Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials
Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting mislaid amongst the move.
It's nice to have a quick pre-clean of the bathroom and kitchen prior to your move in.
Take a photo of how your electronics are connected before you start packing - so you can remember how and where all the wires go into your new home.
This also keeps your clothes on their hangers, for much faster unpacking. Cut down on boxes by making use of all your baskets, laundry bins, hampers and suitcases work for you. Vacuum seal your out of season clothing - Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.
Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving and remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.
The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out.
For local movers, hire a sitter or ask a friend to help look after the children and pets.
The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate. It’s just an extra perk, since you won’t be paying them.
If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself.
Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you. Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.
If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules. Pianos can incur further charges