Pre-move the bathroom and kitchen. Once you’ve closed on your new home and have your new keys in hand, visit your new abode and make a list of everything new you’ll need to buy. These might be things like an additional garbage can, toilet paper holders, or a shower curtain rod. Purchase these items before you move, and move them into your new home before moving day to have these in place.
Measure your new rooms. Because you don’t want to move your bulky couch if it’s not going to fit in your new space.
Deep Clean. Most sellers leave their homes swept, but while it’s totally empty, this is the perfect time to get into every corner and give it some TLC.
Fill the fridge and pantry. Before moving day, visit the grocery store and stock up on food items you’ll need during the first week at home. Cooking a big meal likely won’t be on your to-do list for a while, so stock up on canned goods, frozen pizzas, and plenty of beverages and quick snacks for yourself and your moving crew.
Stock your moving supplies. Have box cutters, paper towels, all-purpose cleaner, and some tools like screwdrivers and hammers handy. It’s also a good idea to have multiple sets of these so you can keep some in each room. Keep zippered sandwich bags to hold screws from furniture, then tape to their furniture item for easy reassembly.
Label with contents and room name. Make sure each box is labeled with the contents as well as the room to help unloading go smoothly. As you unload boxes from your moving truck, bring them straight to their correct room. This way, you won’t have dozens of boxes overwhelming a single space in your home.
Decide which rooms to unpack first. Generally, you’ll want to unpack your bedroom and bedding first. Moving day is going to be a long day, so you won’t want to be searching for your pillows and blankets at midnight. Do this first so you can get a good night’s sleep and prepare for the next day. This also might depend on where your priorities are, so maybe you want to unpack the living room so you can relax and watch television on day one. Maybe you want to enjoy a homemade breakfast on your first morning in your new home so unpacking your kitchen might be a good idea to tackle first. If you have kids, you might want to unpack their rooms first so they can start to adjust and settle in.
Unpack box contents by room. Go through a room at a time and unpack the contents. It will feel less overwhelming to focus on one small, manageable area instead of tackling it all at once.
Pack an overnight bag with essentials. Treat it like your carry-on bag when you travel. What do you need for a day or two? Pack a few changes of clothes, toiletries, and some soap.
Have someone watch your kids and pets. This will make the day go smoothly so you can focus on the move, not the needs of your kids and animals.