Moving House? Use This Checklist

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People move every day. They share how excited they are about the new house and how excited they are to be on a new adventure. People don’t share how stressed they are about the move, the packing, the planning, and everything that needs to be considered before they move. But moving doesn’t have to be stressful. Planning takes the stress out of moving. Use this simple checklist to alleviate the anxiety building up to your move.

Look into a removalist service. Find your removalist service early. Look through all your belongings. Understanding the task you have will help you communicate your needs to the service provider. Don’t forget about vehicles that may need to be moved as well. Book early and plan ahead.

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Arrange for a cleaner. If you are a property renter, you will often have the option to either clean the home yourself or hire a cleaner to come in and take care of the details. Cleaners that specialize in cleaning rental properties can ensure you get your deposit back. Schedule them 6 to 8 weeks in advance during busy seasons.

Start collecting boxes. Your belongings will take up more space and more boxes than you expect. Collect boxes early, and add more as needed so you can pack and label your boxes ahead of time.

Start packing. Start packing a month or more before your move. Picture albums, storage rooms, decorations, and other items you don’t use daily can be packed in advance. Off-season clothing, unused dishes, and books can also be packed. By labelling the boxes, you can ensure you can find your belongings once you get to your new home.

Set aside valuables. Valuables, important documents, medications, and important keepsakes should all be packed separately. Keep these with you when moving day comes.

Call the utilities. Connect and disconnect utilities in both homes accordingly. Stop garbage pickup, weekly cleaning services, gardeners, or any other services that are connected to the address you are leaving.

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Contact the postal service. Redirect your mail, cancel old subscriptions, and call anyone that needs to be made aware of your new address.

Collect keys. Make sure family and friends have returned any keys they have, so you have them ready for the next people coming in, or to return to the landlord.

Clean the fridge. Use all the food in your refrigerator and in your pantry. Any perishable food should be eaten before moving day, and all garbage should be taken out.

Moving day should be an exciting time for you. After all the planning, you are finally moving into your new home. Alleviate the stress leading up to the day by following the checklist above and working with a removalist service.  A professional removalist can help you with each step of your move, ensuring a smooth transition from one house to the next. No matter where you are in the moving process, having someone to lend a hand will make the move much less stressful.

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