We have put together this section in order to help you properly prepare for your removals. We have split this page into 3 sections.
How to prepare for your move, week by week move planning guide and unpacking tips for a hassle free task.
Your impending move should not make you too anxious. The secret to a more relaxed removal is planning. You should also start preparing for the move early so you would not have to hurry too much.
You need to list down everything you need to do so you will not forget anything later on. Then you also have to inspect and sort which things you will bring and which things you will not need anymore. This will give you an idea on how much packing materials are needed. Remember that it’s better to have extra than to have too little of packing materials at the last minute. To save some money though, you can ask for cardboard boxes at your local grocery stores or from friends who have just recently moved. You can also buy used moving boxes online or find the best deals on the Internet.
If you decide to hire a removals company or to rent a van, you have to book it as early as a month before the move. But search earlier than that so you can compare quotes and get the best deals. It will also give you time to research the company you are entrusting your things to. Doing it early would also help you adjust your moving date in order to get the best rate.
Of course, packing should be started early as well so you will be able to finish packing in time for your move. By doing so, you will be less stressed and your move will have better chances of going smoothly as possible.
6-8 Weeks before your move:
• The organisation is vital to enable a smooth running move and this is the key time to start piecing together the details of your move.
• This is the best time to decide which items you wish to transport to your new home. If you decide to dispose of any items you don’t need, you can either donate them to a charity or hold a garage sale. Contact a local charity or pick a date at least two weeks before your moving date to hold the garage sale. Advertise the garage sale in your local area. Perhaps team up with your neighbours who are looking to sell some old items, and plan a large neighbourhood sale.
• If you are planning to pack your belongings yourself, start collecting suitable moving and packing supplies. Make sure any boxes are strong and sturdy as they may create some difficulties once packed in the van also try and find boxes of similar sizes so they can be stacked neatly and safely.
• Consider the layout of your new home and create a floor plan noting where you would like to place your furniture. This can prevent any stress when it comes to making a decision once your furniture arrives at your new home.
• Familiarise yourself with your new community and area. Try and find out any information on local schools, community programs, parks, and facilities from your local council.
• Organise any necessary travel arrangements for your family in advance (hotel, flights, car rental, etc). Try to keep your plans as flexible as possible to accommodate any changes or delays.
• Keep hold of all receipts for moving related expenses in a separate moving folder. Several moving expenses are tax deductible. Contact your local tax office to obtain any relevant forms.
• Finalise all real estate and rental issues.
• Contact your insurance company in advance to transfer any medical, property, fire and car insurance details.
• All medical and dental records should be placed in a safe and accessible place. Make sure you include prescriptions, vaccination records, and eyewear specifications.
• If you have any important documents, such as wills, stock certificates, and other important or valuable items (jewellery, photos etc), make sure these are sorted in advance and put in a secure place.
4-5 Weeks before your move:
• Contact your local Post Office for a Change of Address form and mail redirection details. Give your new address to:
• Friends and Family
• Post Office
• Utility Companies
• Telephone Company
• Trash Company
• Cable Company
• Water Company
• Electricity Company
• Internet Provider
• Insurance Companies
• Banks and Financial Institutions
• Health Providers
• Book Club
• Record Club
• Travel/Auto Club
• This is a good to time to take a look at what you own and sort out what must go and what can be left behind or thrown away. Any items such as old books, magazines, broken items, old toys can be recycled or donated if in good condition. Remember that any extra weight to your shipment will cost you more.
• Organise your move by making lists separating which items you will not be transporting, which items your removals company will take, and which items you will move yourself.
• Decide what to do with the items that are not going with you. I.e. garage sale, charity donation, recycled or disposed of.
• Decide who will do most/all of the packing. It is advisable that you let the removal company do the majority of the packing as they are familiar with the best methods for keeping items safe and secure.
• Involve your children in the moving process. Let them help with packing and perhaps get them to suggest a layout for their new room. Make it as fun and exciting as possible.
3 Weeks before your move:
• Notify your removal company if there are any changes in the dates of your move. If you need any additional services such as piano moving, packing and unpacking, and storage facilities, you should inform the removal company for any pricing lists/ information. Inform the removal company if you add or deduct any items from your original planned shipment.
• Decide how much packing you will be doing yourself. Inform your movers of any items that you would prefer him/her to pack.
• If you are transporting your car via a car carrier, finalise the reservation and date and time of the pickup.
