We’ve said it then, and we’ll tell you again: moving home is a tedious and exhausting process. Imagine having to stash away your whole property into boxes—every single piece of furniture, appliance, and other personal belongings. Take it from us: we’ve been doing this for quite some time now. We’ve already discovered every tip and trick that there is to make the process easy.
However, despite the gained expertise and the years of experience behind us, we admit that things can still get somewhat overwhelming now and then. Thus, we have created THE ULTIMATE MOVING CHECKLIST to help keep you on track.
1. PLAN AND RESEARCH
Thorough planning may be one of the least exciting parts of moving, but it is essential in guaranteeing little to no mistakes. Without it, it’s easy to overlook certain things.
Plan about the actual moving day. When would it be? And do you want to move on your own or hire professional movers? Budget-wise, the former would always be the ideal option, but only if you’re a minimalist who doesn’t have any large furniture to take with you. Otherwise, we’d suggest doing extensive research on the different available removalist companies.
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2. DECIDE WHAT TO KEEP
After a few years of living in your current place, you’ve most probably accumulated hundreds, if not thousands of items—big and small—in total. The question is: do you even have, let alone want, to bring them all? It goes without saying that the fewer items, the less moving expenses, and the more that you want to take, the more time that you’d have to spend packing as well. They do say that time is gold, and if you choose to sell those that you don’t want to keep, you’d literally get a little gold for it! Got a heart of gold? Then consider donating to your chosen charities instead!
Here’s a short list of items that you can opt not to bring as a guide:
· Clothes that you’ve outgrown or rarely wear
· Appliances that you were excited to buy but barely used anyway
· Unnecessary documents
· CDs and DVDs whose contents you can save digitally
· Old furniture, appliances, and beddings that you can easily replace
3. ORGANISE DOCUMENTS
In the midst of all the chaos that comes with moving, organizing vital documents ranks high in the list of tasks that go unnoticed. If you’ve got kids in school, don’t forget to arrange for their records to be transferred to where you’ll be moving. In general, the same goes with the whole household’s dental, medical, financial, and other records. This spares you from any possible delay resulting from failure to sort documents beforehand.
4. CONTACT UTILITY PROVIDERS
If you don’t want to find yourself in a dark, barren house after moving, make sure to get in touch with utility providers. Inform them of the move to schedule the cancellation of your current services, and arrange for the new ones to set up the utilities in your new house at least three days before your arrival. Even though the first few days would basically feel like camping at your new home, at least you’ve got lights, air conditioning, and functional bathrooms. Aside from water and electricity, remember the internet too!
5. CANCEL MEMBERSHIPS
Unless you’re a member of gyms like Anytime Fitness which has over 500+ branches nationwide and probably has one in your new locality, then it’s time to cancel your membership. This also applies to all other offline subscriptions that aren’t available in your new area. Otherwise, update your address so that you won’t be paying for weekly newspapers that are still delivered to your old and empty home.
6. PACK ESSENTIALS SEPARATELY
Another thing that people often forget to do is pack a moving kit. This consists of essentials that you wouldn’t have the time unboxing everything
for just to get. Thus, instead of packing them away in boxes along with everything else, grab a backpack for easy access. The items that you’d want to put here include but are not limited to the following:
· First aid kit
· Pillows and beddings—sleeping bags, perhaps?
· Toiletries and other hygiene products (not to forget pads/tampons for the ladies!)
· Extra clothing (underwear, sleepwear, and casual clothes for outdoor errands)
· Utensils (in case you forgot to set up the utilities, disposable ones would come in handy)
· Chargers for your gadgets—you wouldn’t want to hurriedly look for your phone charger at 1%, don’t you?
· Snacks for you and your pets (if you have any)
· Medication (it’s crucial to take them as prescribed—correct dosage at the right time!)
7. CONSUME OR DONATE
Keep in mind that your refrigerator won’t be plugged in during the move, and that might cause some food items to go to waste. Instead of letting that happen, maybe you could plan a small moving party and invite a few family and friends over to help you empty the fridge and pantry. If you’re not in the mood, though, you can simply donate to your local food bank.
Speaking of which, make sure to unplug your fridge the night before to defrost. Otherwise, any ice that thaws in the moving truck would surely make a mess.
8. FILE FOR A LEAVE
Depending on your company policy, inform your boss that you’d be taking a leave on your moving day at least a week or two before. It would also be wise to schedule your move on a weekend so that you wouldn’t have to use up a day worth of paid leave.
And that’s a wrap! Hopefully, this checklist helps you avoid some of the most common moving mistakes. Ready to start planning? Maybe our team might be of help! Reach out to us at 1300 903 922 for a free site visit and accurate quotation.