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How to Be Prepared on Moving Day

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When the big day arrives, you need to have more than just your coffee prepared for the day ahead. In order for the process to go as pain-free as possible, preparation is key. That means no scattered items left lying around to throw in a box last minute. Everything should be signed, sealed, and ready. Here’s what to do in order to be prepped and ready for that big moving day.

Have Items Packed

This seems pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how often people leave some items unpacked until the very last minute. Don’t be one of those people. Remember, you most likely will be paying those movers by the hour, so save yourself those extra dollars by having everything ready to go.

Ensure the Destination is Ready

Whether it’s an elevator that needs to be booked, or street parking that needs to be saved, have all of these details figured out and solidified before the big day. If you live in a rental property, be sure to get in touch with the landlord so they are aware of your moving date.


When movers are handling your heirloom China and precious cargo, you have every right to supervise the loading process to ensure that each piece is handled with care and respect. If you feel that items are being handled in a rough manner, don’t be afraid to speak up.

Check Inventory List

For certain moves, particularly long hauls, there should be a detailed, written inventory list. Be ready and waiting at your new destination so that you can go through that checklist as each item arrives. This is a smart way to ensure nothing is missing, and if it is, you can account for it while there is still an opportunity to recover the item.

Take a Sweep

When everything has been loaded, take a sweep through your (former) home to be sure that nothing was missed. Don’t forget to check behind the doors!

Double Check Unloaded Items

After the unloading has been completed, do a walkthrough and scan of the items and furniture. Try to keep an eye out for any signs of damage. The sooner you notice it, the better.

Once you have everything packed and ready for your local move, the rest is in the details. Keep a watchful eye on the moving process between loading and unloading, have your new destination ready and waiting, and take an inventory of your items for those long distance moves. Do all this and you’ll be sure to have smooth sailing to your new home.

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