Hiring professional movers can alleviate most of the stress that typically comes with the big moving day. But there will still be a series of things you’ll need to do in advance.

Whether you’re entrusting the movers to pack and move all your belongings—or to just load them up in the truck and transport them on moving day—following a short checklist can help make sure you don’t miss a thing!

5 Things to Do for Your Moving Day

A little planning can go a long way. You might already have a strategy in mind as you lead up to the day of your move. Even still, there could be a few things that are easy to overlook!

1. The Inventory

One of the most important steps to prepare for a move is decluttering and sorting your items. You should already have everything packed up once the moving day arrives, but you’ll still want to make sure you haven’t left any bags or boxes that need to be tossed lying around. If you only have a few items left to donate, you might make the trip to drop them off yourself on moving day, and leave the movers to handle the things that you actually want at your new space.

2. Logistics Prep

Scheduling your movers is one of those “ASAP” items. Along with that, though, you need to check with your movers to determine what items they cannot move. Items like hazardous materials, large exercise equipment, pianos, or firearms might be on the list. They may not have the expertise to move specialty items. And if they do, there might be an additional fee. To avoid any last-minute surprises, make sure you check with your movers ahead of time and make arrangements to move any items they won’t be able to handle themselves.

3. Security Measures

Is your moving company licensed and insured? You may want to consider investing in an insurance or liability protection plan for your valuable or sentimental items. If you aren’t sure, just ask! Good moving companies will typically have some type of liability coverage in place. But you can still add a policy on top of that to help protect your belongings.

4. Daycare Planning

There’s a lot going on during a move, and even with everything going according to plan, the day can still be pretty stressful for children and pets. It’s a good idea to have a safe place for them to stay during the move. If you haven’t already, you may want to contact a relative or friend to cover any daycare needs you might need on the big day.

5. Your Essentials      

Last but not least, consider doing another inventory check to make sure you have your “unpacking” materials ready to go. Keeping certain items separate from the ones movers are taking is key. You want easy access to all of your essentials on the first night in your new home. This might go beyond your phone charger and toothbrush. For example, it’s a good idea to keep an extra pair of scissors handy so you can start opening up boxes as soon as possible. That way, you can have immediate access to them when needed.

Need Some Great Local Movers?

There are several steps to having a good move, but with the right team, you’ll be in a better position to stay on-track. If you need any help making your next move successful with an experienced team of movers, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Colt Moving. Give us a call at (317) 476-3762 to learn more and reserve your moving day!