Time is Money: 12 Tips to Prepare for Moving Day

Moving day can be a hectic and stressful experience, but proper preparation can make the process smoother and more organized. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for moving day:

1. Create a Moving Timeline:
●      Start planning well in advance. Create a timeline that includes tasks such as decluttering, packing, hiring movers, notifying utility companies, and having a sufficient floor plan regarding furniture placement in your new home. Breaking down the process will help you stay organized and save money.

2. Declutter and Donate:
●      Before you start packing, go through your belongings and declutter. Donate or sell items you no longer need. This will reduce the number of things you have to move and lighten the load both physically and mentally. You can find a variety of charities to donate to through the following link: https://njmovers.com/where-to-donate/

3. Gather Packing Supplies:

*Applicable when the moving company is NOT completing packing services.
●      Collect all necessary packing supplies such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper. Make sure you have various box sizes to accommodate different items. Consider purchasing boxes from the moving company completing your move, as they’ll be of better quality than most you’ll find online or at home improvement stores.

4. Pack Room by Room:
●      Packing can be overwhelming, so tackle one room at a time. Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will make unpacking at your new place much easier.

5. Pack Essentials Separately:
●      Pack a separate box with essential items you’ll need immediately upon arrival, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, and chargers. Keep this box accessible and mark it with an “X” so it’s easily identifiable.

6. Notify Important Parties:
●      Inform relevant parties about your move, including the post office, utility companies, and any subscription services. Update your address with banks, insurance providers, and other essential services.

7. Hire Professional Movers:
●      Research and book a reputable moving company well in advance. Get quotes, read reviews, and confirm the details of your move. You can find a reputable, licensed, and insured mover through the following link: https://njmovers.com/search-for-a-mover

8. Prepare Appliances:
●      If you’re taking large appliances, ensure they are properly prepared for the move. If necessary, disconnect the following appliances: The water line on the refrigerator (if yours has one), the dishwasher, the stove, and the washer/ dryer. Also, if applicable, secure the drum on the front-loading machines.

9. Clean Before Leaving:
●      Before leaving your old home, make sure to clean it thoroughly. This is considerate for the new occupants and ensures you leave on good terms with your landlord in renting situations.

10. Secure Valuables:
●      Keep important documents, jewelry, and valuables with you during the move. Consider using a lockbox or a small bag that stays with you throughout the journey.

11. Check the Weather Forecast:
●      Keep an eye on the weather forecast for moving day. Be prepared for any unexpected weather conditions and plan accordingly.

12. Take Care of Yourself:
●      Moving is physically and mentally demanding. Remember to take breaks, stay hydrated, and get enough rest to ensure you’re in good shape on moving day.

Remember, a moving day is a significant event, and your preparation sets the tone for a positive experience. Following these tips and maintaining a proactive approach, you’re on your way to a successful move. Safe travels and best wishes for your new adventure!

Almost all licensed and insured movers in New Jersey are members of the New Jersey Warehouse and Movers Association.  Reach out to the NJWMA at www.NJMovers.com or call 732-341-3934.  We’ll gladly inform you of their  NJ Public Movers License status.

Blog Submission: Mark Quinn, Owner, All Jersey Moving & Storage and NJWMA Board of Director.

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