8 Tips to Help Prepare for your Upcoming Move

Updated: Mar 13

Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Most of the stress from moving comes from a lack of preparation for moving day. Here is a list of 8 things you need to consider in the weeks preceding your move

1. Plan your Moving Day Meals

Obviously you don’t want to be cooking and doing dishes on moving day. You will already be making plenty of decisions that day, so you may as well make this decision early. Even if it’s just ordering a pizza and having some paper plates you’ll be glad you planned out your meals ahead of time.

2. Sleep Early to Start Early

You’ll want to get plenty of sleep the night before moving day. It’s hard to know how long moving is going to take, or how much time you will be spending on your feet. Nobody ever regrets getting good sleep before a busy day!

3. Make Sure All Paths are Clear

Your home becomes a high traffic zone on moving day. It’s important for all hallways and doorways to be open so that your movers can access wherever they need with ease. Your home doesn’t need to spotless, we all find a lot of dust and lost items when we see the floor under our couch. However your day could be much easier if you don’t need to scramble to clear a path when your movers arrive.

4. Have a Plan for Each Room and Each Item

This step is simple for those who want their movers to take care of everything, but there are many cases when you have items you want to move yourself. It could also be that there are supplies you need to leave behind in order to clean your old home once it is empty. No matter what your situation is, it is important to have a plan for each room and each item, so you don’t have to make decisions as your things are carried out the door.


5. You May Need More Boxes than You Think

Nobody wants to waste money by purchasing too many boxes for your move. You also don’t want to be packing the night before your movers come, and realize that you need more boxes than you have. If you are unable to finish packing your items by moving day, chances are you will have to unload boxes and make a second trip to get all your stuff. Under normal circumstances, it is better to have too many boxes than not enough, especially because most places will allow you to return any boxes that you didn’t use.


6. Keep an Eye on the Weather

Specifics for this tip vary based on where you live and what season it is. If it might rain, you may not want to pack your umbrella. If there could be snow or ice, make sure you have access to your snow shovel and sidewalk salt. It is going to be a hot summer day, you may want to consider buying a pack of bottled water the day before so you can stay hydrated.


7. Label Items You Will Need Soon

There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find something you need, and having to open up box until you find it. If you know you are going want to read a book at the end of moving day, go ahead and put a label on the box has your book in it. The same could be said for the tv remote, silverware/dishes, and your pillow. Make sure you label everything that you think you will want quickly after your move is completed.

8. Throw Away/Sell Unused Items

If you are going to be going through all your property anyway, it may be a good chance to consider selling some items and furniture. Not only will it make your things fit better into your new place, but there also won’t be as many things to move on moving day.

(Check out this article designed to help you downsize!)


Hopefully these tips are helpful and make your moving day a more enjoyable experience. You may be surprised how much easier moving can become with some thoughtful preparation. As long as you remember that moving never goes exactly as planned, these tips can be a great resource for you during your upcoming move!

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