Moving homes is stressful and busy and you often have to do it on top of everything else that is your day to day life of work or school, home life, responsibilities and more. There is a lot more to it than just the physical hard work on the main moving day so it makes sense to use a moving house checklist as your best means of preparing and organising effectively. You have a lot more to think about than just the packing, which in itself is more complex than just shoving it in a box. Whether you are moving somewhere smaller, larger, renting or buying, there are a lot of logistics involved. Here are some things to think about and to add to your checklist so you do not forget anything as these days get crazier!
5 steps to get you well planned for a move
Step One – Choose a removalist company
Some people choose to use friends and family to help them with a move, and some choose to hire a removalist company. A professional service comes with a number of advantages so if you can find it in the budget to use them, do it. They have the vehicle, can do a lot or even all of the heavy lifting and hard work, and some even provide additional useful services like packing, packing materials, and so on. To find a good place with professional movers ask around or look online for reviews of local businesses. Use a moving house checklist to note down when to order packing materials and other important factors to avoid confusion when you hire them.
Step Two – Get your packing supplies
If you are moving yourself this means you either buy them from a company that sells moving materials, or you look for free options from local shops and supermarkets and such. Make sure you also get a lot of good packing tape and remember to have more than you might think since it is best to keep the boxes not overfull and too heavy to avoid injuries and spilling.
Step Three – Start organising and packing
You can start packing anytime. Just start in rooms that you do not use or with items you do not need in the next few weeks. Before you start shoving things in boxes though this is a great chance to get rid of things you no longer use. You could create three piles, one for keeping and packing, one for donations, and one for selling if you have the time for it. Why move things from one home to another if they are not adding value to your life? When you start packing, avoid making them too heavy, label boxes and wrap fragile things in extra layers of packing material, bubble wrap or even newspaper. By the time moving day is there, almost all of it could be done!
Step Four – Pay all outstanding bills, disconnect and connect utilities
When you are leaving you should contact all your bills, make sure they are paid and disconnect the utilities at the old place. You should also use a moving house checklist to note when you need to call and get the new home’s utilities reconnected. This includes gas, water, electricity and NBN.
Step Five – Clean the property
When you leave a place you have lived it is expected that you clean it once it is empty. If you are renting it is probably a part of your deposit you could lose if you do not do this. Use a moving house checklist to add hiring cleaners to come and clean up after you are done, or make sure you have the supplies and are not too tired to do a good job yourself.