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Prepping to move? There are a lot of steps to check off in between from packing and planning to figuring out how you’re going to unpack and organize everything once you’re finally in your new home with all your belongings. But first, there’s moving day itself. Follow our moving day tips to know how to make sure everything runs as smooth as possible.
If your movers don’t pack for you, make sure you finish your part of the work before they come. Their job is much easier if the house is completely ready to be put on the truck when they are there. If they need to wait for you to finish packing you will pay for their time anyway.
Assist your movers by making sure you know where they can park their truck, how they can best access your house, and if there are any time limitations on parking and moving hours (your movers operate on the assumption that this information has been researched). Remember they are trained professionals who’ve moved many boxes, couches, and fragile items, so the main thing is to let them do their job. They need you to stay out of the way, sure, but they can’t be left to do it all on their own. Keep close enough so they can find you if they need you.
A moving essentials bag is a small suitcase you pack up with anything you’ll need on moving day and a few days after, as well as things you do not want to put on the truck: cash, jewelry, and prescription medications. Take things like phone chargers, toiletries, medications, and extra sets of clothes. Hopefully you’ve already done your deep cleaning, but you should still keep basic cleaning supplies available for any unexpected touch-ups. Just like your essentials bag, keep your cleaning supplies somewhere they won’t get loaded on to the truck. For example, your car or a closet should be fine. Once the boxes are cleared out and space is empty you’ll be able to see if any last-minute cleaning needs to get done.
Do a thorough walk through of your home and keep an eye out for anything you might have forgotten. Open all of your cabinets and check every single one of your closets, including the very backs of shelves. Make sure that anything you plan to take with you is packed and ready to go.
Tipping movers is not necessarily required, but it is highly appreciated. If you hired a professional moving company, you want to be sure to have cash on hand on moving day for tips. Generally, the standard tipping practice is $25-$50 per move or 10% to 15% of the move total, depending on how long they worked, how many awkward staircases they had to navigate, and how pleased you are with their service. Since you can’t tip by check or credit card, having cash is the way to go. Providing snacks and drinks throughout the day is also a good tip as it will keep your moving team energized and moving quickly and efficiently.
There’s always a bit of a challenge on moving day. It’s impossible to anticipate everything that could go wrong, but following the tips above will help make sure that you’ve at least got your bases covered. You can ask a friend to come too to be with you on moving day itself, even if you’ve got movers doing all the difficult work.