No one ever wants to move last minute-but sometimes life throws you a curveball and that’s exactly what happens. If you’re faced with the daunting task of moving quickly, don’t worry-we’ve got you covered. Just follow these 20 tips and you’ll be on your way to a successful last minute move in no time!
20 things to prepare for a last minute move:
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1. Make a list of everything you need to do.
This will help you stay organized and on track throughout the moving process. Not doing so could easily lead to forgetting important tasks, which could in turn make your move more stressful and difficult. Making a moving list is important whether you’re moving last minute or not!
2. Start packing as soon as possible.
The sooner you start packing, the better. This will help ensure that everything is packed and ready to go come moving day. Plus, it’ll give you less to do at the last minute-leaving you with more time to focus on other important tasks (like change of address forms, utility hookups, etc.).
3. Pack essentials last.
Make sure to pack a bag of essentials-things like toiletries, clothes, medications, etc.-that you’ll need for the first few days in your new home. This will save you from having to rummage through boxes to find what you need and will make the transition to your new home that much easier.
4. Get rid of anything you don’t need.
Now is the time to declutter! Get rid of anything you don’t need or want-this will not only lighten your load, but it’ll also save you money in the long run. The less stuff you have to move, the cheaper it’ll be. You can donate unwanted items or sell them for some extra cash.
5. Gather moving supplies.
You’ll need boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and other moving supplies to successfully pack up your home. If you don’t have time to run to the store, consider ordering everything you need online.
6. Label all of your boxes.
This will save you a lot of time and headache when it comes to unpacking in your new home. Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs in. You can even go one step further and color code your boxes-this will make unpacking even easier.
7. Make a plan for your pets.
If you have pets, you’ll need to make arrangements for them on moving day. This may include hiring a pet sitter, taking them to a friend’s house, or boarding them for the day. The last thing you want is to have to worry about your furry friend while you’re trying to move!
8. Arrange for child care.
If you have young children, you’ll need to make arrangements for them on moving day as well. This may include hiring a babysitter, taking them to a friend’s house, or enrolling them in a daycare program for the day.
9. Arrange for transportation.
If you’re not renting a moving truck, you’ll need to make arrangements for how you’ll transport your belongings to your new home. This may include borrowing a friend’s truck, hiring a moving company, or renting a storage unit.
10. Notify your landlord or mortgage company of your move.
If you’re renting, be sure to give your landlord your notice of intent to vacate. If you own your home, notify your mortgage company of your impending move.
11. Contact your utility providers.
Give your current electricity, gas, water, and trash companies a call to let them know you’ll be moving. Most will require at least a few days’ notice in order to disconnect/reconnect your service.
12. Transfer your mail.
Be sure to fill out a change of address form with the post office so that your mail will be forwarded to your new home. You can do this online or in person at your local post office.
13. Cancel your newspaper subscription.
If you have a newspaper subscription, be sure to cancel it before you move. You can usually do this online or over the phone.
14. Disconnect your home security system.
If you have a home security system, be sure to disconnect it before you move. You can usually do this online or over the phone.
15. Clean your old home.
Be sure to leave your old home in good condition by cleaning it before you go. This will not only make your landlord or mortgage company happy, but it’ll also help you get your security deposit back (if you’re renting).
16. Change your address.
Be sure to change your address with the post office, your bank, your doctor, your employer, and anyone else who needs it. This can usually be done online or over the phone.
17. Make a list of important numbers.
Make a list of important numbers-like your new address, your new phone number, and your new email address-to give to friends and family. This will make it easy for them to get in touch with you after you move.
18. Pack a moving day essentials bag.
Be sure to pack a bag with all of the essentials you’ll need on moving day-like your keys, your phone charger, and your medications-so that you can easily find them when you need them.
19. Get plenty of rest.
Moving is exhausting, so be sure to get plenty of rest in the days leading up to your move. This will help you be at your best on moving day.
20. Have a backup plan.
Things rarely go according to plan, so it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in place. This may include having cash on hand in case you need to cab it to your new home or having a friend on standby in case you need an extra set of hands.
Moving day is finally here!
Now that you’ve followed all of these tips, you’re ready for a successful last minute move. Just stay calm and don’t forget to take breaks-you’ll be in your new home before you know it!