What to Do When Preparing to Move

What to Do When Preparing to Move

What to Do When Preparing to Move

If you have a move planned in the next few months, you’re probably overjoyed at the prospect of getting those keys and making your new house a home. We all know that moving isn’t fun but the end result is always worth the hassle. Today, I’ve prepared for you an easy to follow list of do’s and don’ts when its moving day and that happy moment finally arrives.


Begin preparing as soon as possible. Being prepared is synonymous with planning and starting early enough to give yourself enough time to get things done the right way. You may be moving in 3 weeks or 3 months, either way there are things you can do right away to make the process easier, such as organizing your home to make it easier to pack everything up.

Declutter and Purge. The less you have to move, the better. Start in the storage areas of your home – the closets, basement and the garage – and get rid of stuff you haven’t used in the last year or 6 months. Have a garage sale, donate old clothes and toys to charity, or sell unwanted items and furniture online for a bit of extra money that can go towards your new home.

Update your utility accounts and mailing address. Start setting up your new utilities a few weeks ahead of the move; don’t leave it until you’ve already moved in. Also don’t forget to close your current accounts so you are not billed after you move.

Make arrangement for your children and pets. Have a babysitter to take care of the kids while moving. They can help keeping the younger kids busy while the actual move is taking place. Moving with pets can be equally as difficult, so it’s best to have them stay somewhere else during that time.


Procrastinate. Doing that small amount of prep work like organizing and packing will probably take a few days, but on the day of the move you will be happy you did it. The more time you prepare, the easier it will be to move and unpack everything in your new home.

Not ask for help. No one actually likes to move, but a few extra helping hands will make the move that much quicker. The promise of pizza and beer should be enough to entice a few folks to help you out.

Underestimate all your stuff. By preparing and organizing in advance you should be able to easily determine how many boxes and rental trucks you need, but try not to underestimate. A larger truck may cost a little more, but it could save you from making multiple trips.

Forget to pack loose items. The best advice is to pack as much as you can in small light boxes. Loose items such as books can get heavy and are hard to carry. If an item can be boxed, then box it.

If you follow this list of Do’s and Don’ts your moving day is sure to be easy and stress-free.

  • Rolf Polan
    Posted at 11:29h, 30 September Reply

    I would add to your list, research reputable moving companies and ask for references. Our experience has been that companies send out very personable people to quickly do an assessment of your moving needs including estimated shipping weight and size of truck required. On the day of the move we have had companies come with an undersized truck requiring in essence two different moves, city to city, a week apart. Not fun! Our friends had movers not even show up and not call to say they were not coming. These were national brandname movers. Further, ask for the names and references of those who are actually going to show up to do the move if possible. Companies are hard pressed to keep good movers on their roster. Think strong, young, agile, experienced and mobile workforce. If you are lucky they may even care about your stuff and be courteous. Likely the person who came to do the estimate will not be there to supervise or answer for any short comings in service. Good companies will number every box and itemize the contents in general. You need to be represented at the sending and receiving end of the trip with your copy of the manifest intact. Further, furniture should be covered with quality padded coverings and stay on throughout the move. We have had furniture wrapped appropriately at the outset then repacked and placed into a different truck. The repack used less than adequate coverings causing damage to the furniture. Yes the move was insured but the added stress of getting stuff fixed or replaced was not a happy experience and mostly avoidable.

    It really helps if each box and each item of furniture is clearly marked as to which room in the home it will go too and someone at the receiving end is responsible to send the shippers to the appropriate room. This saves hours of time and energy in unpacking stuff. Consider colour coding boxes by room as well using short pieces of duct tape on three sides of the box. Be sure to clearly mark boxes containing fragile contents.

    I also concur with you about starting packing early. Really do we use all our stuff every day? Pack and mark stuff you will not be using early and set them aside in a place that is mostly out of the way. Think seasonal items, books, special dishes, etc. Lastly, get the right packing materials and the right size of boxes. Pictures go in picture size boxes, books go in small boxes so they don’t get over 50 lbs., precious stuff gets double wrapped special foam liners, etc.. Consider making wood crates for glass or ceramic articles of worth.

    This comes from a person who has moved twice in three years and moved three other family members in the same amount of time. Planning is essential even if you are paying a company to do the moving for you. Their time is your money.

    • Karen Salmon
      Posted at 13:18h, 05 October Reply

      Excellent advise Rolf!! Thank you for your input.

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