Moving isn’t an easy feat. No matter how many times you do it, it’s really challenging, every time. Even if you’re the most experienced packer, and move houses every few months, we’re sure there’s something that you wish you’d done differently. Maybe you wish you’d have started sooner, or you wish you’d have packed your plates differently so that they didn’t break.

Numerous things can go wrong and out of your control during moving day, and end up completely ruining your move.  But, there are also numerous things that you can do to prevent these mishaps and ensure a successful relocation. All you need to do is be completely prepped for it!

Moving homes brings with it a plethora of cumbersome tasks, making it easier to lose momentum as the day approaches, even if you’re a super organized person. You need to get a start beforehand, avoid any last-minute packing, make sure you’re on schedule, double-check lots of things—the list is almost endless.

For your convenience, we’ve collected a detailed checklist and guide to keep moving day chaos at bay.

Get Prepared

For the Monica Geller types, this tip is a godsend. We recommend buying a journal or making use of the old ones you have lying around in your home to create a checklist. You’ll be using this notebook to schedule, coordinate and double-check all the items on your list that you need to accomplish before moving day to avoid any hassle. Get a folder, and place all moving-related documents in it; this includes receipts, contracts, personal documents like your passports, financial documents, and the likes.

Next, you’ll need to make a moving checklist. Keep this checklist divided by the weeks as it’ll help you take on smaller tasks first. Take inventory of all your things—make sure to do this a couple of weeks beforehand. Inventory will be super helpful before you hire your moving company and get insurance, so ensure that you’re familiar with all your belongings.

After taking inventory, you’ll need to set up a budget. This will help you finalize your insurance plan, and narrow down your options in terms of movers. This budget needs to include all repair costs, packing supplies, travel, and petty costs. List all of these down in your moving notebook to help you keep better track of your expenses.

A man wrapping ceramic plates and mugs in brown paper

 

Hire Professional Movers

If you’ve decided to hire professional movers, you’ve made a smart choice. It’ll take a huge load off you, and make your life much easier. Ideally, this should be done 6 weeks before your big move. Compare the rates of several moving companies, and choose the one you feel most comfortable with.

Before deciding on the moving company, we recommend that you do a little bit of research to make sure they’re legitimate. With a plethora of moving companies in Seattle, you have a lot of options. However, not every moving company is legitimate. Read the reviews and review licenses before you decide on your moving company in Seattle. This is especially important if you’re hiring long distance moving services. Place the deposit, secure the dates, and review any items that need special attention with your moving company.

In your notebook, make a three-column list. Divide that list by:

  • Items your moving company will take care of
  • Items you’ll handle
  • Items to sell or give away

That’ll be super helpful since it’ll help you avoid any confusion or hassle as the moving date approaches.

After this, notify your insurance company about your move. You’ll also want to visit the post office and arrange for your mail to be delivered to your new address, especially if you’re moving out of Seattle. Schedule your utilities such as oil and gas to be cut off from your old address.

If you’re moving cities, make hotel and travel arrangements for yourself and your pets, if you have any, at least 5 weeks before your move.

A woman packing her plates for moving day

 

Pack Like A Pro

Packing is everyone’s worst nightmare. There’s just so much to do, and not enough time to do it! That’s why you need to get ahead of your packing at least 4 weeks before your big move. Although most professional moving companies offer packing services, if you choose to do it yourself, you’ll have a lot to tackle.

Start with buying all the right packing supplies, such as the correct boxes for your items. Some moving companies provide an assortment of packing boxes for you to use if you ask them to, so definitely avail that option. You’ll also require packing tape, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, newspapers, markers, labels, and plastic bags.

Now comes the tricky part. Start off with packing off-season clothes, tools, and items that you don’t need to use before you move. If you’re packing by rooms, start with rooms that aren’t in use, or are used the least. Pack one room at a time since it’ll help you remain organized and on track. Try not to exceed a limit of 30 pounds per box, and pack light items in bigger boxes and heavier items in smaller boxes. For items that can spill, such as toiletries, pack them in plastic bags, and put tape over their mouths and necks to avoid any spillage.

Pack your jewelry in plastic wrap, and roll your clothes instead of folding them in a different box. It’ll minimize the amount of space that your clothes take up, and also reduce the likelihood of wrinkles. For your electronics, use toilet roll tubes to pack them individually, and put them in a box together.

Lastly, don’t forget to label all your boxes. You’ll need to pack all essentials together, and label them as “Open First/Load Last” depending on their importance. This way, you’ll be able to know which boxes to unpack first, and which boxes your moving company needs to load last. Also, make sure you’ve labeled your fragile items so that your professional movers know how to handle them carefully. Label all your china and valuable items as fragile, and it’s best to let your movers handle them.

Brown cardboard boxes on a wooden table in a kitchen

 

Prep Your Old Home

After all of this is done, you’ll need to prep your old home. Make sure you’ve returned all library books, picked up all dry cleaning, and canceled your gym membership in your old neighborhood. Clear your entire schedule for moving day, and ask a couple of friends to help. Don’t forget to say goodbye to your lovely neighbors, notify your landlord, and get your security deposit back. Before leaving, double-check everything, clean up your home a little bit and perform a final walk-through with your landlord.

If you do all of this, when moving day comes, you’ll have reduced the likelihood of major mishaps. ACME Moving Labor is a Seattle based residential moving company that’ll help you move your belongings. As the best local movers in Seattle, WA offers professional moving help and services, including for long distances.

Contact us at (253) 653-8635 for more information on Seattle Moving Help.