On the first and third Thursday of the month, movers from across North America participate in a discussion on Twitter, called MoveChat, where stories, tips, and advice are shared. Every chat, we discuss a specific part of the moving process. This week the topic was, “Preparing for Move Day” and what follows is an edited transcript of the discussion. To view the full discussion, simply log into Twitter and follow the hashtag #movechat.
Q1A. What are some things you can prepare the weeks before the big day?
Moveline You can pack anything non-seasonal/rarely used, let people know you’re moving, and start cleaning the week before you move
HAuston Clearly identify and mark any items that will not be moved. De-clutter. A closet or room marked “DO Not Move” is helpful.
Moveline The day before you move finish any packing and make any arrangements for pets and children. Also confirm times with movers!
Moveline For both the day of and week before: double check everything on your inventory. Is everything where it should be?
jkmoving Week(s) before pack non-essential and seasonal items. Also look to donate/recycle items
HAuston Confirm dates with your mover. Pack items to keep with you during the move. Drain hoses, lawn equipment, waterbed, etc.
PortageCartage Mow your lawn one last time, then drain the fuel & oil from the mower.
Q1B. What can you do the day before move day?
jkmoving Be ready for the movers and clear walkways of ice, snow, leaves and toys, anything that can cause an accident!
Moveline Don’t forget to clean/remove garbage before you move, especially if you’re renting and have a security deposit
HAuston Remember the refrigerator and any items that you need “Loaded Last”.
Q2. Any suggestions on labeling your items for the movers?
Moveline Color code your boxes to corresponding rooms in your new place. Sticky notes and tape are a great way to do this!
jkmoving Whatever method you choose (room name, numbers, colors) stay consistent! Label it once, move it once.
HAuston Color coding is helpful. Clear, easy to read bold marking.
PortageCartage Don’t reveal the contents of the box on the label – just the room into which it should be delivered.
PortageCartage i.e. “jewelry, coin collection, booty from King Tut’s tomb” – to be blunt, don’t label it with anything tempting for theft.
Moveline Be clear when labeling boxes, for you and your movers. After awhile, every box begins to look the same.
Moveline When planning color coding/labeling it never hurts to have a floor plan or at least a clear idea of your new place’s layout
Q3. Any other tips and suggestions to help prepare for move day?
Moveline Don’t forget to forward your mail before, not on or after your moving day.
Moveline Also cancel your utilities, pack a box of essentials you’ll need when you first move in, and take a deep breath.
jkmoving Be at your origin and destination and be ready to answer any questions movers may have
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