Moving tips NYC
June 25, 2022

How to prepare for a last minute move

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Moving at the last minute is probably the most stressful move, but with a few tricks and tips, you’ll be sure to have a smooth move. Sometimes not knowing where to start once you find out about the move can be the hardest part, but not to worry as we have put together a few tips on how to prepare for a last-minute move.

The main thing you should always keep in mind is to not panic. Ask for help and focus on getting things properly done before moving day comes.

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Make a packing and moving checklist

A quick checklist will help you not forget the most important things. A checklist is also great if you have family and friends helping you because it will give both you and them a guide. Checklists make moving less stressful as you will have a proper plan and know exactly where to start. Have both plans ready for the movers as well if you're going that route.

Get rid of things you don’t need

Get rid of things you haven’t used in a long time (6 months and more) and give away stuff you know you won’t use ever again. This will help reduce the number of items you need to pack. Also, make use of different apps to sell stuff, this will not only save you time, but it will also make you money as well.

TIP: Take the trash out and if you have any recycling, take that out too.

Contact a moving company

Contact one or two moving companies and get quotes. Once you get a quote that’s within your budget, hire the company and start planning with them right away. Normally last minute moving can get a bit more expensive due to urgency, so be prepared to pay a little bit extra especially if the move is during peak season.

If you’re not hiring a moving company then contact a truck rental company and reserve a moving truck early. Look for more than one rental company, compare quotes and make your decision as soon as you can.

Give notice to your landlord

As soon as you know about the move, let your landlord/ leasing agent know. The sooner they know, the better for both you and them. Short notices often come with a penalty unfortunately meaning you could forfeit your deposit or get half back depending on the terms of your lease agreement, but that's okay. Make sure you don’t just pack up and leave without letting them know.

Get packing supplies

Go to your nearest moving or home supply store and get packing supplies like tape, bubble wrap, boxes, markers, and other supplies you may need for all items. If you have time, make a packing supplies list so you don’t waste time at the store and also do not forget important supplies.

Call friends and family for help

Family and friends will almost always be willing to help. Call them as soon as you learn about your move so they can make time to help. Having them around will speed up the packing process. Use the extra hands and make it fun. You could also thank them by making a meal and cooking on packing day. This is another great way of getting rid of some of the food in your home.

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Start setting aside pre-packed items

If you have any pre-packed items, start putting them aside so you have a clear vision of the other stuff you need to pack. This will save you a lot of time.

Dissemble furniture you're not using

Start dissembling furniture as soon as possible. Start with the big furniture first like tables, dressers, etc. bigger stuff usually takes a longer time to work with so starting there is recommended.

Collect important documents and put them aside

Collect all your important documents like ID cards, passports, wills, life insurance papers, etc. Call your doctor for your medical records especially if you’re moving to a different state or country. If you have pets then call the veterinarian and get your pet's medical records and vaccination records too.

Find a new doctor or ask your current doctor if he has any recommendations in the city you’re moving to.

Clear out kitchen cupboards

Cutlery, plates, and pots can take a lot of time to pack. Starting there will give you peace of mind when the last day of moving comes. The smaller items in the kitchen always take so much more time. Get that out of the way early and you'll be on the right track to a stress-free move.

Transfer utilities

If you’re coming from another apartment or house, transfer your utilities if that’s an option. This will help you not open a new account and just continue on your old one. Also, note that you need to let the utility company know about the change or closing of your account at least 3 weeks in advance. If that’s not an option, pay the balance and close the account.

When you get to your new apartment, if you’ve made arrangements before then you’re all good, if not get in touch with the utility company and get that started right away.

Change address

Contact your post office and change your mailing address. You can do this by going in person to change the address or you can easily do it online and save time, same with the bank. Access online banking and go to the change of address section and change it there. The great thing these days is that most things can be done online all in the convenience of your own home.


There’s no time to be knit-picking when the move is last minute. Start packing and get things done safely and securely as possible. It will get exhausting when trying to get everything done quickly that sometimes you may even forget the most important things, but as soon as all the packing is done, you’ll be relieved and glad you did it. A packing list is essential to help speed up the process. Don't be ashamed to ask for help from family and friends.

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