• Consider giving your plants to friends or a charity if you are moving long distance.
• Finalise any transportation arrangements for your pets. Take your pets to your veterinarian to update any health certificates, vaccinations, and rabies inoculations.
• It is advisable to carry all valuable jewellery with you. If you have any valuable items around the house, collect them before leaving.
• Return any borrowed items, I.e. library books. Collect all items that are being repaired, stored or cleaned.
2 Weeks before your move:
• Transfer all prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new area. Call your bank to find out how to transfer your accounts or change your address. Clear out any safety deposits boxes.
• Disassemble and disconnect your computer system before you move. Back up all your computer files on a disk or memory stick. It is a good idea to take these backup disks/ sticks with you in the car. Any exposure to extreme temperatures can damage your software.
• Clean and clear out any closets, basement and attics.
• Dispose of items considered hazardous and prohibited from being shipped.
• Tape and seal all cleaning fluids that are non-toxic, non-flammable in and store in plastic bags.
• Drain your lawn mower, snow blower, and power tools of any oil and gasoline to ensure safe transportation.
•If you are in need of storage facilities, contact your removal company about the options available to you.
• Inform gas, electric, cable, telephone, and internet services of your move. Arrange to have them disconnected the day after your scheduled moving day. Sign up for these services at your new address and ensure they are connected on the day you move into your new property.
•If you are travelling by car to your new location, get your car checked out in advance to make sure it is in good working order and you have a safe, reliable trip.
The week before moving:
• Mark clearly which items you are planning to take yourself. This will save time and any hassle for both you and the removal staff.
• Check all cupboards, basement, garage, built in storage, for any forgotten items.
• Write on your boxes to be shipped appropriately, I.e. Fragile, Do Not Load, Load Last.
• Empty, defrost and clean out your refrigerator and freezer. Clean your stove with a specific oven cleaner, at least 24 hours before moving, to let them air out. Try using baking soda to get rid of any bad odours.
• Prepare any items you will need whilst your goods are in transit. Pack your suitcases and confirm travel arrangements for you and your family. Try to keep plans as flexible as possible in the event of unexpected delays or schedule change.
•Provide your removal company with your address and phone number of your new home. You should also provide an address and phone number of where you can be reached until you arrive at your new home, in case there are any problems.
• Arrange payment of the removal services. Contact your company to inquire about methods of payment accepted.
• Enquire with your moving company or van line agents about protecting your goods.
The day before moving day:
• Pack a box of items that you will need as soon as you arrive at your new home. This could include non-aerosol cleaning supplies, disposable plates and cups, light tools, snacks, bathroom items, rubbish bags, and of course – a kettle!
• Take this box with you or ask the van driver to load it last and unload first.
• Defrost, and thoroughly clean the refrigerator.
Moving out day:
• Be present at the property when the driver arrives and throughout the duration of the loading process. If you can not be there, arrange for someone trustworthy to meet and direct the movers. Make sure the driver has confirmation, and the name and phone number of that chosen person.
• Accompany the driver during throughout the inventory. Check on the condition of your goods as they are being loaded.
• Carry out a final tour of your home and ensure that nothing is overlooked.
• Lock all windows and doors, and turn off all switches, gas and water
Moving into your new home:
• Arrive at your home a day in advance if possible, to make sure utilities are connected. You can then prepare the arrangement of any major items in your home.
• Be present at your new home to pay the driver any outstanding balance.
The sight of a lot of boxes waiting to be unpacked in your new home is indeed depressing. However, no matter how you hate to do this, this task needs to be done. Of course, you can never make a home out of your new house without doing this process. Therefore, you need to find out how to do the unpacking with less hassle.
The first thing you must take note is that you must have done a great packing job. Meaning, each box must be labeled accordingly depending on what its contents are as well as which room the contents are intended to be used. This way, you will know which ones you need first to give attention to.
Another thing that you need to do is to identify your priorities. It is a good approach to deal unpacking the boxes with essential items first. This can be toiletries, cooking materials, beddings, and the like. If you have collectibles, place them at the end of your priorities. Since you can live without them, it is just fine to leave them to sit in the boxes for a couple days more.
Also, let other people help you. If you have older children, give them a task to unpack their things for their rooms. This way, the unpacking process will be faster and your total job will be lessened. Given all these reminders, you surely will not find this simple task overwhelming anymore.