Moving to a new place is almost like planning a wedding. You’re full of enthusiasm and anticipation, but it can feel totally overpowering unless you take the process one little step at a time.
Let’s accept it, the whole process is no less than an epic adventure that requires the organization skills of a machine. To save you the trouble, we’ve done the homework for you.
Here’s a roundup of the ultimate checklist for moving to the home in same or another city. From taking care of home things to hiring best packers and movers in your city, everything included:
4-6 Weeks BeforeThe Moving Day
- Sign up for a moving company and choose carefully.
- Prepare your budget, avail a written quote and create moving transit insurance.
- Arrange contents and household Insurance for your new residence.
- Inform the Electoral Office of your new address. Also, get your Drivers Licence modified accordingly.
- Complete a floor plan of your new home for furniture placement and measure the spaces to ensure your furniture will fit, especially the fridge.
- List an inventory of everything you own, observing any scratches or dents.
- In the kitchen, consume all the opened products and trash the products that have crossed the expiry date.
- Use up all food in the freezer.
- Keep a note of any valuable items that need special care while moving.
- Dispose of all the things that you don’t require.
- Check any specific moving guidelines for your washing machine with the seller.
- Remember to sort the garage and the garden at the backside of the house.
- Unfill the gas cylinders and air bottles and keep the valves open, trash all the flammable liquids like chemicals, paint, cleaning fluids, bleach, fuel, and aerosols of any kind.
- Prepare a folder for all your moving documents.
- Arrange to have your mail held or redirected to your new address.
- Redirect or terminate newspaper and other subscriptions.
- Return borrowed or rented items.
- Arrange a garbage pick-up with the local service.
- Check your key collection time and settlement date with lawyers/Real Estate Agents as this will decide your moving day.
- Place all the important legal documents and jewellery safely to be carried yourself.
- If leasing, call for property inspection and cleaners.
- Relocate or set up utilities at your new address.
- Review home and contents/car insurance.
If Packing Yourself
- Ask your mover to provide carton and packing materials (labels, bubble wrap, tape, markers, paper).
- Use clear white butcher’s paper. Don’t use newspaper as it spoils the goods.
- Mark every carton specifically, on the tape, depending on its contents and its final destination.
- Make a SURVIVAL KIT (LOAD LAST) with snacks, tea, coffee, breakfast requirements, special children’s toys, school needs, pet needs, bathroom essentials, telephone handset, medical kit, scissors, corkscrew, spare light globes, tools, toilet paper.
- Make an inventory list of each carton. Mark clearly FRAGILE. Note all dents and scratches.
- Pack lighter items in big cartons, heavier items in small cartons and keep heavier items at the bottom.
- Disassemble furniture that comes apart and place in a labelled carton with TV, sound system, remote controls, bed legs, shelf supports, keys to furniture cabinets and manufacturer’s instructions for reassembly of items.
- Carry all the sentimental and personal items with you in your car.
2-3 Weeks Before Moving Day
- Contact all relevant authorities to inform them regarding your new address.
- Return all library books and CD’s.
- Request your family or friends to babysit children & pets on the moving day.
- Initiate the change of bank accounts, internet, telephone, gas and electricity connections.
- Arrange final readings of gas and electricity meters, take out the batteries.
- Terminate any delivery services, newspapers, automated payment plans and local memberships. Collect dry cleaning.
- Arrange a locksmith to change the keys on the moving day at your new residence.
- Spare some time off work on the moving day.
- Make your new residence will be carefully cleaned before you move.
- Disassemble outdoor items, children’s’ play equipment.
- Create a kit with hammer, screwdriver, lightbulbs, nails, wall hooks, pen knife and other essentials and label it as “Handy Kit”.
1 Week Before Moving Day
- Keep aside bed linens and towels to be used on the first day at your new residence.
- Chart out the plan for every room in your new home with furniture location for your removal supervisor.
- Get indoor plants watered slightly and packed into plastic-lined boxes.
- Re-confirm all moving details with the mover, real Estate Agent and lawyer. Confirm that your mover has all contact numbers, new address and clear detailed instructions.
- Make a friendly welcoming note for the new residents with any pertinent information to help the settling-in process and your contact details.
- Arrange access and parking for the Mover’s truck.
The Day Before the Move
- Defrost and unfill your refrigerator. Clear the oven.
- Pack personal luggage/items to be carried with you.
- If using professional packers, make sure to leave out important items for that evening and the following day.
- Disconnect and tie up appliance cords.
- Carry cash in hand for emergency expenses and required finances for moving.
- If your house will be empty for a while,notify the neighbors.
- Greet your old neighbors.
- Make an action plan for the moving day.
- Mark cartons as “ESSENTIALS” and “SURVIVAL”.
- Provide your mover with specific floor plans and the new address.
- Ask mover to load the fragile boxes last so they are removed first from the truck.
- Make sure all meters are correct and car and house keys’ collection is organized.
- Check off all items as they are placed in the moving van.
- Ask your mover for the online tracking details.
- Close all doors and windows and turn off hot water system.
- Check the tops of cupboards, garden area, sheds and garage for any items.
- Return all keys to the Real Estate Agent or the new tenant.
- Lock your house, turn off the power, close all taps, disconnect the gas and electrical appliances.
Your New Home
- Check the number of boxes delivered.
- Cross check all the goods.
- Direct the mover regarding the furniture placement in your new home.
- Check for damages while loading/unloading.
- In case of an insurance claim, contact the moving agent’s company.
- Check all utilities are in place.
- Get your new home’s securities checked and the old locks changed.
- Make sure that you have all the keys and required instructions to your new home.
- Greet your new neighbors.