Moving is a laborious and equally stressful task, but you can make things easier for yourself, and any professional movers you hire, by planning ahead. This includes the obvious steps of planning – packing, labeling boxes and breaking down furniture – as well as the not-so-obvious “last-minute” steps. In this post, we’re going to reveal some of the last-minute things individuals and families should do the night before they move.
Disconnect Major Appliances
Go ahead and disconnect all of the major appliances in your home, including the dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, oven/range and refrigerator. Pull the appliances away from the wall, unplug them, and tape the cords on top of the unit so they won’t get in your way during the move.
When you’re disconnecting the washing machine, make sure you turn the water completely off (usually a pair of blue and red faucet knobs). Leaving the washing machine water line in the open position, even if the water to your home is turned off, could result in flooding when the new owner or tenant arrives. He or she will active water to the home, at which point the open washing machine lines will flood the laundry room.
Clean Out The Fridge
The night before you move is also the perfect time to clean out your fridge (before you disconnect it, of course). Fill up a cooler with ice and place all foods and beverages that require refrigeration inside. You’ll want to move these into the fridge at your new home as soon as possible, but this should suffice for the time being.
Note: with the exception of mayonnaise, most condiments do not require refrigeration. If you have a couple shelves filled with condiments, place them inside a box to save space in the cooler.
Pack Up The Bathroom
Since this is the last night you’ll spend at your old home, you can now pack up the bathroom. It’s easy to overlook the bathroom when you’re busy packing up the rest of your home, but unless you want to fiddle with your toiletries and other small belongings on the day of your move, you should take care of this now.
Garage and Storage Shed
Don’t forget to check the garage and storage shed on the night before you move. Make sure all of the items stored here are properly packed and ready to hit the truck. If there are any small, loose items left inside your garage or storage shed, toss them into a box and slap a piece of tape across the top.
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