The Last-Minute Moving Day Checklist

No matter how much preparation you’ve done—and we hope our posts have helped you to prepare as much as possible — moving day is always going to be busy.

There are a lot of tasks that you can really only do at the last minute—or just a few days before. So we’ve put together this handy checklist to help you keep track of everything that needs to get done.

Ready… set… move!


1. Change Your Address

If you want your mail to find you, you’ll need to change your address. You can easily do this at the post office, or at the USPS website.

Rerouting mail from your old address can still take time, so you’ll want to make sure you give your new address and contact information directly to people who you know will need it, like your landlord.

2. Change Your Services

Make sure you’ve arranged to transfer or discontinue your utilities—water, electricity, cable, etc.

3. Sleep

A good night’s sleep is important. You want to be alert and ready to handle any issues that come up. And after all the work you’ve done in the past couple of weeks to get ready, you deserve a rest.

4. Final Pack-Up

Hopefully you’ve been working on packing everything up over the past few weeks so you can take it slow and steady. But there will still be a few items you had to use in the last few days that you’ll need to gather up—bedding, toiletries, food.

Make sure to get it all together, and then once everything’s out of the apartment, do another walkthrough just to make sure—it’s amazing how often small items get left behind in drawers or closets.

This is also a good time to make sure all the paperwork you’ll need to take with you is organized and available.

5. Final Clean-Up

You want to get that security deposit back, right? So you’ll want to do a great job of cleaning, especially messy areas like kitchens and bathrooms.

You’ve probably finished most of that a few days in advance, but you’ll also probably make a few small messes in those last few days of residence and in the process of moving. So once everything is really out of the house, it’s a smart idea to do another quick round of touch-up to leave the place spotless for your landlord.

6. Working with Your Movers

No, we don’t mean the lifting—we’ll take care of that! But it’s always a good idea to be available to help organize and answer questions. So what can you do to help your movers do the best job possible?

Whether you’re using a moving company or handling the job on your own, you’ll want to make sure you have available parking for the moving truck. Make whatever arrangements you need to.

If you’ll be moving some items separately, keep those items in a separate place and make sure the movers know not to take them. You could even load them into your car in advance.

When the movers arrive, it’s a good idea to go around the house with them briefly to point out all the fragile items or anything else that require special attention. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to label boxes so the movers know exactly what they’re dealing with and can plan appropriately.

At this point, you should be able to let the movers just do their thing while you take care of any other errands, but it’s still important to be available in case any questions come up or any last-minute documentation requires your approval and signature.

Finally, double-check that your movers have the correct address to deliver to, and make sure they have the correct contact number so they can reach you easily for any updates.


Whew. It was a busy day, but you handled it like a pro—and if you’re looking for pros to handle the moving for you, give the College Muscle Movers of Minneapolis a call.


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