A successful move is all about time management. Whether you’re moving locally, or even moving interstate, you’ll make your life and the move a whole lot easier if you map it all out and take things slowly rather than trying to get everything done in one mad rush. This moving house checklist has been designed to give you everything you need to map out your move, and tick off all the necessities.
The Core Truths
It doesn’t matter how big or small your move is there are a few core truths and absolute musts that apply to every move:
1. You Must Be Ruthless
When it comes to moving you need to put sentimentality aside and decide what you absolutely have to take. There’s no better time to separate the junk from the treasure than when you’re moving house. So, before you start packing those boxes, take the time to ponder: can you actually sell, donate or throw out some of those items that haven’t been used in years?
2. It’s Never Too Early to Start
The minute you have decided to move is basically the time that you should start packing and preparing. If you’re concerned that you won’t have enough time to take care of all the planning, packing, loading and moving, then you might want to enlisting some professional help.
Some of the jobs that you can start on early include:
- Organising quotes from a number of removalists to compare and contrast, before locking in your removalist of choice
- Booking in your moving dates as soon as possible
- Getting your paperwork together and making sure all the important papers (passports, birth certificates, tax statements, and so on) are placed somewhere safe for the move
- If you have children or pets you need to start changing council registries and asking friends or family to look after your children on moving day.
The Week Before Your Move
With those core truths in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do in the days before your move to give yourself the best chance of avoiding all the usual stress. In the week before the move you need to ensure that:
- You have confirmed a date for a final inspection of your new home and that your agent or solicitor is able to collect the keys in time for the moving date
- The following details have been confirmed with your removal company:
- Old and new addresses as well as access locations at both properties
- Changes to the original moving plan
- Insurance details
- Payment specifics
- The last of the packing has been completed and you have a meal plan to finish off all your perishables
The Day Before Your Move
On the day before your move, you should:
- Give each member of your family a bag with everything they’ll need for the following day, such as toiletries and clothes
- Put together an ‘Essentials Kit’ with important things such as water, phone chargers and medication
- Contact your removalists to confirm times, locations and any other important details
- Make sure that your fridge and freezer have been cleaned and defrosted. You also need to drain your washing machine and iron and fit your washing machine with shipping bolts
- Write down all of your important numbers in case your phone dies
- Make sure that utility companies are aware of all disconnection and reconnection requirements.
Follow this advice and you’ll be on your way to a stress-free move.