Having to move on from your old place to your new abode can be a pretty tiresome job. However, knowing what to do and being prepared to do all those things can prove helpful.
Create a checklist to know the A, B, C’s of moving in or moving out and accomplish the D down to the Z’s of it without any hassle. Make sure that everything is done, and then you will see that moving in or out can be a fulfilling experience.
A Checklist For The Move
Thinking about the most important things down to the simplest things can ensure that nothing is left behind.
What exactly are the A to Z of moving? This is a list of essential things that need to be done. It can serve as a reminder and can keep you on track with things that are going on during a move.
Many removalist companies publish checklists; it would do no harm if you follow them. However, having your personal guideline can give you a hand or two on your own terms.
The Alphabet Of Moving
a. Always remember to call your removal company and book your moving schedule. This will ensure that you get the date and time that you need to make the move.
b. Be aware of the things that you need to bring with you and those that you would not. Give to charities, family, and friends the things that you will not be bringing along so as not to waste any. Sort through your belongings and make the right decisions. Those that would be needing special handling should be separated to ensure that they get the “TLC” that they deserve.
c. Check your appliances. Do not ignore special moving instructions from manufacturers. This will ensure that your appliances reach their destination intact.
d. Documents are important. File them in special folders that would ensure they get to your destination without getting ruined or misplaced.
e. Electricity should be turned off, as well as gas and water supplies. Never leave your old house without ensuring that you turn off all utilities. It is a great hazard to be leaving these utilities on – fire, flooding, and even explosions could happen once you get out!
f. “Fragile” and “this side up” signs, as well as special packaging, should be used on things that need them the most. You might know what exactly you have in each of your parcels, but your removalist might not.
g. Give your removalist a list of what you exactly have. This will give an accurate insurance computation.
h.Have a detailed inventory of each carton. If you give your removalist a list of what you are moving, you should have a copy for yourself. Create a detailed list, per box or package as this will also help you in unpacking.
i. Indoor plants can be moved without worrying whether they will make it to the new destination. Water them lightly and pack them in boxes with plastic liners. Leave the top of the boxes open if it is possible; if not, put some breathing holes.
j. Jump into the opportunity to pack things correctly. There are removalist companies who can help you with this, take it! This could mean getting your stuff intact.
k. Keep your passports, visas, tickets, and identification cards in your personal bag. You might need it along the way. Keeping them in your glove compartment or bag could mean convenience for you and your family.
l. Label all your cartons accordingly. Linen goes in the linen box as dishes go in a separate box. This will save you the hassle of opening up everything just for a single drinking glass!
m. Make your move as hassle-free as possible by being organised and ready.
n. Neatly fold all clothes, towels, tablecloths, and what have you. Neatly stack bubble wrapped breakables. But Wait, There’s More To Moving
o. Open the boxes only when you get to your destination. This will keep your packaging in place until you reach your new abode.
p. Prepare a box or a bag that is close at hand with your essentials; toilet paper, soap, first aid medicines, and anything that you might need along the way.
q. Quintessential things should be properly marked. Paintings and other expensive stuff should be packed and labelled individually.
r. Removalists are professionals who are experts at moving. Enlist their help from packing to moving because they are the authority.
s. Safety always comes first. You might be moving your personal belongings, but you should also think about the people that would be moving in with you. Put into consideration the things that they need and the things that they would like to have in the new house.
t. Transport perishable items in insulated boxes or coolers. Depending on the distance from your old home to the new one, put in as much coolant or ice.
u. Understand the map. Give your removalist a copy of the address where they would be bringing your personal belongings. Read and understand it as you would need to transport not only your things but the whole family.
v. Verify with your removalist company a day or two ahead of the moving schedule. This will confirm your reservation, as well as their time of arrival. You wouldn’t want to be caught unprepared, would you?
w. Watch the movers as they pack, load, and unload your items so that you would know where your items are placed.
x. “X” is not always unknown. “X” would mean that it marks the spot! Put a taped X from end to end as this can help hold the glass and keep it from breaking.
y. Yellow pages is where you can find many removalist companies. Whether you decide to use a hard paper directory or the Internet, yellow pages can help you find the name and contact details of many removalist companies in your area.
z. Zoom into your new home with renewed knowledge that your personal belongings will be moving in with you without any hassle.
Just remember to be prepared, and everything will be alright. Never allow anything important be left behind. Creating your own checklist is an essential part of making a move. It not only makes your move more organised, but it ensures that you would be able to do everything that needs to be done.