- Re-check all closets, cabinets, storage areas, drawers, and the basement and attic to ensure everything’s been loaded onto the van.
- Throw out all garbage.
- Lock windows and doors, shut off faucets, set thermostats, and turn off all lights.
- Leave any keys or garage door openers for the new owners.
- Leave your forwarding address and phone number with a neighbor in case you need to be reached.
At Your New Home:
- Label the rooms so the movers know which is which, and provide floor schematics so they know where to place furniture and other large items.
- Use the mover’s inventory – prepared by the mover when they loaded your items – to check off the items as they are unloaded from the moving van.
Once Everything Is Unloaded
- You will be asked to sign the inventory sheets and bill of lading. Check these documents closely; don’t sign until you’re sure you have everything.
- Unpack kids’ room and the kitchen first – you want to make your kids feel settled in their rooms. Because the kitchen is a central part of many peoples’ lives, it’s good to have this area up and running.
- Set up your beds relatively early; you’ll be tired, and sleeping on the floor is not a good way to celebrate the first night in your new home.
- Take it easy, meal-wise, on the move-in day. Prepare something beforehand that will be ready to eat; better yet, pick up something to-go.
- Celebrate your new home!