Moving Guide, Part 5: Moving Day and Beyond

In part four of our moving guide blog series, we provided a list of six tasks to complete one week before moving day to help reduce stress and ensure your moving day runs smoothly.

Moving day has arrived! All of your hard work and planning will pay off as you close one door, and open a new one in your new home.

Move-out Day Checklist

Before you bid your home adieu, complete the following tasks to give you peace of mind that you are leaving your home in order: 

1. Thoroughly check closets, shelves, attic and garage to make sure you have packed up all of your belongings.
2. Select someone from your family to be available and on-premises throughout the loading process to address questions and concerns from the movers. Inspect each room after loading to be sure the movers don’t leave anything behind.
3. Confirm that all details of the bill of lading are accurate with your mover or origin agent. Confirm with the origin agent who your destination agent will be, along with his or her address and contact number.

Before you leave your home, turn off all light switches and lock all doors and windows.

Arriving at Your New Home

New Home

When you arrive at your new home, unpack the food, toiletries and other supplies you packed ahead of time, and start making yourself at home. Your movers will arrive according to the schedule you determined with the moving company or agent.

Once your movers arrive, sign the agreed-upon bill of lading, and tie up any loose ends with your destination agent, such as sending any necessary items to your self-storage unit.

Move-in Day

  1. Plan out placement of major items in your home before unpacking to ensure that each room is set up to your satisfaction.
  2. While unloading, make sure there is no damage to your belongings, or any items missing. Talk with your destination agent if you notice any damage.
  3. Make sure that utilities, including gas, electric, water, sewer, television and Internet, are connected. 

Once you’re settled in your new home, locate nearby hospitals, police stations, and fire stations, and place their phone numbers in an easily accessible area in case of an emergency. If you moved to a new state, don’t forget to renew your driver's license, and update any legal papers.

Welcome home!

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