WEEK 1

Last-Minute Moving Tips and
Essentials

After weeks of preparation, moving day is just around the corner! This last week, you just need to dot the I’s and cross the T’s to make sure everything runs smoothly for the big day. With this week’s inventory checklist and moving to do list, we’ll help you execute a flawless, stress-free move. A move so perfect that the moving company will want to hire you.

Download Week 1 Checklist

Call to Confirm with Movers

Call your moving company to confirm that everything is on track for the date and time of your move. Nothing is worse than being stood up by your movers. Be sure to review the following:

  • Start and end addresses
  • Arrival time
  • Necessary moving supplies
  • Elevator reservations or restrictions
  • Parking reservations or permits
  • Building access limitations
  • Heavy or difficult-to-move items
  • Any changes to the original weight estimate.

Pack a Moving Essentials Box

Your moving essentials box will be the first box you open when you arrive at your new home. You'll need these items along the way, so keep the container(s) handy at all times.

Before you begin packing your essentials box, here are a few quick tips to remember:

  • Consider using a clear, easy-to-open bin for easy access.
  • Keep your “open first” box with you. Don’t load it into the moving van.
  • Pack liquid items in sealed plastic bags or containers to prevent leaks or stains.
  • Keep valuables, keys, moving paperwork and other important items with you at all times.

What to Pack in Your "Open First" Box(es)

Kitchen Moving Essentials

Once the moving truck drives away, the chaos of moving day will officially come to a close. And that’s when your stomach will grumble. Be prepared to replenish your energy for unpacking with these supplies, along with paper towels and cleaning supplies for any messes.

  • Non-perishable food and snacks
  • Small kitchen appliances or tools
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils

Bedroom Moving Essentials

If you’re planning to sleep in your new home that night, save yourself from digging through boxes and bins after a long day of moving. Pack these moving day necessities to get a good night’s rest (you may need an extra box for these!):

  • Alarm clock
  • One to two sets of clothing
  • Bed linens, pillows and blankets

Bathroom Moving Essentials

And lastly, you’ll want to freshen up after a long day of moving. Make sure you have:

  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Towels
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower curtain and bath mat (for walk-in tubs)
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses / contact lenses and solution.

See "Week 3 – Kids, Pets & Utilities" to learn what to pack in your child’s moving backpack and how to transition your pets into your new home.

Take Inventory of All Packed Boxes

Fill out our moving inventory checklist a few days prior to the move to make sure that no box is left behind. Make copies to provide to your moving team and each family member.

Download Our Free Moving Inventory Checklist

  • Count the total number of boxes per room.
  • Write the contents of each box on the checklist.
  • Double-check that each box is color-coded and clearly labeled.