18 Nov, 2016

How to Prepare for Moving Day

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Posted by: Johnson Moving Staff
How to Prepare for Moving Day

There are many things that need to be done for moving day aside from simply packing.  A move is a big change that requires organizing time to minimize work.  There are many factors aside from packing that need to be considered. This includes your time frame for the relocation, paring down belongings, changing addresses and much more. With careful planning things can go smoothly.

Prepare for the Move

Make sure to have checklist handing to ensure that all the tasks are done (click here).  This will allow you to pack and disassemble items in a correct, stress free order. Planning will take a lot of the stress away from moving. Remember to always buy more packing supplies than you think is needed.

Determine How Much Time You Have Before The Move

By setting out a time frame this will allow you to create a schedule for tasks. The more time you have, the more organized you can be which will save you money in the long run.

Consider The Distance

When creating your task list distance is a factor for consideration. For example, moving in the same neighbour is different than moving to another city. This way you can take in factors such as travel fees, family, and pets for relocation.

Assess Your Budget

Once you have itemized your belongings and assessed your relocation distance, going over your budget is important. This includes the cost of movers and packing supplies as well. Also take into consideration if your employer is assisting you with relocation fees. Make sure to get this in writing  so you get reimbursed correctly.

Pare Down Belongings

Go through each room and determine what can be kept to move, what is going, and what is going to be given away or donated.  It will bring down packing time and allow for you a have a great start to your new home.

Clearing Out Belongings Should Be Done Sooner Than Later

If you have items you plan one freeing yourself  of this will free your time and space for moving.

  • Consider having a garage sale or giving them to friends who may need them.
  • Many areas have recycling centres where donate them to local charities and give back to the community.
  • Phone local charities and see if there are any items that they may be able to use as well.
  • If you have valuable antiques or expensive furniture or electronics putting them online or having an auction.

Use Up Food

Going through your food items will allow you to use up items or dispose of them for less kitchen items to move.  If you have the time consider donating nonperishable stuff to a food pantry or charity. There also maybe some items you can give to friends.


As you are packing make sure you are cleaning as well. Clean out appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, freezers, and microwaves.  You don’t want to be at your new home and have a dirty oven.

Make sure your fridge is defrosted and cleared of any shelves. Try to empty out the racks and drawers as well. If it’s hot out perhaps having a cooler with cold beverages handy not just for yourself but the movers will appreciate it as well.

Factor in time for cleaning the new place as well. You may want to arrange overlap time to be able to do this before you move. Some people find it demoralized to have other peoples grim still in the house once they move in.

Repair and Touchups

Preparing your home for the new residents is something needs to factored into your schedule as well. Perhaps the are repairs (large or small) that need to addressed. Touch ups and repainting may be necessary as well.  Most people look forward to decorating the new home.

Change Of Information

Make sure to tell friends and family your new contact information. Most importantly, tell your utilities such as electricity, cable, and telephones. Make sure inform any government agencies as well. This not only for tax purposes but for insurances as well.

Arranging Items For Moving

You may want to arrange your boxes and furniture in a manner that the movers have the easiest access to move everything. You want them to maneuver around as efficiently and quickly as possible. 

Also, having the driveway clear is important as well.  If possible park your car in your neighbour's driveway or on the street. This will allow for the move to take less time and save you money.

What’s Next?

Although there are many details that need to be addressed with careful timing the move can go as smoothly as possible. If you have any further questions we are here to help.