Your Complete Moving Guide
It’s generally accepted that moving is a lot of work, which it can be. Still, the way we like to look at it is as a step towards the new and the better. All your hard work will pay off in the end. Moving always marks a new chapter in the life of a family or an individual.
The problems that arise when moving have to do with bad organization and insufficient preparation on the part of the movers. In some cases, people are too lazy or too busy to prepare properly, and in other cases, they are inexperienced with moving and make the mistake of taking the whole process a bit too lightly. These are the perfect grounds for moving complications to breed and escalate, giving moving day a bad rap. Unexpected issues can turn an otherwise joyous event into a nerve-wracking mess of a situation, with quite a bit of your things at risk of being damaged, lost, forgotten or even stolen.
In order to help you prepare for a big move, we have combined a complete checklist which can help to lower the chances of anything going wrong on moving day. Still, every battle plan works perfectly until it hits the field, so it’s up to you to ensure the execution goes off without a hitch.
1. Research and Book a Professional Removal Company
It’s important to spend some time choosing a removal company that’s right for you. They should have a good reputation or be recommended by people you know. You don’t want to put your things at risk of being damaged, lost or even stolen by movers who aren’t up to the job, however appealing the price tag may be. You could be paying for it a few times over through hidden fees and damaged or missing property.
Check in with your removal company during the week of your big move to confirm your booking.
2. Updating Your New Address
You’ll need to transfer all relevant information and accounts to your new address during the final weeks of the move. Some utility companies take a while to change this information and update their system, so you can contact them to change your address four weeks in advance of the move, and don’t leave it until the last minute. The good news is that many companies will now allow you to update your information online.
When it comes to your credit card information, be aware that the change of address may still cause your card to be blocked. Make sure to plan the time to move carefully. You will not have any to spare on moving day to deal with trivial issues like this one.
Be sure to notify your rental agency or landlord well in advance of the move. In addition, if you’re a property owner or just becoming one, be sure to check the status of your title deed and settlement during the final weeks to make sure everything’s been transferred correctly and without error.
3. Prepare Storage Boxes
After managing your information, you’ll need to prepare boxes to store items for the move. It can be quite costly to buy these boxes brand new, but you can try visiting a retail shop or grocery store in your vicinity to see if they have any boxes to spare. A furniture store is your best bet, since you will have a lot of sizes to choose from.
If you opt to purchase new, quality packing materials, also consider hiring additional moving services, such as storage facilities, additional moving equipment and professional packers. Don’t forget to purchase bubble wrap and additional packing materials for especially fragile items.
4. Sell and Donate Your Stuff
A few weeks before you move is a good time to start thinking about getting rid of things you don’t need. You can sell off or donate unwanted furniture and appliances and get rid of clutter, making packing and moving that much easier. Clean out, organise and sort your garage, basement and other storage areas – hire a storage facility if you need somewhere to keep large equipment or machinery until you’re settled in your new home.
5. Plan the Order of Packing and Shipping
Have at least a basic idea about the order of packing and shipping before packing day actually arrives. The most common mistake people make is packing things that you are going to need before you manage to move. Usually, daily necessities like a hairdryer or toiletries. Prepare an inventory list of all the things you need to move, marking the items you’ll need up until moving day.
Make sure you measure and calculate the new space to ensure there is room for your stuff, and that appropriate boxes end up in appropriate rooms. You can do this by labelling the boxes according to the rooms they need to be unpacked in.
6. Pack a Separate Bag of Basic Essentials
Pack everything in labelled boxes, except a duffle bag with your basic essentials for the final days of the move. This way, you ensure that you don’t get into a situation where you need to open packed boxes to find something, wasting time and creating more work for yourself.
While packing, you’ll find items that don’t need to be placed in a particular room. These are items which you need to identify first, and use them to fill the boxes which still have a little space left. This is done so as to ensure as little item tumbling during transport as possible.
7. Protect your Items and Label your Boxes
Make sure that you show each item the respect it deserves when it comes to fragility. Porcelain, glass and other items that break easily or are susceptible to damage need to be protected so that they can go through the moving process without being broken, scratched or chipped.
Label all the boxes with their destination point (the room to which they belong) as well as an indication to the fragility of the content inside. This way, anyone handling the boxes will know how much care needs to be taken while moving it from one place to another, and it helps to select careful placement for it in the truck. Including the weight on the labelling can also be a good idea – we don’t want anyone to throw their back out taking on more than they can handle.
8. Final Preparations
The day before you move, defrost, empty and clean the fridge and freezer to prepare them for the move – if you’re taking them along with you.
Dismantle any furniture so that it’s easier to pack up in the truck.
9. Delegate and Empower
Get in touch with a couple of friends or family members to help you out on the day of the move. Moving is not a one man/woman job, even if you live alone.
Make sure everyone involved is on time and that they’re clear on the intended tasks you’ve set out for them, otherwise they might end up standing around, getting in the way and not knowing what to do. You should assess potential dangers before you start carrying things out, so that you can plan a course of action for things that are a bit bulkier and heavier. Stairwells can be very risky places for both you and your things. Plenty of people get hurt because of a lack of organization and plain old incompetence during moving. Keep this in mind at all times.
Make sure you establish authority (which doesn’t necessarily need to be yours) so it can be clear who is calling the shots, otherwise things may spiral out of control and create chaos and fighting among the participants. Stress is something you need to avoid when you move since dealing with the issues can eat away at a lot of your time.
- Start Unpacking!
- Unpacking is also a part of the moving process, and don’t get tempted to leave all your unpacking for another day. These things can be drawn out for months if you push them aside from day one. Find out what items need to be unpacked first so you can prioritize and expedite your unpacking as well. This way you’ll have access to more important things as soon as possible. Regardless, it will take you some time to settle in and find an ideal positioning for all the things you’ve brought with you from your old home.
Organization, planning and deliberate execution are key to a quick and uneventful move. You want to be as focused and organized as possible. However, you can plan your move for months and still run into unexpected mishaps on the big day. Keep calm, and pay attention to the way things are progressing. You have to think on your feet during the move since things won’t always go exactly as planned.
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