Moving? How to Create a Failproof Pre-Move Checklist

From getting your carpets professionally steamed to end of lease cleaning, moving home is more than just putting your things into boxes and driving from point A to point B.

Moving is always a mammoth task, and it is no wonder people get so stressed out over it. However, with an organised checklist in hand, you’ll be able to take the sweat out of moving.

In this article, we will look at how you can go about creating a pre-move checklist, making things easier before the big day. Read on to find out more.

#1 – Ensure Your Property Is In Top Condition

If selling, the best way to ensure that your home sells in the shortest time possible is to make sure that it is in top condition. This means enlisting the help of commercial pest control if there is a bug or creepy crawlie problem, fixing anything that may be faulty around the home, landscaping outdoor areas, and tackling general upkeep. The better maintained your home is, the higher price you will get for it. Simple! 

#2 – Get Rid Of The Old

Moving your items from point A to point B will be a lot easier if you use this opportunity to perform a little spring clean. Are there items that you no longer need? Things sitting in the corner of your home that you haven’t made use of in years? Perhaps now is the time to get rid of them – give them away, host a garage sale or simply dispose of things that no longer serve a purpose.

Getting rid of old items makes packing and moving much easier, greatly reducing the number of boxes you need to pack and all the extra time you’ll be spending unpacking them as well.

#3 – Book Your Removalists

It is always advised that you book your removalists as early as possible, as the best movers tend to get booked out weeks in advance. It’s highly recommended to only book reputable removalists if you value reliability, care and honesty!

Be realistic when booking movers, and be as accurate as possible in the size and volume of the move you will be doing. This will not only provide a realistic cost of moving, it will make sure they can accommodate all your needs on the day. Planning way in advance can assist you in preventing any disasters or mishaps closer to your big move.   

When choosing an ideal house moving service, consider a company with a proven track record of successful moves without causing damage to their client’s properties. Also consider the location of the moving company and the distance you’ll have to cover to your new home, as that may affect the cost. If you have loads of stuff to move, another thing worth considering is if storage solutions are available. That will be more convenient instead of looking for a separate storage provider.

#4 –  Get Packing

Now that you’ve gotten rid of items you no longer need, it’s time to start packing. Always remember to purchase moving boxes, masking tape, bubble wrap and all other necessities before boxing your items up. Using the right kind of packing materials will ensure that nothing gets broken or damaged along the way. Label boxes with tags such as “Kitchen”, “Bathroom”, “Bedroom” and so forth, to make unpacking easier once the time has come to unload.

Always remember to pack a box of essentials as well that include daily necessities such as toiletries, cooking utensils, and small appliances so that you are ready to go once you shift to your new home. The last thing you need to do is to be frantically opening 20 boxes just to look for your toothbrush, so an essentials kit is the way to go.

       #5 – Change Of Address

Last but not least, change of address. You’ll be surprised at how many people forget this important step when in the midst of a stressful move. Ensure that you update your address with your bank, utility providers, and any other institutions that may be sending you important mail. This will help you ease into your move and keep things in order amongst the chaos.

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