With moving day only days away, you are probably eager to get settled into your new home. Before you can do that however, there are a few things to keep in mind, all of which will determine how comfortable you will be once you actually move in. Here’s a list of essential tasks you will have to do just before and right after the movers have unloaded your stuff.

Do some housecleaning

In general, a thorough housecleaning should be done before the movers bring your stuff over. This will allow you to clean areas that would be difficult or impossible to get to once your furniture is arranged. After you have set up everything the way you want it, you can then do finishing cleanup job.

Arrange your furniture

Arranging your furniture is an art in itself, and you should take various factors into consideration, including comfort, aesthetics, function, convenience, and safety. One of the best things about moving is that you get the chance to arrange your furniture in a totally new–and hopefully, more satisfactory–manner. Take some time to plan out the positioning of each piece of furniture in every room. There are even free furniture layout tools online that can help you map out as many alternate arrangements as you wish. With the aid of these tools, you will be better able to determine how much space you will have as well as hot to best position each piece of furniture..

Check on your utilities

It is easy enough to remember to arrange to have your electricity turned on, but many people forget to check on their other utility services as well. Don’t forget to make arrangements for your gas, water, phone, and cable services connected. In general, it would be best to have these services operational before the movers get there. This will save you the trouble of having to rip up carpeting and cutting into the walls with large furniture and heavy appliances blocking the way. Also make sure that all utilities companies know exactly when you need their services connected. Sometimes they may schedule connection for the day of your move itself, although you may have wanted the service connected one or two days before.

Get the important rooms organized

There is probably no way that you can get every room in livable condition all in one day. Instead of trying to get the entire house in order, it might be best to focus on getting the bedroom, kitchen, and bathrooms ready before any other rooms else. Between these three rooms, you will be able to live a bit more comfortably while you get the rest of the house in order.

Do a last-minute check

After you have gotten everything in order, take some time to give the entire house a once over. This will ensure that everything is ready for the movers to arrive, and give you the opportunity to figure out any last minute preparations and ensure that the move goes as smoothly as possible.

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