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Moving House Checklist for Stress-Free Relocation
Are you ready for your house to move? If not, what you might be feeling right now is some excitement mixed with dread, but wouldn’t it be great to reduce or get rid of the dread part?
To move without the stress, prepare, prepare, prepare – the earlier, the better. So, to help you get started, whether you’re moving a month from now or really soon, here’s a moving house checklist you can use.
Moving House Checklist: Find a Removalist
Even if, say, your move is scheduled months away, the earlier you start looking for a removalist service, the better. This is especially true if you’re moving during peak months when removalists are in demand. Booking their service ahead can give you opportunities to negotiate the cost of relocation.
Also, by planning for this way ahead of time, you’ll have more time to research, get referrals, and check reviews to ensure you choose the right removalist.
Arrange for pet and vehicle relocation services
If you have pets and/or vehicles (e.g., caravans, trailers, boats, jet skis, etc.) that require special transport, arrange for these right away, so it’s one or two fewer things for you to worry about.
Check if you need storage
Whether you need a short- or long-term storage facility, get this sorted out right away so you won’t have to make do with the first storage service available. Taking care of this early on could get you a better deal as well, whether you want onsite storage to be taken to your new location or secure storage within the provider’s provider’s facility.
Prepare your packing supplies
If you are taking care of packing, you should have at least two weeks allocated to avoid packing in a hurry. Get all of your packing supplies together, including sturdy cartons, packing tape, permanent markers, scissors, cutters, packing paper, and other protective materials.
To work faster, enlist the help of family and friends who are willing to help. Give them clear instructions on which items go where and how to pack these safely and securely. Make sure to label all boxes to make it easier to find things later.
During packing, segregate items you have no use for but can still be given away or sold off.
Pay bills and arrange the transfer of utilities and other documentation
Allocate time to visit your service providers to inform them of your address change. Make sure you pay for any pending bills, and inform your bank, post office, insurer, etc., about your impending move. Get all the required documentation sorted out, so nothing is overlooked.
Moving House Checklist: Clean up
Whatever your arrangements are with your landlord, it’s better to leave a clean space for the next tenants who’ll be moving in. Of course, you can do the cleaning yourself or hire a cleaning service specializing in move-in (for your new place) or move-out (for your former home) tasks.
This is also a good time to consider cleaning up and emptying your fridge. Use up or cook items that are still good for consumption and give away anything in excess. Throw away items that are expired or you can no longer use.
Stressless by planning ahead
There’s nothing like early planning to turn what could be a stressful move into a stress-free, exciting one. By using this checklist, you’ll be setting yourself up for an efficient and easier relocation process.