Moving Home Tips and Tricks
Moving home can be a huge undertaking, especially if you have children and pets to consider. But by planning ahead you should be able to get through the process without unnecessary stress and be ready to enjoy life at your new residence. Here are some tips that will help you make a smooth transition.
Get started early: Try to avoid leaving your preparations until the last minute. Unless your departure is sudden or unexpected you should plan a month or two ahead. It’s a good idea to make a timeline list of things to accomplish week by week.
Strategy: Moving day is the busiest time, so you will need to determine what size vehicle you require. Communicate early with the removalists to make sure the right vehicle is available on the big day.
Keep your moving company informed: Inform the removalists of your requirements during the booking process. Not only will you get an accurate quote, but they will make certain you get the right vehicle and adequate manpower for a convenient collection and delivery of your goods. Heavy items such as a piano or large fridge are no obstacle when using the right equipment. Make sure the movers understand any access restrictions such as steps or narrow driveways.
Transportation choices: Short moves may be conveniently undertaken with a smaller truck plus household vehicles. However, for long distance moves and entire house content moves a larger truck is advisable. It’s better to use a slightly larger truck than risk several trips, especially if you are being charged by the hour.
Downsize: Your old and unwanted belongings will probably look out of place at your new residence, so take the opportunity to sell, donate or dispose of unnecessary items. A garage sale can be surprisingly profitable, and charity stores will appreciate used goods in reasonable condition.
A simple packing kit: Many hands make light work, so stay organised by delegating packing responsibilities to family members. Create inventory sheets for each room and provide markers, packing materials, tape and boxes. Packing is a good opportunity to teach older kids a few new skills.
Make it a green move: If you are environmentally conscious you may prefer reusable plastic bins, bags and linen instead of cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper. A green move is another great way to teach the kids a thing or two about the environment.
Reuse and recycle: Many electronic goods, computers and appliances are best moved in their original box. If you have garage or storage space, keep these boxes for the time of need. You can also collect cardboard boxes from grocery stores or recycle bins. Remember, some items such as books weigh a lot and are best moved in smaller boxes.
Inventory: Keeping a list of all packed items is useful in case something goes missing. Each box can be numbered and a separate contents spreadsheet kept aside. Remember to clearly label any boxes that contain fragile items.
The moving day kit: Keep a box of moving day essentials aside. This will contain important items such as cleaning supplies, garbage bags, toilet paper, some clothes, and anything else you think you may need prior to arrival of belongings at your new home.
Be ready on moving day: Delays in packing and loading the truck will inevitably increase anxiety, and increase the cost of the move. Make sure your boxes are packed and ready for loading when the movers arrive.
Valuables: Store your valuables safely on moving day. Its not easy to remember everything, but any stress associated with missing valuables such as jewellery can be avoided if they are kept with you in a safe place.
Take time to settle in: If part of your move includes the purchase of new furniture, it’s a good idea to schedule delivery until after moving day. Congestion between movers and deliveries should be avoided, with your attention focussed on the move itself.
Essential services: Coordinate your move by informing service providers of suitable dates and times to transfer gas, electricity, phone, internet and any other connections you require to settle in fast and easily.
Meet the neighbours: Take time to inform your new neighbours of your move. This will give them the opportunity to move vehicles out of the way or plan their own schedule of activities so there is no dispute regarding access requirements.
Trust the experts: Professional removalists are qualified and experienced moving experts. They understand how to carry, pack, move and deliver your goods in a safe and timely manner. Working with a professional moving company will ensure your move is the start of a new and exciting adventure for you and your family.