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14 Proven Moving Day Tips That You Really Need

Is your relocation date approaching fast? Then you’ll need some helpful moving day tips to ensure your move to a new place is as stress-free as possible. Luckily, we at Cross Country Moving Company have been in this business for a while, which means that we know all the tricks to a smooth relocation. To make the whole process easier for you, we’ve put together this quick guide with tips to help you on your moving day.

Take a Day Off

If you are relocating on a weekday when you’re usually at work, take the day off. You will need all the time and energy you have for this task. If you are unable to do so, have someone you trust help you by being there as your representative.

Find a Pet sitter or a Babysitter

If you have young children or pets, it would be a good idea to find someone to help you by looking after them on this day. Not only can the whole process be a little overwhelming for them, but they will also be in the way of the movers. This is unsafe both for them and for your belongings.
Find someone to look after your kids when the movers arrive

Make Sure You Wake Up Early

You will want to wake up reasonably early on the morning of your relocation. You will simply have a long list of tasks to tackle, such as last-minute packing, so it is in your best interest to get an early start. It would be ideal that you are awake at least three to four hours before the workers are scheduled to arrive at your home.

Pack a Bag of Essentials

Ideally, you would do this well in advance, but in case you haven’t, this is your last chance. Every family member should have a bag of essentials they will need on the first night after you move in. This includes toiletries, a small first-aid kit, clean clothes and underwear, as well as bed sheets. By packing a bag of essentials, you won’t have to think about unpacking as soon as you move in.
Pack a bag of essentials

Best Moving Day Tips 

There are certain things you should do before your relocation experts arrive, either on the date of the relocation or the night prior, to ensure that your home is properly prepared for their arrival.

Have a Moving-Related Checklist

Before you tackle any of your tasks, it would be smart to create a checklist. This way, you can rest assured you’re not forgetting anything important. Check off the entries as you do them and add new ones you think of along the way.

Protect Your House or Apartment

You should make sure both your old and your future home are protected from possible damage. Pay close attention to doorways and narrow corridors, where walls could accidentally get chipped with bulkier pieces of furniture. You should also cover the floors to avoid any scratching when packing or removing the furniture.

Label Your Moving Boxes Clearly

Your movers won’t know how to handle certain boxes and their contents if they don’t know what’s in them. This is why it is of crucial importance to properly label your boxes when packing, especially those that contain fragile items. Write these labels clearly, in big letters, on at least three sides of each box. You could also write down the room a particular box should go to.

The Makeover of Your New Home

Before your belongings arrive at your new home, you should make sure that the house or apartment is ready. This includes, for the most part, thorough cleaning. Move anything that could be in the way and get rid of things you won’t need.
Clean your new home before moving in

Things to Have on Hand

There are certain items you should have with you on the moving date just in case you need them. For example, ziplock bags will be useful for storing screws and nuts as your furniture is being disassembled. It would also be smart to have a small first-aid kit with you in case of a minor accident.

Prepare Refreshments

Relocating a home is a physically demanding process. This is why it would be smart to have some refreshments ready for everyone. For example, have a few bottles of cold water in the summer, or maybe some tea in the winter. Snacks could be a nice touch too.
Prepare food and drinks

Don’t Forget About Yourself

It is not rare that we see people who are so overwhelmed on their relocation date that they completely forget to eat. It is essential that you take care of yourself and your needs too. Remind yourself every once in a while to have a meal and drink a glass of water to keep you energized.

Be There Throughout the Whole Thing

It is vital that you’re physically present throughout the whole move-out process. This is the only way to make sure you can properly oversee everything and give instructions when necessary. Your movers will appreciate it.

Do a Final Walk-through

Once all your belongings are out of your home, do a final walk-through. Check each room to make sure you’re not leaving anything important behind.

Should I Tip My Movers

As with any service-based business, a customer usually tips the workers if they are satisfied with their work. In general, around $20 per worker is the average, but you can feel free to tip more or less, depending on your level of satisfaction. 
It is customary to tip movers
Are you ready to move to a new home? Then contact Cross Country Moving Company to request your relocation price estimate and schedule the best available date. We are looking forward to hearing from you.