By now you have reserved your Moving Kings team and are making the final preparations for our arrival tomorrow. The stress and anxiety you are experiencing is completely normal; researchers have actually compared the stress levels of moving with the stress experienced by people filing for bankruptcy or coping with the death of a loved one. No one understands this stress better than your team at Moving Kings. We are here to guide you every step of the way, and we’ve created a simple checklist to help you prepare for tomorrow’s move.
1. Take A Deep Breath
In 48 hours, you will be sitting in your new home. All of your furniture will be completely reassembled in their new rooms and you may even be entertaining a couple of stragglers from your housewarming party. It’s important to remember that the stress and anxiety you are experiencing will pass very soon. The best way to overcome this difficult time to is breath, relax, and trust your professional moving service. With more than 20 years of experience, you know Moving Kings will make this transition as seamless and stress-free as possible.
2. Pack The Important Things
Don’t risk losing or misplacing things like jewelry, medication, or important documents. Pack these items in their own separate box or suitcase and set it aside so it’s not loaded into the moving truck by accident. You should also include other essentials like toiletries, chargers, cash, and anything else you might need once you arrive at your new home. Label this box “Open First” and have our professional movers load it into your car so you can keep these items with you for the duration of your move.
3. Check Your Utilities Plan
It is important to take the time to call your utility companies (gas, electric, water, etc.) to confirm that your services will be turned off at your current home and switched to your new home. Nothing is worse than moving in to a beautiful new home and finding out that electricity won’t be available for another 24 to 72 hours. Utilities are a priority, but if you have time, you should also check in with your cable/internet provider. It’s better to forgo TV and WiFi for a little while rather than live with portable fans and flashlights for a few days.
4. Plan Your Meals
Keep in mind that packing and unpacking is the most tedious and time consuming part of moving. It make take several days to finally sort through your kitchen boxes and find the dishes and utensils you need to start cooking again. You may want to pick up some cups and paper plates and research take-out restaurants near your new house. Asking your new neighbors for recommendations is a great way to introduce yourself and get some local insight.
5. Service Your Car
Doing it the day before your move is cutting it a little close, but we always recommend our clients service their cars beforehand, especially if you’re moving long distance or out of state. Nothing will frustrate you more during a move than car problems that could have been avoided with a simple tune up or service. See if your dealership can fit you in with a last-minute appointment, or at the very least, swing by a shop for a vehicle inspection and an oil change.
6. Plan For Your Pets
Do you have plans for your cat, dog, iguana, or any other pet during the move? If you can’t board your pet, see if a friend or family member can look after them while you complete your move. If you will be traveling with your pets, make sure you pack plenty of food, treats, and medication. Try to designate a room at both your old and new homes where you can keep your pets during the move. Our professional movers at Moving Kings love all types of animals, but it’s important to keep your pets safe during the move and out from underfoot.
7. Notify Your Financial Institutions
Take a few moments and call your bank or financial institution to let them know you will be traveling and possibly making big charges. For your security, your bank or financial institution may decline a charge you make if it’s not in line with your normal spending habits. Tell them where you will be traveling and warn them of any expected upcoming expenses so there are no issues. You don’t want to have to spend an hour on the phone with a 1-800 number explaining to a representative how you just moved and are trying to buy groceries.
8. Check Your Appliances
Double check that all your appliances are unplugged, drained, and defrosted. Our moving professionals are fully trained to safely move and transport your appliances, but we are unable to connect or disconnect them to water, gas, or electricity. If you are unable to take care of this on your own, it’s a good idea to hire a local handyman to take care of these connections before and after the move. Please remember to leave enough time for freezers and refrigerators to defrost so water doesn’t spill into the truck or your home during your move.
9. Make A Plan
Tomorrow your Moving Kings team will walk through your home to answer questions and create a strategy for your move. To make the process as efficient and stress-free as possible, it helps if you have a strategy of your own. Be mindful of your new home’s set up; if the bedrooms are at the back of the house, it is best to load your bedroom furniture and boxes on the truck last and unload them first. Our movers are the best, but it is always easier to carry a bedroom set through an empty living room than trying to navigate through furniture and boxes. If there are any pieces that require special care or attention, please point it out to our team so that they can handle the piece with extreme care. At Moving Kings, we find it’s always best to move the smart way, not the hard way.
10. Get A Good Night’s Sleep
At this point, you have done everything you can to prepare for your move. Whatever you couldn’t get done you should leave in the hands of our professional movers and packers. There is no point in staying up until 3:00 am trying to do last-minute packing. The team will need you to be alert, aware, and ready to make decisions tomorrow. It’s better for everyone if you wake up tomorrow well-rested.
The most important thing to remember is that Moving Kings is here for you through the entire moving process. Please reach out to us if you feel unsure, stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed with questions about your upcoming move. We also have tips for the month leading up to your move and the day after move-in for customers who want to be extra prepared. Remember that you’ve chosen the professional moving service with 24/7 customer service, and we can guide you through your move and address any last-minute questions. Your moving representative is only a phone call or email away. There are no stupid or crazy questions, and with 20 years of moving experience, you can be sure we’ve heard it all before. Practice step one and remember that Moving Kings is here to treat you like royalty. We look forward to your upcoming move, and we can’t wait to see how happy you are in your new home.