Moving to a new house should be an art due to the sheer number of things to consider. This includes the monthly utility services, bulky furniture, vital personal belongings and items to use on the first night. Once you have transferred to your new home, there are also other things to do in order to make a smooth transition, adding to the load.
This guide should ease the strain and help you with what to consider before and after the move:
1 - 2 months before the move
· Secure your records – Make sure you have your family’s medical, school and other important records are ready within this time.
· Sell or donate some of your furniture – Large furniture is often the culprit of a stressful move. They take too much time and energy for removal firm to transfer to your new home and doing it yourself can be dangerous. This can result in higher costs of moving fees. Instead, take this opportunity to let go of your furniture. Donate them to friends or relatives who might need them. You can also sell them and use the money to buy new furniture for your new home.
· Tour the new neighbourhood – Find the time to tour you’re the neighbourhood of your new home with your family. Check out the shopping centres, your children’s school, your workplace in the area and other points of interest near your new home. The tour can help your family cope with the move as they may have a significant attachment to their old home.
· Look for a good removal firm – Start your search for a good house removals company at least a month or two before the move. Looking for a removalist ensures you are able to book one with the better prices and the required qualifications in advance of the move date.
2 – 3 weeks before the move
· Limit your groceries – Your groceries should be enough for the last few weeks of your family’s stay in your old home. Limiting your supplies should help you reduce the amount of items to transfer to your new house.
· Consume fuel and gas – Almost every removalist cannot transport combustible or flammable items. Make sure to use any fuel or gas you have during this time. You can also give them away to people who may need them.
· Notify the post office - Make sure to notify your local post office of your new address by filling in a change-of-address form.
· Cancel or transfer all your subscriptions – Make sure to stop any local subscriptions you have signed up to at this time. This usually includes newspapers, magazines or food delivery services. You can resume these service in your new home from other companies available in the area.
· Transfer your utility services – Call all of your utility services to see if they are able to transfer them to your new address. These includes gas, electric and water utility services.
· Return any borrowed items – If you borrowed anything from a rental store or library, be sure to return it at least a week before the move. You can also check with them if you have any movies or books you might have yet to return and have forgotten about.
· Pack all unessential belongings – While there is a lot of time before the moving day, pack any belongings which you do not often use in a normal day. Good examples of this are decorative items such as vases, paintings or busts.
1 week before the move
· Ready a “first night” box – It is recommended to have a box filled with essential items for the family’s first night in your new home. This usually includes toiletry supply, blankets, pillows, mugs, kitchenware and microwave. The box can help your family cope with their first night in the new house. You can also have each member to pack their own box filled with their preferred entertainment gadgets and comforting items.
· Clean your old home – When all of your furniture is packed and ready for transport, you should be able to thoroughly clean your old home. This will give the new residents a good impression before moving out.
· Confirm everything with the removalist company – Check with your removal firm to ensure they come at the specified date of the move. It is also essential to have a copy of your receipt issued by them for taxes and future reference.
After the move
· Clean your new home before unpacking – Before unpacking the furniture or assembling the bed, make sure to clean the dust and grime off of the rooms in your new house. Do this to your belongings as well to remove any dirt accumulated during the transfer.
· Test and strengthen the security of your new home – Security should always be amongst your top priorities when moving to a new home. Check the locks on all of the entrances to your house. If any of them look rusted, old or damaged, replace them with new locks.
· Meet with the neighbours – Other than common etiquette, meeting with your new neighbours can help build a bond. This can make your family feel secure in the neighbourhood.
Following the guide above can help the experience before, during and after the move less stressful. You can also use this printable task list to further assist you with your move. Remember, always choose a removal firm company based on their qualifications and not just on their cheap fees.
Guest post by Anna Francesca is an avid writer, who enthusiastically explores about consumer passions as a catalyst for lifestyle and enterprise opportunities. She is also a music geek, a fan of European languages, an ardent reader, and very gung-ho on all things new and interesting. She currently writes for All Purpose Removals.