Moving day schedule: how to do it right

Moving day tipsNovember 24, 2020

Is your moving day getting near, but you’re not sure how it’s going to look? Don’t worry for a minute! Zippy Shell Moving and Storage DMV is an experienced company, and we’ve decided to share our experience and make your moving day a little bit easier. Moving is a big change, and it requires that numerous tasks and obligations get done beforehand. That’s one of the reasons why moving day seems like big trouble – everything is culminating, the people that are about to move are sleep deprived and at that point, you’ll just want everything to be over and to have a good night’s sleep. We’ve prepared a moving day schedule to help you overcome the moving anxiety and get ready on time!

Moving day schedule and other lists

One of the most important parts of the moving process is keeping lists. They are ideal because you can keep them on paper and online, and they require minimum effort. But why should you keep them? Because they will help you maintain sanity when everything else seems overwhelming. They will have things in order, and you’ll know what else you’re supposed to do, as opposed to how you might feel at the moment. You’ll also get the feeling of accomplishment as you go through the list and finish the tasks. Keeping a list can be very easy when you do it on your electronic device. That will keep in available at all times. If you want to make sure you can have access to it almost anywhere, upload it, and edit it on your online drive which you can access by entering an email and a password. Inconvenience-free way of staying organized! 

notepad with moving day schedule and workspace
Keeping a list of all the necessities will help you have a perfectly organized moving day.

Check your lists a few nights before moving

Make sure you’ve done everything you need to do according to the moving day schedule, and that you have packed the moving-day bag. What is it supposed to contain? 

Moving-day bag content: 

  • At least one spare outfit that’s made of cotton which is breathable and comfortable 
  • Liquids and the food for the road
  • Documents, which need to be packed in plastic bags and stored in such a way that they don’t get damaged 
  • If you have kids, then it should also contain their spare outfits, food, and of course, toys which they love and that will keep them entertained through the day 

“Before a moving day” schedule

The day before the moving day, simply place the label or colored tape over the items that you wish to leave at your current place. That will make the whole process of moving out easier and prevent the hiccups that might occur on your moving day. Again, keep your documents in your bag where they’re easily available to you, but make sure it’s safely stored. 

There’s another thing that you should do before you leave your current apartment. Fill the trash bag with the items that should be thrown away and that are dangerous and flammable. That will help you keep a peace of mind, as well as leave a clean space behind yourself. 

toy bear plushie
If you have kids, don’t forget to pack their favorite plushie or a blanket.


Moving day schedule before the movers arrive

Moving day schedule before the movers come should look like this: 

  • Wake up 
  • Hygiene
  • Pack the toiletries 
  • Dress 
  • Pack the PJs 
  • Have a breakfast
  • Clean after yourself 
  • Pack the fridge if you haven’t done it 
  • Take out the trash 
  • Take a look at your apartment and see if there are any obstacles that might make loading the truck harder. Remove the obstacle. That may also translate to moving rugs and mats of all kinds, low-hanging items, and the decoration that stands in the way. 
  • Make sure you’ve labeled all the fragile boxes that you need, and that the label is easily noticeable. 
  • Call your movers to check-in

After you’ve done everything you can to prepare everything, all you can do is relax and wait if you have time. If it’s summer season, don’t forget to have water bottles available at hand since the physical work can easily lead to dehydration. Provide these, alongside drinks with electrolytes, to the workers. When the movers come, tell them where they should park, where they can get food and water and what amenities they can use. 

Have a talk with your movers

It’s of utmost importance that you have clear communication with your movers. That means that you have to read a contract and truly understand it, so make sure you read it carefully before you sign anything. Ask the movers that are transporting your items when they are planning on setting off, so you can set off at the same time, and arrive when your items do. If you have any additional questions, make sure you ask them right away. Movers are there to make your process easier, not the other way around. 

Move your items to storage

If you’re moving locally, then it might be a good idea to move your items to storage first, and then move the rest. Storage units Alexandria VA are at your disposal. By placing your items in storage first, you ensure that you have enough space to comfortably load the truck, without any additional items standing in your way. You can move your items to the storage the day before the move, or on the same day, but make sure that there’s at least a small time chunk in between for you to prepare mentally for the move. 

Last check before you depart

Before you get into the car and leave for your forever home, take a look at the rooms in the house. See if there is anything else that you want to bring, if movers have forgotten to load something and, of course, check your documents. The last thing you want to realize in the middle of a long-distance move is that something was left behind! That’s also why you should hire quality, reliable movers that offer quality services

It’s obligatory to check the documents one last time before you depart. You don’t want to forget anything of utmost importance!

Make sure you’re prepared for the arrival

Take one last look at a moving day schedule and if you’ve done everything, prepare for the departure mentally. Remember that, when you get to your new forever home, the moving process still isn’t over. You will have to unpack and get rid of the packing materials after that. Have you prepared for that process? Do you know which services you’re going to call and where you’ll dispose of the packing materials? If yes, congratulations, you’re ready for the move! If not, don’t worry! Give us a call and we will ensure that you have a solution to any problems that might come up. 

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