Moving day is the last day you will ever see your old home. It is also the day you will sleep in your new home if it is not a long-distance move. On moving day, the moving company will come and load up all your earthly belongings and transport them to your new home, so you need to be organized and prepared for the tons of activity and people who will be in your house that day.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Before moving day, get a good night’s sleep because you will need to get up early before the movers arrive to collect your things the following day. It will not look good on you for them to wake you up with loud truck honks. Be ready and waiting with everything well organized to be picked up and taken out when they arrive.
Keep Access Ways Open
Clear a path into your drive for the moving truck. If they have to park in the street in front of your house where you share usage with neighbours, be considerate and ask them for permission to have the truck parked there for the time that it will take to load it. Preferably, do this way in advance so they have time to make other arrangements for their vehicles.
Have Snacks and Drinks Appropriate to the Weather on Hand
Moving day is a hard day on everyone involved in the relocation. Give your team of movers the energy they need by having snacks on hand that they can munch on when they take a break. Serve cool drinks on a hot day and hot drinks on a cold day. Keep the food light so that it can be eaten while on the go — such as sandwiches and slices of pizza.
Control Children and Pets
Young children and pets often get anxious and hyperactive when high adrenaline activities are occurring around them. Make plans to keep them occupied away from the action so that they do not distract the movers and cause accidents. If possible, ask a neighbour or friend to watch them while the moving is going on until it is time to leave.
Clean Up the House
After all the household goods and items have been removed from the house, mobilize a cleaning team so that you can leave the house in bearable condition for the next tenant or owner. Take care of debris left outside and around your old house so that you do not leave an eyesore. Use trash bins to throw out the debris or take it out to a dumping site.
Give Your Home a Final Check
After everything has been loaded, go through the house checking each room, opening drawers and cabinets to see if there is anything that might have been left by mistake and get it out.
Have the Final Payment Ready
It is important that you have the cash ready to pay the movers once they get to the new house. Movers will only off load when they receive the last payment, so do not inconvenience yourself, and them, by not being prepared when they ask you to pay.