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3 Checklists That You Absolutely Must Have When You're Moving

Moving can be a daunting task, whether you're doing it for the first time or the tenth time. But there are ways to make it less stressful - and even fun! - if you're prepared. One of the best ways to do that is to have a few key checklists on hand.

Checklists can help you keep track of what needs to be done and when. And with a little bit of advance planning, they can help you stay organized and on track throughout the entire moving process - from start to finish.

So what are some essential checklists you should have when you're moving? Here are three that are absolutely essential:

Checklist #1: A Pre-Move Checklist

Before the movers arrive, it is essential to have a checklist of what needs to be done.

This includes ensuring that all utilities are turned off and that any necessary paperwork has been completed. It is also helpful to create a packing schedule to ensure you're not scrambling at the last minute. 

Additionally, it is helpful to have a list of items that should be left for the movers to pack. This will help keep your move organized and less stressful.

Pre-Move Checklist:

-Turn off utilities: gas, water, electricity

-Pack a “moving day” bag with essentials: snacks, water, and your phone charger - see our blog on creating the perfect packing list! 

-Create a packing schedule

-Gather important paperwork: birth certificates, social security cards, and irreplaceable documents.

-Make a list of items to leave for the movers and a list of items to pack yourself

It's also important to set aside a moving budget in case there are any unexpected expenses during your move. This budget can cover things like rental cars or storage fees. By having this information ready, you can avoid any costly surprises during your relocation process.

Checklist #2: Moving Day “Must-Dos”

If you follow your pre-move checklist, you'll be in good shape for moving day. But there are still a few key things to remember on the big day.

First and foremost, it is essential to have a plan for where your furniture and boxes will go in your new home. This will help the movers know where to put everything and will make unpacking easier for you. 

Additionally, it is helpful to label all of your boxes with their contents and the room they should go in. This will save you a lot of time and effort when it comes to unpacking later on.

Last but not least, be sure to take pictures of any existing damage in your old home before you leave. This will document any preexisting damage and can be helpful if there are any disputes with your landlord or homeowners insurance down the road.

Moving Day Must-Dos:

- Have a plan for where furniture and boxes will go in your new home

- Label all boxes with their contents and the room they should go in

- Take pictures of any preexisting damage in your old home

- Get your utilities set up in your new place

- Arrange for transportation to your new home

- Create an “unpacking schedule” as you pack up your belongings

A strategic plan for moving day will make the process much smoother - and less stressful! - for everyone involved. Plus, a strategy on moving day will make your post move-in life much easier as well.

Checklist #3: After You've Moved

After you move into your new place, it's important to take some time to unpack and get organized.  The better you unpack and organize your new place, the easier it will be to maintain in the long run.

So how can you unpack quickly and efficiently? One of the best ways is to create an unpacking schedule. This can help you focus on one task at a time and stay on track.

It’s also helpful to unpack the essentials first. This includes things like toiletries, clothes, and bedding. By unpacking these items first, you can make your new place feel more like home right away.

Finally, if you have the opportunity to have your new home cleaned before you unpack, take advantage of the opportunity. This will help you get a fresh start in your new space and make unpacking that much easier.

After You've Moved:

-Review your unpacking schedule

-Unpack the essentials first

-Make your bed

-Hang up some pictures or artwork

-Do a deep clean of your new place before unpacking everything

-Take some time to relax and enjoy your new home!

Make Your San Diego Move a Breeze with A SMART MOVE

Moving can be daunting, but with the help of a few checklists that cover the essential pre-move and moving-day tasks, you can make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible. 

Don't forget the importance of a budget and unpacking strategy - these two things can help you save time and money during your relocation process. By following these simple tips, you can make sure your next move is a stress-free success!

If you want to make your move as stress-free as possible, consider hiring professionals. They can handle all of the logistics of your move - from packing and loading to transportation and unloading. Plus, they can provide peace of mind knowing that your belongings are in good hands.

In the San Diego area, homeowners trust A SMART MOVE to move them more than any other company. We have the experience and expertise to handle any type of move - big or small. We also offer various services to make your move easier, such as rentable moving boxes, professional packing and unpacking, and much more. 

Visit us online today to see how we can help you with your upcoming move! Call us now on 858-790-8394 for more information, and let us help you calm the chaos of your move.

About the author

A SMART MOVE is a family owned and operated moving company offering rentable moving boxes, professional packing and unpacking, and other moving services - all to calm the chaos of moving. Founded in 2013 A SMART MOVE is committed to providing our customers with a simple, efficient, and sustainable solution for their move.

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