Moving Tips

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Are you getting ready to move? For most people, the closer they get to their moving date, the more hectic life becomes. In addition to working a day job, there’ll be a lot of sorting, packing, and cleaning. Preparation for a move should begin well in advance of the move itself and it will help to work through your move with a checklist. If you’re moving yourself with a hire truck, you might have a little leeway on what you move, how and when. If you’re using a professional moving company, ask ahead of time about their specific procedures

Get the Guidelines Straight

When hiring a moving company, read their guidelines as to what they will move and what they won’t. Plants, liquids, and flammables, for instance, may be restricted. Get the right information early so you can find homes for the items you won’t be moving. If you want insurance to cover your important items, check with the moving company about their policies. Professional packing may be required for insurance coverage

Plan for packing

If you’re moving on your own and need boxes, most storage companies sell moving boxes and specific ones for hanging clothes. Alternatively, check or other web-sites as someone may be selling boxes from their move. If using a professional moving company, they will deliver boxes and packing paper to you. Even if you’re having them pack for you, ask for a few boxes early as you may have personal items you’d like to pack yourself. Your boxes should be included in the quoted price of the move

Prepare Your Appliances

During this busy time, cleaning the appliances is probably not on your radar. It is important, though, to ensure freezers have been defrosted and refrigerator condensation has been allowed time to dry. Whether you’re leaving the appliances for the new tenants or taking them, all parties will appreciate having clean appliances in their new location. If you’re too exhausted to scrub your oven or clean your refrigerator, hire someone to do it for you

Pack Methodically

Don’t pull items like knickknacks or books from various rooms to pack them together. It will be easier to set up a room at your destination when everything in a box is for that specific room. If you plan to change things around in your new home, label a box based on the destination. For instance, if you want living room items put into a games room at the new house, label the box “games room”, not living room

Plan for Moving Day

Ask your moving company what to expect on your packing and moving days, and communicate with your packers and movers once they arrive. Ask questions and let them know what you’re thinking. For instance, packers may begin to dismantle beds and wrap mattresses a day or two before a move unless you tell them you need to sleep in the beds another night or two. It may be difficult to cook an evening meal, make breakfast, feed the pets, or take a shower if they’ve packed the food and dishes away and removed the shower curtains. Ask the packers to leave an open box or two where you can place these last minute items once you’re finished using them

Set Personal Items Aside

Label items that are to stay with the house, such as curtains and appliances. You won’t want these items inadvertently packed or loaded. Plan to take with you in your car any valuable jewellery, prescription drugs, pet food, snacks and important papers. Especially set aside items you’ll need if you’ll be travelling or overnighting somewhere else. Put these items in a bathroom or cupboard with a “do not pack” sign posted on the door

Prepare for Surprises

Ensure your movers understand your schedule and try to accommodate you as much as possible, but prepare for surprises. For instance, movers may arrive early—even by a day, hoping to begin loading. Or, in some cases, they may arrive later than promised

Plan Your Vehicle Move

Arrange shipment of your extra vehicles. Order this service well in advance. Again, an early or late pickup might complicate matters, so be forewarned. It will be no fun having to wait hours for pickup of your extra vehicle once your moving truck has been loaded and the kids and pets are in the car ready for their cross-country move. Dropping the vehicle and keys off at the shippers a day or two ahead of time might be more efficient than waiting for a pickup service

Plan for After-Move Cleaning

No matter how excited you are about getting on with your move, leaving your current place in good condition is important. Make sure you remove all items including any rubbish under the house with the exception of items you’ve agreed to leave (any extra items, such as old house timber or windows, paint or furniture may be classed as “rubbish” by a new owner). Set aside a brush and a few supplies to clean with after you have finished packed. Or better still, hire a cleaning service with their own equipment to come in after your furniture & belongings have gone

Scan the Outdoors

Check the outdoor areas such as under the deck, the children’s sandbox, storage sheds, and other spots around the perimeter of the house where ladders, hoses, etc., that you want to take with you might be stored. Drain hoses thoroughly if you’re planning to take them with you, otherwise they could leak and soak your boxes or furniture

Pack a Last-In, First-Out Box

There can’t be enough said about packing a last-in, first-out box. This is a box full of useful items to be loaded last so that it’s available as soon as you move into your new space. Put an obvious label on the box so you won’t have to scurry around tearing open other boxes looking for things you might need right away. Items for this box might include:

  • a few glasses, mugs, and plates
  • a few towels
  • a shower curtain
  • bedding
  • cutlery
  • paper towel
  • pen and paper
  • scissors or a box cutter
  • screw drivers
  • snacks
  • soap
  • toilet paper
  • bin liners

Leave Important Items Behind

Leave garage remote controls, keys for cabinets or mailboxes, instruction manuals, and any touch-up paint behind for the new tenants/owners

Read your Meters

You should have already called your utility companies to disconnect services at one end and connect at the other. Have your meters before leaving to avoid extra charges.

Just thinking about all the work you need to do prior to moving probably sounds exhausting. The truth is, moving is exhausting. Being prepared, however, will save you a lot of frustration, and help you feel confident that you’ve covered all the important bases

Source: Mortgage Express, Feb, 2013