Moving day is here! You’ve taken care of all the big steps like choosing a moving company, purging, packing, changing your address, and more. But the job isn’t done yet! People are often so rushed leading up to moving day that they forget these small but very important things to do.
Verify the Moving Company USDOT Number
Moving scams are getting increasingly rarer, but they still do occur sometimes. The last thing you want is a rouge moving company showing up at your home and driving away with all of your worldly possessions. To avoid this disaster, check that the moving company USDOT number is the same as the one on your estimate (which you checked at the FMSCA website), and also that the truck number matches the one in the estimate.
Have Cash On Hand
You will need cash on moving day to tip the movers, pay for food, and also for other small things which might arise.
Take Pictures of Your Rental
You probably had to put a security deposit down on your rental before moving in. Now that you are moving out, you want to make sure you get the security deposit back! After the movers load up all of your belongings, take pictures of the rental as evidence of the condition you left it in. That way, if anything happens, the landlord can’t blame you for the damages. Likewise, take photos before you move into your new rental as evidence of its condition. Be sure to take photos of any damaged areas so the landlord doesn’t try to pin those on you!
Keep the Family Pet from Getting Outside
It is a good idea to have someone pet-sit on moving day so you don’t have to worry about Fido or Fluffy escaping in the midst of all the chaos. Or, you can empty one room and put your pet in this room while the movers work. Just make sure the movers know not to open that door!
If you are moving into a building, then parking can be tough. Be sure to ask the building manager if there are parking options, such as a loading dock. You might even be surprised to learn that you are only allowed to move in during certain hours! If the moving truck can’t get parking near the entranceway, be warned that you may be forced to pay a “long carry” fee.