What You Need to Know Before Moving
Decluttering Your Belongings
Before making your move, set time aside to declutter your belongings. This means sorting out what you need, selling, donating, or throwing away.
Transporting Your Belongings
Once you have gone through what you are taking, you will know more or less how much you will be taking in your move. You can then go to local restaurants, liquor or grocery shops, office supply stores, etc. to ask them to collect free boxes to pack your belongings into. Once this is completed, you will need to decide on how you will transport your belongings. Will you do it yourself or will you hire a removal company who is experienced in carefully packing, handling, and loading delicate and heavy items?
Start packing early to lessen the load closer to the move. One way your packing process can be aided is to create a room-by-room checklist of what needs to be packed. It’s also recommended that you pack a little every day.
Start by Packing the Least Used Rooms
This is helpful as it leaves your everyday used items accessible. So, you won’t be scrambling around in your perfectly packed boxes looking for a pot or dustpan. Leave everyday items to be packed the day before the move and ensure that you keep traveling essentials like medication separately. You could also have a mini toolbox which may include a sharp knife to open boxes when you arrive.
Arrange Your Utilities Early
To save on the amount of stress once moved, see to your utilities before moving. These include electric, gas, water, heating, and cooling functions as well as phone and internet set up. Notify your relevant utility companies to ensure all these are set up before your move.
Create an Inventory
Create an inventory list of all you have so that you won’t lose anything during the move. You should also take pictures of your furniture to see if any damage was caused during the move. This is especially important if you decide to hire a removal company.
Do a Walkthrough
Walk around your new house while it is still empty. You should check whether all agreed-upon repairs have been made by the previous owner and that anything that was included in the sale was left behind. You should also ensure all outlets, switches, and fixtures are in working condition. If you encounter any problems, contact your realtor for assistance on what actions to take.
Figuring Out What Will Go Where
Plan your space set up ahead of time. This can be done during your walkthrough. When allocating space to furniture, you will be able to place them in their assigned place while you have the extra hands. Rest assured that you can still make changes later if you’re unhappy with the placement.
Do a Deep Clean
This should also be done while the house is empty so that you can clean all the hard-to-reach areas before your furniture arrives.
Meet Your New Neighbours
As you might be new to the area, befriend your new neighbours. This goes a long way in helping you find your way around the neighbourhood and finding local recommendations.