17 Essential Tools for Moving Day

After restless days of packing, moving day is finally here. You’ve waited for your movers to arrive but before they get there, make sure to leave the following tools out. Do you know which items are essential during moving day? We’ve got you covered on some of the most important tools that will help you on the big day.

1. Scissors

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Scissors, one of the most essentials items to have during your move. You’ll need them when you open your first boxes as you move in. There’s always a need of scissors on moving day! Just don’t run with them.

2. Washi tape and regular tape

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This will come in handy on moving day. Simply tape the bedroom doors with the colorful tape so you’ll know where each box goes and the movers won’t have to ask you over and over again where your items go.

3. Sharpies

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This is the perfect writing tool for any last minute labeling. Label at least three sides of a box so no matter which way the box is facing, you’ll know what’s in it.

4. Sandwich bags

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Sandwich bags are the ultimate must-have on moving day. Where are you going to put your bed frame screws? Surely you’ll want to keep them safe. You can tape them to your bed frame or put them inside a purse for safekeeping. Bag all the small parts of things you will have to disassemble. Label the bags so you know which furniture item they call home.

5. Cleaning supplies


Hopefully the previous renter or homeowner cleaned the place. You’ll still want to have all-purpose cleaner, paper towels, a broom, and a vacuum available. Before setting up your new home, a good clean will have to be done. Who knows how much the previous owners cleaned? Do it once more, and make sure to give the bathrooms a good scrubbing.

6. Snacks

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Moving requires heavy lifting; snacks will fuel the energy you need for carrying boxes. For long lasting energy, pack some healthy snacks like yogurts, granola bars, almonds, peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, and trail mix. These snacks are quick, easy and can make a difference by boosting your energy level and keeping you alert on moving day.

7. Water

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It’s important to stay hydrated during your move and even more so in the hot summer months. Don’t be surprised; winter weather dehydrates too so be sure to constantly drink water throughout your move. (Pro tip: No mover ever turns down a frosty bottle of water!)

8. Chargers

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Your phone cannot die on moving day! Your battery drains out when you make phone calls and stream your music from your phone. Having your cell phone charger will allow using your phone throughout the move. SML always calls to check in on your moving day to make sure all is going well.

9. Music/Speaker

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Music is essential to making your move just a little less stressful! Replace all that stress with some music and dancing. Crank up the speaker just a little louder to really lighten things up.

10. Post-Its

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When you need to label something you forgot, Post-it. Better yet, label each wall where you want to place your sofa, bed, etc.

11. Moving checklist

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Have your moving checklist with you and check off your entire inventory. Did you make a moving checklist? Read here.

12. Unused boxes for the entrance floor

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You probably don’t want dirt coming in and out of the home so if you don’t have a doormat, place disassembled cardboard boxes on the entrance floor and on hardwood/tile. This helps prevent scuffs and scratches even on door frames, too.

13. “Open first” boxes

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These vital boxes should be the first thing you open at the new place. Remember to label the sides of the boxes, not the tops so you’ll be able to identify them when they’re stacked.

14. Magic sliders


Moving furniture has never been easier with these sliding discs. I recommend you use the magic sliders only on carpet. They should work on any surface but test it out first in case it leaves any scratch marks on hardwood or tile.

15. Plastic bags for trash

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You will likely need to clean on your way out, or in. If you’re short on boxes, simply pack some stuff in plastic bags. You can always toss a few towels and other lightweight items. You can also use these bags for any last minute decluttering, and put stuff in for donation. Be careful not to confuse them with real trash!

16. Set of tools

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Although your movers will bring a basic set of tools when they help you move, be sure to have your own tools available as backup. You will likely need some specialty tools like a set of allen wrench for disassembling and assembling furniture.

17. Roll of shrink-wrap

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Shrink-wrap helped my items arrive safely at my new home. I shrink wrapped just about anything loose I had: Lamps, art frames, and even furniture.

