The Ultimate Moving Checklist
It doesn't matter whether you're moving interstate or just around the corner, the success of your move will be 100% reliant on how much effort you put into planning and preparation.
You basically need to become a professional project manager when moving to a new house. You have to pick up your entire life and transport it safely to another location. Don't let this frighten you though; with the right advice, you can move safely and stress-free.
The experts at Kent Removals and Storage have created this moving house checklist to help you get through all of the planning and preparation and ensure that by the time moving day rolls around, you'll be ready for the challenges of the day.
Two Months to Go
It might seem like overkill starting the preparations for your move so far out from moving day, but the sooner you start, the easier your move will be. Every day that you don't spend planning and preparing will add pressure to your deadline and add to the work you have to do later. With two months to moving day you can:
- Obtain quotes from removalists. Just be sure when you do, that you're comparing apples with apples; make sure you're receiving the same level of service from each company.
- Start decluttering your house. Moving is the perfect time for a clean out. So, work out which items you want to keep, sell, donate, or throw away. After all, you pay for your moving services based on volume. The more you have, the more expensive the bill!
One Month to Go
With one month until moving day you should be:
- Ensuring that you have finalised and locked in a moving date. It's impossible to plan and prepare without a clear time frame.
- Figure out how much time off you'll need and get approval from your boss. It's always a good idea to take a day off either side if it's a big move.
- Renters need to give notice to their landlords and organise a final inspection to collect their bond.
- Make sure you've spoken to your moving company about insurance, don't rely on your contents insurance because your items won't be covered in transit.
- Start packing so you don't have to rush. Safe and effective packing takes time, so don't leave things to the last minute. You will need to:
- Invest in some quality packing materials. Old boxes, towels, sheets and newspapers won't keep your treasures safe. You need bubble wrap, packing tape and new professional moving boxes. If you have particularly valuable or awkwardly shaped items, then you might even want to invest in some custom-made boxes or crates to ensure they make it through transit unscathed.
- You should only fill boxes to the point where they can be carried by one person. Any heavier and you risk damaging what's inside and your removalists backs. You should fill excess space within boxes with bubble wrap to prevent internal movement and breakage.
Two-Weeks to Go
If you've been following the checklist, should be feeling calm and organized. With two weeks until moving day, you should be:
- Finalising the specifics of your move and keeping your moving company aware of any changes or updates. Communication with you moving company is key throughout the move.
- Checking up on local rules and regulations to ensure your moving plans are in accordance with any restrictions at both addresses.
- Make sure you have water, gas and power for the first night in your new home by organising a disconnect/reconnect service at both addresses.
- Make sure important bills and notices don't get lost in the mail by arranging a mail redirect service with Australia Post.
- Get a pet boarding service for your furry friends and a babysitter to look after the kids.
One Week to Go
- With one week to go until moving day the pressure is starting to build but all you have to do is consult your checklist and keep ticking off those items:
- Make sure that your new home is ready to move into by asking your agent to organise a final inspection.
- Your moving plan needs to be absolutely finalized, so check that all changes have been recorded by your mover.
- An "Essentials Box" will be your best friend throughout the move. It should be filled with important but easily lost things, such as chargers, keys, medication and remotes.
- All packing needs to be finished. Your whole life should be in boxes by this point!
- Take your removalists through your home and give them clear instructions. Make sure they have the correct address and contact number and point out access points.
- "High priority" boxes need to be easy to access, so they can be loaded last and taken off first. Make sure these boxes are clearly labelled.
- Keep a copy of your inventory on you and tick off as things are moved onto the truck.
- Important items, such as jewelry and documents, should be carried by you.
- Remember to leave a note with your new address so the new homeowners can forward mail to you.
There you go. Just follow the list and you'll enjoy a smooth, stress-free moving day that will get your new life started on the right foot.