Things You Don’t Want to Forget When Moving into a New Home
Moving house is an overwhelming task and many things can get lost or be forgotten in the process, from actual objects to the smallest bits of paperwork or important documentation. And you only find out about it when you’re already at your new location and it’s too late.
Here’s a list of things you don’t want to forget in the midst of your move.
Correct packing material
This might sound insignificant, but using incorrect packing material could cause you a lot of damage and a big headache. Fragile boxes can easily collapse under weight and bin bags full of clothes can tear by accident and you’ll find yourself in the midst of your scattered possessions! The same thing goes for any type of container that you haven’t sealed properly.
Make sure you have enough boxes and containers. You can rely on the professional estimate of a removal surveyor from a moving company, or if you insist on doing it by yourself, it’s best you overestimate. Don’t be cheap at this point and purchase good quality packing material from a removal company so you can be sure they’ll withstand the move.
Choice of things to pack
Once you get into the full swing of packing you might get carried away and pack things you don’t need any more, while forgetting the essentials needed on the day of the move. Its best you make a list of things you need to have with you on the move day: a change of clothes, toilet paper, phone chargers, towels, toiletries, your personal documents and some food. Also, make sure you separate the things you’ll need to access immediately at your new home when you start unpacking. This is particularly important if you’re moving abroad and you might not get your things for several weeks.
It’s easy to forget little things in a rush, such as labelling boxes. It doesn’t sound like a big mistake, but the consequences can be quite horrific. The relocation itself is stressful, but when you finally arrive at your new home, the last thing you want is to realize it’s impossible to find anything in the sea of unlabelled boxes. Mark the boxes with the name of the room they are to go to and their content. Make sure you specify the ones containing fragile things and the ones that have priority over others.
Moving your utilities
On the moving day, you will probably remember to turn off the gas, electricity, water and all the switches, but what might slip your mind is arranging the move of your house utilities to your new location. Fortunately, this is no longer a lengthy and stressful task. You can now rely on professional people taking care of moving house utilities for you. With only one phone call, all is completed in a matter of minutes. That is surely one large item off your check list and one worry less.
Avoiding Friday as your move day
One of the most notorious days for moving is Friday. Although it might be very tempting to pick this day, as it would mean you’d have the whole weekend to unpack in peace, try to resist it. Fridays have always been the busiest days in removal company’s schedules, so you’ll probably end up struggling to find an available mover and probably paying a higher price. A good removal company for instance, will work with you on devising the best plan and timescale to make sure your move goes smoothly, efficiently and safely.
Letting everyone know about the move
Once you’ve packed everything, survived the move and settled in your new home, think about who knows you’re gone. You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget to inform family and friends about relocation. Therefore, as soon as you’ve confirmed the date of your move, let everyone know: family, friends, the bank, insurers, your office and the Post Office so they can redirect your mail.
It’s obvious that relocation of your home and family is not something to be taken lightly, so start planning in time, about 4 to 6 weeks prior to your move. The key to a successful, smooth and stress-free relocation is good preparation and organisation.
By Lillian Connors