Nobody will argue that relocating to a new home can be quite difficult and stressful. In fact, a lot of people even get sick during the process because it is tiring to take care of all the tasks moving involves.
Also, most of the time it’s not just moving requirements that you need to take care of. There are other responsibilities involved, such as getting your old home ready for the occupancy of new owners, taking care of all admin work and the setup of utility services in your new place.
Needless to say, this undertaking demands careful preparation and your complete attention.
Taking the time to think about all of the tasks and identifying various solutions to ensure efficiency can diminish the stress of the process. To help you with this, here are the 8 fundamental steps to managing your move to a new home.
Step 1: Download a moving checklist.
A checklist will make sure that you can “see” all the things you need to bring and all the tasks you need to take care of. Having a visual representation of tasks or a document will ensure you stay on top of your pre-move goals and all else that follows. Also, a checklist can provide you with that sense of accomplishment as you cross out items that you have already covered.
Removalist companies typically offer a comprehensive checklist that you can download and print.
Step 2: Scout for reliable, professional local removalists.
An official moving checklist always includes this task.
Basically, what you need to do is to find the right moving professionals to partner with. The best place to look is the Web where removalist companies have their online presence. You can find most of the information you need in order to learn about the services offered by different companies in your area, as well as the cost and maybe even some online customer reviews.
Be sure to get recommendations from people you know who have required removalist services before. Their input is worth considering especially if you want the best bang for your moving budget and a pleasant working relationship with your moving company.
Step 3: Get your new home ready.
Squeeze this task in because it is crucial to ensure your new home is ready for move-in on the date you have chosen. Talk to your realtor and set up arrangements for when utility connections will be ready.
Likewise, research on services you need such as digital TV, internet, phone, and home security services. Compare the rates of the different service providers you find and set up a schedule for the connection of your required services.
Step 4: Tie up loose ends.
Contact your current service providers and the professionals you have been turning to over the past few years. Inform them about the move so you can be certain that you no longer have financial accountabilities to cover and you have all the records you need to launch your life in a new place.
Step 5: Schedule dates for packing.
A strategic schedule is a must especially if you will be moving most of your possessions. When assigning dates for packing, dedicate the earliest date to the items that you do not frequently use such as seasonal items. The latest dates are always for furniture and personal items that you need until just before moving day.
Step 6: Buy your packing supplies.
Before any packing commences, make sure that you already have all your packaging essentials. These are different sizes of boxes or cartons, plastic bags, bubble wrap, wrapping paper, heavy duty tape, ropes, labels, box cutters and scissors, and markers.
Step 7: Learn packing strategies.
Go online and score the best tips on how to pack your belongings. Learning how to pack your items correctly will not only make unpacking easier but it will also prevent damages to your possessions during removal and transport. Your removalist can also advise you (and even assist you) on how to best pack special or fragile items.
Step 8: Use a room visualizer app for your new home.
There are apps that you can download to your phone and use to visualize and designate which items should go where in your new place. They allow you to “design” your new place in advance. This way, you are guided about where specific belongings are assigned in your new house, and you can unpack by room.
So, these are the steps to follow when you want to manage your move more effectively and efficiently. There may be other steps that you can take for the same purpose, but with these 8 steps, you can be sure that you have the true essentials of move preparation covered.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.