throw out.

4.Decide on whether you want to hold a yard/garage sale to get rid of any items you won't be taking with you. This is particularly useful if you are downsizing.

Days Before Moving Day

1.Confirm all your dates and times so that everything can go as smoothly as possible.

2.Have everyone in the house pack about one or two suitcases with things they will need right away. This includes a change of clothes, medication, toiletries, something to entertain the kids, pet food, etc.

On Moving Day:

1.Remember to take all of the garbage out of the house. The last thing the buyer or real estate agent wants is to walk into a smelly home!

2.Make sure the moving company has your contact information and you have theirs just in case something comes up or someone gets lost.

3.Perform all the final checks. If the buyer isn't moving in for awhile turn off the electricity, gas, water, etc. Don't leave anything on! Also, make sure the house is locked. Even if its empty it's still vulnerable.

But the most important thing to remember is to stay calm and try not to run yourself ragged keeping up with the details.

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2besure 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Just reading about moving give me the willies! I really hate to pack. Great suggestions however.

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Agreed - moving is a lot of work! Thanks for reading!

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks again bellahurst! It is tough to not get stressed but the more organized you stay with the process will help significantly!

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Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Brian! Agreed - staying positive and open to new experiences makes a difference!

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