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Ultimate Moving Checklist

February 14th, 2017 by Geoff Baldwin

Ultimate Moving Checklist compliments of Kent Removals and Storage.

Moving house, whether moving locally or moving interstate, requires careful preparation and project management. Unfortunately, most of us haven’t worked in careers that prepare us for a project of this scale and it can be a very overwhelming process.

That’s why we’ve created the Ultimate Moving Checklist. Follow the list and you’ll be prepared for the big day—it really will help ensure moving runs smoothly instead of descending into one big, chaotic mess.

An Early Start Is Key

A successful move is all about doing a little bit over an extended period of time, rather than doing a lot in a short amount of time. With two months to go you need to start:

  • Asking a number of moving companies for a free in-home visit and volume estimate. This way you can get some accurate quotes and undertake a price comparison
  • Once you’ve chosen a company you need to start creating an itemised list of all of your moving expenses so you can stay on track with your budget
  • Be ruthless when you go through your belongings. Only take what you need or love – the rest should be sold or donated. You pay for what you take so there’s no use paying for anything inessential
  • If you need storage, organise it now. Storage facilities can book out and you don’t want be stuck having to put your treasures in a poor quality facility

Keep Chipping Away

You’re off to a good start now you just have to keep the momentum going, with two weeks until the big move you can:

  • Create a final plan for moving day. Make sure you communicate with your service provider and ensure that things like access points and times at both addresses are clear
  • Make sure you’re aware of any restriction on parking, traffic management and access at your new address. You don’t want to get stuck with a nasty fine on the day of your move or find you can’t access your new property so be organised
  • You want to ensure that your new house is completely set up for your first night, so contact utility companies with enough time to ensure that your utilities will be connected by the time you arrive
  • You don’t want to have to deal with a broken down car on moving day so get it serviced
  • Book in a babysitter for the day of the move. Moving with young children is difficult and you’ll be thankful for the help when the day comes
  • Draw up a floor plan of your new home and include clear instructions as to where everything is going to be placed. That way your removalists will know exactly where you want everything and the drop off can be completed a lot quicker

Keep ticking all the items off and you’ll be surprised at how little you have to do on the big day. Just commit to doing a little bit each week and you’ll avoid all the moving day terrors you’ve heard about.