9 Moving Day Tips to Keep You Sane!

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9 Moving Day Tips to Keep You Sane!

If you’ve followed my previous Moving Tips posts then you’ve already edited what you have, 9 moving day tipsdecided what’s going and hired a professional mover.

However, you’re job is not done yet.  When moving day arrives, you want to make sure that you’re ready!

Here are 9  Moving Day Tips that can help keep you sane!

1.Try not to do this all on your own.

In my many moves, my husband had to go ahead of me to our new destination because of work.  Don’t try to do this alone! Whatever your situation, enlist a relative or good friend to be there with you.

When the movers arrive, things will go very quickly.  You’ll want someone there as an extra pair of eyes and hands.

You may even enlist them to make a lunch run for everyone!

It’s the same when the movers arrive at your new home and begin unloading... it’s like a circus. As items arrive, you’ll need to check them off of the inventory and inspect them as they come into the house.

2. Unless you planned on staying somewhere else the night before you move, you’ll have last minute items to be packed. Movers should leave you a box that is set up and empty.  All you need to do is place your bed linens, etc in there and they’ll tape it up.  Make sure it’s clearly marked.  

3.Have a “Last on/First Off” box.

This is the last box that is placed on the moving truck but will be the first one you’ll want off.  

~Note-even if you’re just moving across town, you’ll still want to be able to get your hands on these items quickly~

The items you’ll want to place in this box are what you’ll want and need as soon as you arrive in your new home.  

It could be:

-your coffeemaker, coffee and cups

-scissors and a pocket knife to open boxes

-paper towels and cleaner

-toilet paper and soap

-trash bags

-bottled water

-your house phone


9 tips for moving day4.Don’t forget to pack (and know where they are) all of the chargers and cords for your smart phones, tablets, etc.  

5.Carry with you your jewelry and important documents.

DO NOT put them on the carrier.

6.It pays to feed the help!

I usually order several pizzas and sodas for the movers.  



7.Before you get rushed make sure that you have not packed:

-garage door openers

-extra house keys

-remotes for fans or lights

-instructions for appliances etc


8.Know what goes where!

It’s been my experience that one person will be coming in and asking you where the sofa house floorplangoes, while someone else is walking by asking you where to place the Master bedroom wardrobe box.  And, don’t forget the third mover who will be standing there wanting to know where to put the Dresser!  

Draw a floor plan and have it where you and your helper can reference it.

9.Take photos!

Take them of your old home when you leave.  If the movers have damaged the property, you’ll want to take photos.

You’ll want to do the same in your new home.  Take photos of any damage that is made to the property or your personal items.



Remember these tips for a successful move:

*Be there

*Be organized

*Be ready
*Be aware



Want more moving tips:

Four Tips for a Smooth Move


Getting Ready to Move-What You Need to Know



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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

  We cater our moves for Sellers and give them a "care package" for moving in...those "hard to find" items when you need them...toliet paper, toothbrush, paper towels....less chaos, more comfort !

Nov 25, 2014 08:11 PM #18
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

All good tips Kathy. I haven't moved for years but I have 'memories' of the last one LOL.

Nov 26, 2014 12:56 AM #19
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Kathy Streib this is a great list. In fact, I'll be adding your post to a package of information for my clients. Thanks.

Nov 27, 2014 03:03 AM #20
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Great post Kathy, following your tips will make the moving day much easier. Even with all the organization, moving is not an easy task.

Nov 28, 2014 11:55 PM #21
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Kathy-This is an excellent list. Of course it helps if you are sane before you move too, LOL

Nov 29, 2014 12:00 AM #22
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Great post with wonderful information we can use Kathy! Love the LO/FO box the best.  :)

Nov 29, 2014 01:36 AM #23
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Kathy, moving can be a very stressful time. Thanks for sharing these moving day tips to keep you sane.

Nov 29, 2014 01:57 AM #24
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good evening Kathy Streib.  What an excellent post on what to do to make moving easier, simpler and less stressful.  I remember when we moved Debbie 1400 miles without assistance.  Whew...... Talk about a job and she did ALL the packing of a 3100 sq ft home by herself! 

Nov 29, 2014 08:12 AM #25
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Hey Kathy this is a very good list and a MUST for all going through moving!

Nov 29, 2014 10:17 AM #26
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Wow Kathy Streib   I LOVE. Your fabulous list here - everything anyone could need to know  to move.    

Nov 29, 2014 08:54 PM #27
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathy,

You really have compile a comprehensive list..everything anyone would need to know when moving! Thanks for creating this..I'm going to use it!

Nov 29, 2014 09:38 PM #28
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Sorry I missed this Kathy...something we always think about but don't print for our clients and should!!

Nov 29, 2014 10:17 PM #29
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I will pass these tips on to other agents in our office.

Nov 30, 2014 12:51 AM #30
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Excellent information, Kathy.  Moving day always is a frenetic time for all.

Nov 30, 2014 07:37 PM #31
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Great tips Kathy... I'm posting them on my Pinterest Board...

Dec 01, 2014 12:41 AM #32
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Kathy, this is a really comprehensive list of wonderful tips to help manage the stress of moving day.  And of course, an adult beverage once the day is done is also a good idea!

Dec 01, 2014 09:56 AM #33
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Kathy I love this list and "why re-invent the wheel, I'm going to re-blog it." Thank you for sharing.

Dec 01, 2014 11:34 PM #34
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

You'll definitely be needing things you didn't anticipate in the midst of a move and when you first get to your destination. I'd like to add something to the toiletries section but can't think of the right words this minute ;).

Dec 02, 2014 02:11 AM #35
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Those are great tips Kathy. I helped a client move last week, and twice this week! Having a checklist like this is very beneficial and I like your originality that comes with your years of experience!

Dec 02, 2014 10:30 PM #36
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

WOW, a reblog today brought me to this fabulous post that will be great to email a link to sellers who under contract.  Great stuff Kathy. 

Jan 02, 2015 10:29 AM #37
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