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Week By Week Moving Timeline

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Week By Week Moving Timeline

At Lift It Moving and Storage we understand that moving is the third most stressful event in a person’s lifetime. Our goal is to make the move as stress-free as possible. Our Week By Week Moving Timeline is designed to cover all the bases leading up to your move and to make this event as effortless as possible.

Eight Weeks Before Your Move

  • Purge Before Packing. Get rid of any any unnecessary items. Having a yard sale, donating to charity, or selling the items online are good options.
  • Start using up items you can’t move, such as frozen food and cleaning supplies.
  • Begin Packing. Any items you won’t need in the immediate future should be packed away. This will eliminate any stress from packing at the last minute.

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Six Weeks Before Your Move

  • If you are moving for a new job or relocating for a current job, verify what expenses they will be responsible for, if any.
  • Verify how to deduct your move from your taxes using our Moving Tax Deductions guide
  • All travel arrangements (hotel, flights, car rental, etc.) for your family should be made at this time. Try to keep your plan flexible as possible to accommodate any schedule changes or delays
  • Finalize all real estate or rental needs in your new city
  • Contact your insurance agent to transfer any medical, auto, fire or flood insurance

Four Weeks Before Your Move

  • Contact the Post Office and submit your change of address form. Make sure the following people have your new address:
    • Friends & Family
    • Utility Companies
    • Your Financial Institutions
    • Local & Federal Government Agencies
    • Schools
    • Subscription Companies
  • If you’re packing yourself purchase your moving boxes
  • Plan your yard sale or donate your unwanted items to charity

Three Weeks Before Your Move

  • If you are taking advantage of our Auto Transport services, you should make your final reservations for a vehicle pick up at this time.
  • Consider giving your plants to friends or a charity if you are moving from one state to another. Some state laws prohibit the moving of houseplants.
  • Make transportation arrangements for your pets. Take your pets to your veterinarian to ensure proper up to date health certificates and rabies inoculations. Some states will require these documents.
  • You will need to carry all valuable jewelry with you. If you have any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving.
  • Return any borrowed items such as library books. Also collect all items that are being repaired stored or cleaned (clothing, furs, shoes etc.).

Two Weeks Before Your Move

  • Transfer all prescriptions to a drugstore in your new city. Call your bank to find out how to transfer your accounts. Clear all your safety deposits boxes.
  • Disassemble and disconnect your computer system before your move. Back up all your computer files on a disk. Consider taking all back up files disks with you in the car. Exposure to extreme temperatures can damage your software.
  • Clean and clear your home including closets, basement and attics and the items that you will take.
  • Dispose of items that represent a hazard and are not allowed to be shipped.
  • Tape and seal all cleaning fluids that are non-toxic, non-flammable in plastic bags.
  • Drain your lawn mower, snow blower, power tools of all the oil and gasoline to ensure safe transportation.
  • Schedule appliance disconnection and preparation with a service provider.
  • Have your automobile serviced if your travel is by car.

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One Week Before Your Move

  • Make sure to mark which items you’ll take yourself, so the we won’t take them or have any questions.
  • Make sure you haven’t overlooked anything in the house.
  • Mark your boxes to be shipped with “Fragile”, “Do Not Load” stickers.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator, freezer and clean your stove, all at least 24 hours before moving to let them air out. Try using baking soda to get rid of any odors.
  • Prepare items you will need while your goods are in transit. Pack your suitcases and confirm travel arrangements for you and your family. Try to keep plans as flexible as possible in the event of unexpected delay or schedule change.
  • Make sure we know the address and phone number to your new home. You should also provide an address and phone number of where you can be reached until you will get to your new home.
  • Arrange for the payment due upon pick up. We accept Cash, Cashier’s Check or Money Order at the time of Pick Up

Two Days Before Your Move

  • Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. (This might include non-aerosol cleaning supplies, disposable plates and cups, light tools, snacks, bathroom items and trash bags.)
  • Take this box with you
  • Organize and set aside those things that you’re taking with you so that they don’t get loaded on the van in error.
  • Do your laundry
  • Clean your old home

Moving Day

Please be sure to read our Moving Day Guide on how to get you and your home ready for the big day.

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