Last-Minute Moving Tips: 5 Things to Do 24 Hours Before Your Move

Posted on: 4 February 2016

So, you've got an upcoming move and the big day is quickly approaching. You've already begun packing and have made most of the necessary arrangements for your move, but you're worried that there are some things you're forgetting. Make sure your moving day goes off without a hitch by completing some last-minute tasks the day before your move that many people forget about.

Defrost Your Refrigerator

If you're planning on bringing your refrigerator along with you to your new place, then you'll want to take the time to completely defrost it the day before. This is especially important if you're embarking on a longer-distance move, as your refrigerator will end up leaking water all over the place otherwise. Once your fridge is properly defrosted, be sure to give it a thorough cleaning and wipe-down before it gets loaded into the moving truck.

Confirm Moving Appointments

If you're hiring a local moving company to assist you with the move, now is also a good time to contact them and confirm your appointment for the next day. Confirm their arrival times in addition to how much money you still owe them and what specific services they're providing. Now is also a good time to run to the local ATM to withdraw some tip money from your bank account for your moving crew.

Pack an Essentials Box

On your first night in the new place, you'll want to make sure you have all the necessities. Therefore, everybody in your household should have an essentials box or suitcase that contains a few changes of clothes (including pajamas), toothbrushes, toiletries, phone chargers, and other basic items to get you through those first few days where everything is in boxes.

Pick Up Any Hidden Keys

Do you have any "hidden" house keys on the property at your current home? Perhaps you always kept a spare key under the door mat in case you got locked out. Be sure to remove these before the move. The new owners will likely have their locks changed, but it's still a good idea to get rid of those old keys.

Make Time to Say Goodbye

Last but not least, make sure you set aside a little time in your hectic schedule to say goodbye to any neighbors or other local friends or loved ones that you're going to miss when you move away. Do your best to make plans to stay in touch.