Moving day – the day you have been simultaneously looking forward to and dreading – has finally arrived. Moving to a new property can be a fantastic step towards a new exciting life, but it can also mean leaving the familiar behind, something which can be more than a little daunting. There is so much that you need to remember to do. If, however you have done all your packing methodically in plenty of time before moving day and followed our tips on how to pack for a move  then you have already done quite a lot of work to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible on the day itself. Here are some moving tips that should help you on the big day.

Find someone to look after children and pets

Perhaps you have a family member or a friend who could look after your children and/or pets until you have arrived at your new home and made a start on the unpacking. Moving to a new house can be an especially stressful time for anyone and small children and animals can be particularly unsettled by the changes. And let’s face it, moving day isn’t very exciting with all those things being packed into a van and then unpacked – most children will prefer to be doing something else.

Let friends and family help

Not only are friends and family great for helping with your children or pets, they can be one of your best assets on moving day. If you have a couple of friends who can help you on the day it can really make all the difference to how long it takes you to get something done. Whether they help you to transport your more valuable belongings (the things you don’t want on the moving truck) to your new home, or simply assist you with clean-up of your old property to ready for its new owners, if they offer to help you, let them! If there is really very little practical help they can provide, they can still be on hand to assist with any last-minute issues if you become too overwhelmed.

Check and check again

Make sure all your boxes have been packed and labelled ready for moving day. To help lessen the load of your moving truck, make arrangements for anything you don’t want to take to your new property. It’s a good idea before moving out of your old property to take time to check each room as it is emptied to make sure none of your belongings are being left behind. If you are taking furniture, there might be things that have fallen behind these items that you won’t see until the last minute. Do a quick clean-up of each room and check inside any closets, drawers and cabinets to see if you missed anything. Then when you are happy that a room is clear, close the door so you know where you have left off.

Make a checklist

Even the most organized people sometimes need a checklist. Make a list of all the jobs you need to do before you leave your old house. Make sure everything is turned off and all the windows and external doors are locked. You should also include a list of anyone you will need to call. You may need to contact utility companies to make sure they have your final meter readings on moving day.

Pack some things in your car

There are some things that you might not want to entrust to a moving company. These are the things that you will want to put in your own car for transporting to the new home. This might be items that are valuable, including those with a sentimental value, fragile items that you are worried might break in the moving truck or paperwork with personal details which are best to be kept close at all times.

The night before you move, gather all these items together into one place ready for packing in the morning. Unless you have a very secure garage, it isn’t a good idea to pack these items until you are ready to go as you don’t want to risk them being stolen. You might also want to consider putting together a box of essentials for your car, things like drinks, snacks, cleaning supplies and even a few tools – all the things you might need to get to quickly once you reach your new home. When it comes to packing tips, this is one that you might find very handy – and a lot simpler than having to go through all your carefully packed boxes.

Take the night off from cooking

Even the most organized person should take a night off occasionally and no matter how organized you think you are there will be very little spare time on moving day. If you can, prepare some sandwiches the night before so you have something to eat at lunch – you might be surprised by how busy you are and how hard is it to prepare something. Remember all your pots & pans are likely to still be in boxes once you are in your new home so either prepare a dish the day before that you can pop into the oven/microwave or order takeout – this can be a great way to thank any friends and family members who have helped you.

With all this covered, moving day, while perhaps a little stressful, should be one you’ll look back on with fond memories once you’re comfortably settled in your new home.



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