Moving Checklist – What To Do The Week Of Your Move

Published on April 30th, 2012

One Week Before

It’s almost here, moving day, and there are several things you can do right now.

  • Refill prescriptions. Stock up on prescriptions you’ll need during the next couple of weeks.  This way you won’t even need to think about making sure you have any medicines you might need and you can concentrate on your move.
  • Pack your suitcases. Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.  Isn’t this a great idea, everyone will have several days worth of clothes ready to go.  This will end most of the digging through boxes when you get there looking for that one thing.

A Few Days Before

  • Defrost the freezer. If your refrigerator is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.  Hopefully you have planned for this and used up most of the perishable food in your freezer and refrigerator by this time.  If you are moving a short distance you can pack up the food in your car on moving day and take it directly to the new fridge, but in most cases the food will need to be thrown out or kept on ice in a chest for a short period of time.  When in doubt throw it out, there is no need taking chances here.
  • Double-check the details. Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the staff. Include contact information, such as your cell phone number.  Contacting your moving company and going over the details keeps down surprises and everybody know this is a good thing on moving day.
  • Plan for the payment. If you haven’t already arranged to pay your mover with a credit card, get a money order, cashier’s check, or cash for payment and tip. If the staff has done a good job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a good tip. If your move was especially difficult, you might tip each mover up to $100. Don’t forget that refreshments are always appreciated.  Once again, this just makes sense, when the day of the move comes you won’t want to be concerned with this, so make a plan for payment and take care of the details early.

Moving Day!

I know everybody doesn’t share my enthusiasm for moving, but the day is here and now you can relax and let the professionals do their job.

By taking the time to do the things suggested in our moving checklist, you should be ready to go and things should be smooth sailing today.  There is one last thing to do.

  • Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.


Find more moving checklist ideas starting with two months before your move.

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