If you're the type of person who does better with a list, then of course you're going to make one on moving day! But with so much to do, you're likely to forget to add a few things to your list. The ultimate moving checklist below will help make sure you don't leave out anything important.
1. Set paperwork aside.
You don't want to have to shuffle through boxes to find utility information or other important paperwork, so set any papers you need aside in a folder. Place it on top of the fridge so you know where it is.
2. Give the movers last-minute instructions.
If you have movers assisting you, make sure you give them any last-minute updates or instructions when they arrive on moving day. For instance, let them know what boxes are fragile and where they should park when they arrive at your new home.
3. Throw away food that won't make it.
Hopefully, you've used up and given away most of your food by now so it does not go to waste. Before you leave on moving day, make sure you toss anything that's left. You don't want to leave it rotting in the fridge for the new resident to find.
4. Ready your pets.
If you have pets, make sure you get everything ready for them on moving day. Set aside food for them to have in the car, any calming medications they might need, and their veterinary and vaccination records—which they'll definitely need if you're traveling across state lines.
5. Look up your route.
Even though you probably have GPS directions on your phone, you should still look up your route before you set off to your new home. This way, you'll have an idea of how long it will take, and you can take the time to consider various routes and choose the one you like best.
6. Pack your medications.
If you take medications regularly, pack them all up into a separate pouch or box. Take this with you, rather than sending it with the movers. It's a good idea to include basic medications like ibuprofen, allergy pills, and anti-nausea medication in the box so you have them on hand if needed.
7. Call the new landlord.
If you are moving into a new apartment, it's a good idea to give your new landlord a call the morning of your move. This way, you can confirm they are around to give you the keys, tell you where to park, and give you a tour of the apartment.
8. Do some last-minute cleaning.
You can get most of the cleaning done before moving day, but there are some things you won't be able to do until the boxes are out of the way. Sweep the floors, vacuum the carpets, and clean out the refrigerator. It helps if you set a cleaning bucket aside while you are packing so it's ready when you need to clean up on moving day.
9. Adjust the thermostat.
If it's winter, check with your landlord to see if they want you to turn the thermostat or hot water heater down before you leave. Especially if your name is still on the utility accounts, you don't want to over-heat a vacant home.
10. Keep receipts in one place.
Designate a specific envelope for your receipts related to moving. Or better yet, take photos of receipts with your phone as you receive them. This way, when you need to declare moving expenses on your taxes or request reimbursement from your employer, you can easily find your receipts.
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13 November 2017
While I lived in a small town my entire life, in my early 20s I decided to move to a big bustling city. Since the cost of living was so low in my hometown, I was able to afford a rental home. However, with my income, I realized I could only afford a studio apartment in my new city. I did not want to get rid of all of my furniture and belongings that would not fit into my new small apartment, especially my prized collection of antique dolls! I was worried my dolls would not fare well in storage, but I learned that any collectible can be kept in great condition when prepared properly for storage and kept in the right unit. I decided to share what I have learned about choosing storage units and keeping collectibles in great condition while in storage on my new blog!