YIKES!! It’s Moving Day….Take A Breath and Proceed with Confidence!

You’ve prepared and planned. You’ve organized and simplified. Now it’s time for the big day: you’re moving. Keep these tips in mind to make your day run as smoothly as possible. Key: Don’t have unrealistic expectations and think that you’ll have a totally stress free day. You might in which case you can celebrate your excellent planning, preparation and execution. If not, then you won’t explode, implode or scream at those you love (or the ones you don’t, ie: movers) causing the day to deteriorate for everyone involved. Be smart. Be prepared. Be efficient. Be flexible!!!! Things rarely happen exactly as we plan.

    1. Have everything packed and ready to go.
    2. Make sure you have your overnight/necessities bag: clothes, toiletries, important paperwork, cleaning supplies, towels, toilet paper, etc.
    3. Prepare an emergency pack that includes a first aid kit, paper towels, a flashlight, tools (you may need them) and other essentials.
    4. Take the garbage out. (Leave a note for your buyer re: garbage days and any requirements they need to know about times, rules, etc.)
    5. Clear an easy path for transporting boxes.
    6. Put away your pets. You may even consider boarding them or having them stay with a friend, in order to make moving day less stressful.
    7. Double-check the interior: go through all your rooms, giving everything one more once-over.
    8. Double-check the exterior: re-examine the yard, the pool, the play area, etc. Make sure you have everything.
    9. Make copies of the map of your new home’s floor plan.
    10. Once everyone’s done and your things are loaded, turn off the water heater.
    11. Before you leave, set the thermostat to 64 degrees.


    1. Communicate with the moving company.
    2. Go over the day’s schedule.
    3. Make sure anything not to be taken is put in a separate place and clearly identified.
    4. Provide drinks and snacks for everyone involved.
    5. Point out the bathroom to use, and make sure it has necessities inside.
    6. Exchange phone numbers with the driver of the moving van.
    7. Provide or get a copy of the inventory list.
    8. Check to make sure everything’s loaded before the van leaves.
    9. Confirm directions with the driver.
    10. Get to your new home before the movers do; there could be a fee if they have to wait for you.
    11. Be there to guide and/or answer questions for the movers.
    12. Prepare the moving company payment, and have a tip ready for the drivers/movers.
    13. Check the condition of every item as it is unloaded. Keep a list of anything damaged.


  1. Enlist friends to help.
  2. Pre-plan your directions and have them confirmed before starting out.  Use Navigation to ensure the best and most traffic free route.A great app for helping you avoid traffic issues is WAZE. Set the address, get going and it will help you maneuver around troublesome areas making your drive with a big truck or multiple cars less stressful.
  3. Plan to leave early, if at all possible but not at a time where you end up driving with rush hour traffic.
  4. Make sure your moving vehicle has a full tank of gas and thought it sounds silly, if you’re using a rental take the time to learn which side of the vehicle the tank is on so when you pull into a gas station, you don’t have to re-maneuver the vehicle because you’re on the wrong side.
  5. Load in reverse order: things you’ll need last in back and things you’ll need right away in front. Make sure again all boxes and bins are clearly labeled on the sides and top for ease of movement in both loading and placing once you’re at your new home.
  6. Leave a forwarding address somewhere in the home along with a nice welcome home note for your buyers just in case you did leave something.