Moving to a new house can be exciting, stressful, happy, and overwhelming all at the same time. After all the stresses of finding a house, applying for a mortgage, and closing the deal, you just have one major obstacle left before you can settle into your new place: the move itself.
Moving is rarely a stress-free process. There is so much to do that you’re not sure if you’re going to get everything done before the moving service provider starts pulling up your (soon-to-be-former) driveway. But you’ve managed to pull through, and now you have twenty-four hours left before moving day. With your last day in your house, here are some dos and don’ts that should get you through everything that’s in store for tomorrow:
Do set your expectations
The packing is all done and you’re pretty much ready to load things up, but you’re not out of the woods yet. The moving itself is a relatively stressful process that you have to be prepared for. Even if you have movers helping you with your move, you’re still going to have to oversee the loading and unloading, as well as direct the movers when placing furniture inside your home unless you want to do all of it yourself. Moreover, you’re going to have to be fast when telling movers where you want things to be if you don’t want to pay for extra hours.
All things considered, the moving day itself is going to be one of the most stressful parts of the process yet. That said, it’s best if you set your expectations on the day before the move so that you’re mentally prepared for what’s about to come.
Do check the weather
Moving day becomes much more difficult in not-so-great weather. If the weather forecast is sunny or cloudy the next day, then that’s good. But if there is a chance of rain, be prepared with a raincoat, boots, and an umbrella just in case.
Do pack up the last of your items
You probably have your essentials still lying around in the bedroom or bathroom. Do yourself a favor and pack them up before going to bed. Take a shower the night before so that you don’t have to pack up your toiletries and clothes at the last minute.
Do prepare food
Moving day is going to be hectic, so it’s best if you have food prepared beforehand. Whip up something healthy for your family and the movers so that everyone stays in their best spirits throughout the day. Stay away from foods high in calories, fat, sugar, or sodium, as these foods can make you tired rather than energized.
Do check everything
At this point, you’ve probably already triple-checked everything, but it won’t hurt to check again to make sure you don’t have any item left unpacked or box unsealed.
Don’t stay up too late
Moving day is exhausting, which is why you need to have a lot of energy for it. Refrain from staying up too late the day before moving so that you can get up early and start preparing before the movers arrive. Doing this also ensures that you don’t get overly tired during the moving day, which is especially important if you have children or pets to get settled in when you get to the new house.
Don’t throw a party the day before
It can be tempting to make a few last memories with your loved ones in the old house by throwing a dinner party or a small celebration. However, do this at least a few days before moving day, not the day before. You don’t want to spend the last night in your house doing dishes or repacking stuff into boxes.
Don’t move heavy objects yourself
You may want to make the movers’ job easier by moving heavy items near the door by yourself, but unless you are a trained professional, you’re risking an injury if you don’t know how to lift properly. Let the movers do it. If you want to speed things up, move the lighter boxes to the areas nearest the front door or garage.
Don’t forget to tip
Your movers have worked hard to move all of your stuff from the old house to the new one; the best way to show your appreciation is to give them a generous tip.
Moving is an incredibly exhausting and stressful experience, especially if you have a lot of belongings to take with you to the new house. Nevertheless, you can make the process at least a little bit easier by heeding these dos and don’ts for the day before the move.