Rick Supplee - Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Moving Last Minute? Tips to Make It Work

While we would all love to have our move planned out months in advance, there may be times when you must pull together a move in a hurry. Tight deadlines can add anxiety to an already stressful situation.

First things first, take a deep breath. It’s possible to complete a last-minute move successfully, especially when you use these tips.

1) Make Checklists

Checklists will help get you through this fast-paced process. Prioritizing everything you need to accomplish can keep you on top of things by giving you a step-by-step plan for everything that needs to happen within your limited timeframe. Make at least two checklists – one for packing, and one for the move itself.

2) Set up Utilities in Your New Place

Sometimes, people get so wrapped up in packing that they forget about all the other details involved in a move. That’s why we recommend connecting all the utilities in your new place in advance. While you’re at it, don’t neglect to schedule shutting off your current utilities.

3) Consider Using Prepackaged Packing Supplies

When you are moving at the last minute, prepackaged packing supplies can save you a significant amount of time. These kits usually contain various sizes of boxes, packing tape, markers, labels and anything else you might need. Also, ask your moving company if they sell any packing bundles – they might offer a discount.

4) Do a Quick Downsize

It can be challenging to clear the clutter when time is of the essence. However, it’s worthwhile to do what you can. Remember, if you won’t use it or need it at your new place, you’ll be paying to move unnecessary items. Donate or sell these belongings, so you have less to pack.

5) Focus on Packing

The packing portion of this last-minute move will demand most of your time. You’ll need to work quickly, but don’t haphazardly toss things into boxes and hope for the best. Instead, sort and label everything you can. When it’s time to unpack, you’ll be glad you took care of this step.

6) Get Your Essentials Separated

Remember, you’ll want a “go bag” to keep essentials with you. Include phone and laptop chargers, relevant documents, prescription medications and other personal items you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. You may even want to consider some cleaning supplies to tidy up messes at your old or new place.

7) Hire the Right Movers

Attentive movers can make a last-minute move seem like a breeze. We can provide you with the high service level you can rely on to simplify your move and ease stress levels. Count on us to help you enjoy a seamless move, even if you are short on time.


Rick Supplee, owner
Teachers Moving, Inc.

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