Begin your planning early
Moving home isn’t something you do often. Preparing and planning well can help ensure that things go smoothly and your move is as stress free as possible. Try to start planning early to avoid any unexpected problems.
Label your boxes for easy identification and sorting at the other end. Highlight items that are fragile to ensure that they are extra carefully handled. Check flammable and dangerous goods as some items cannot be transported by removal companies.
One month before moving
- Collect moving supplies such as boxes, tape, rope and newspapers are handy for wrapping breakable goods.
- If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotel, and car rental reservations.
- Select a removal company.
- Finalise real estate and rental needs.
- Place legal, medical, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
- Give the post office your new mailing address, and arrange mail forwarding.
- Give senders your new address.
- Notify friends and family of your new address.
- Notify banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions of your new address.
- Inform your doctor, dentist, and other service providers.
- State and Federal Tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed.
- Save moving receipts (many moving expenses are tax deductible).
- Make maps of your new neighbourhood to familiarise yourself and your family with your new area.
- Plan your moving budget.
Two weeks prior to moving
- Inform your energy and phone provider about your change of address. Join these services at your new place
- Hire help for your moving date
- Validate travel reservation
- Close or transfer your bank account and funds if required
By having the following household items handy, you can make your move much easier and safer and have it easy while packing your belongings:-
- Enough removal boxes to store away all of your belongings.
- Scissors, tape and markers, so that you can carefully close up your boxes and mark them for an easy way of identifying where each box should end up
- Blankets, pillows and comforters for the wrapping of your large fragile articles
- Bubble wrap will help you safely wrap your smaller furniture and electronics items and protect them from shocks and movement induces scratches during the transport
- News paper is a great cheap moving helper that will help you protect your glass and porcelain items such as glasses, vases and plates. You can individually wrap every item and then stack them and they will be well protected from small to medium shocks during the transport.
- Keep your money and credit cards in a safe, reachable place so that you have easy access during your move, should the need arise. Having them stored in a box will lead to annoying searches and frustration in the process.
- Mark each box with your new final address. This will help you avoid mix ups and ensure that every item makes it to your new home.
- Keep an inventory of the content of each box. Doing so will help you find the things if an immediate need arises in the process of your move.
- Clearly indicate fragile items. You don’t want boxes containing fragile items to be handled the same as boxes containing books for example. By marking them and clearly indicating which boxes contain fragile items, your movers will know how to stack and store the boxes and containers during the move.
- Pack a bag of personal items you’ll need during the move and keep it at reach. Moves can be stressful and rather sweat inducing. If you want to freshen up in the middle of your move, a bag of personal and toiletry items will give you the chance to do so without having to open up boxes looking for the things you need.
- Pack a medical kit. You never know what can happen during a move. Small wounds and bruises aren’t completely dismissible. Having a small medical kit at hand will help you treat whatever little injury one of your movers may have.
- If you have children, prepare some activities to keep them occupied during the transport. While the first minutes of the move will probably be fun for your kids, after a while they will get bored and start to be unhappy about the move as a whole. If you have some activities prepared, you will be able to keep them calm and collected so that you and your movers can continue the work.