Moving House Checklist To Ease The Process Of Relocation
Relocating or house moving can be a tedious task especially if you have no idea how to go about it. The first and the most important thing you must equip yourself with is the moving house checklist. This checklist will definitely ease your task of moving since it will guide you throughout.
- Always remember to start early. Start your preparation 4-6 weeks before the moving date
- Make up your mind whether you want to do it yourself or hire a removalist. Hiring one has many advantages and ease your task of packing, moving and unpacking. Choose one carefully which offer quality service along with a reasonable price.
- Make sure that your new home is ready and in a condition to receive the valuables.
- Give a prior notice to redirect all your bills, newspapers, and periodicals to your new address.
- Start to use up all the minor things you have in your current house which you might not need in your new home such as food items. This will prevent unnecessary wastage and cost of moving.
- Start merging and keeping all the essential documents, insurance papers, and medical records in one place.
Four weeks before moving:
Even though you have hired a removalist, you might want to pack certain things yourself. Following are the moving house checklist to make it easier for you.
- Your removalist might provide you with packing materials such as cartons and bubble wraps. Arrange and label them as per your convenience. While labeling, make additional information of fragile items so that your removalist is cautious about the package. You can use newspapers as well to fill up the void in the cartons, but it has a high risk of spoiling materials like glass as it is abrasive.
- If you can dismantle furniture that comes apart, do so and label them and all the screws appropriately so you can find it while putting it back together. Read the instructions given in the manual carefully while dismantling.
- Pack heavy items in small cartons and light items in large ones. Never pack the carton first with light items and load it with heavy objects on top.
- All the necessities and survival items can be grouped together so it can be unpacked first. These items include bathroom necessities, medications, flashlight, scissors, school needs, kettle, children and pet food.
- If there are personal and important items, consider taking them with you.
Two weeks before moving:
- Service your vehicle
- If you are under medication, fill your prescriptions
- Inform your work authorities about your moving and ask for a day off for that day.
- It is always good to have extra helping hands. So you can inform your relatives and ask them to help you.
- Return all the library books or DVD’s
- Find a cleaner in your area and clean the outdoors
- As mentioned above, redirect your bills and clean your new home
One week to moving day:
- Start backing up all your digital data into your hard disk or cloud. There is a slight risk of data damage while relocating, so it is always better to have a backup.
- Remind your gardener, babysitter, and cleaner about the moving day.
- Keep a separate carton which comprises of towels and bed linens which you can use for the first night. Do not pack it with the rest of clothes and bedsheets as it may cause inconvenience in finding it.
- Arrange parking and access for the removalist vehicle.
- Fetch the contact details of everyone who is associated in the moving process such as the removalist and driver. Reconfirm the address, so they are not stuck causing inconvenience to all.
- Have a basic idea of which furniture and item will go in which room of your new house. This will save time while later.
The day before moving:
- Empty your refrigerator. Clean the oven. Keep the vacuum cleaner handy.
- If there are personal items which you are going to carry along with you and not with the removalist, start packing them.
- Keep some cash for any last minute expense, and there are high chances of you needing it even if you have organized everything.
- Inform the police and neighbours if your house is going to be empty for a while.
- Pack all the indoor plants
The big day:
- Do not leave the house dirty. you might want to consider preparing a note for the new residents welcoming them
- Don’t let your kids and pets run around while you’re at your task. Keep them in a room with sufficient food, so they don’t get in the way of moving. Moreover, you can involve the kids with petty cleaning, so they feel involved and don’t distract you nor act fussy.
- Turn off all the switches
- Lock all the doors and windows. Keep all the keys safe or hand the house keys to the neighbours without fail.
- Load the kitchen items last so you can unload it first. If you have hired a professional mover, they might already know this.
- Check off items from the moving house checklist while loading them into the removalist’s vehicle.
So this was the basic moving house checklist. You might want to adhere to it or change it according to your convenience.