Pack and Plan Well for Easy Moving
It says that well packed is half moved. So, pack it tight! In this post, we will see some tips and details about packing your stuff before moving to your new house of dreams, and a few other important things to remember.
Firstly, it is important to have a Purchase List for packing:
Packaging boxes (You can get it from warehouses or stores)
It is a general rule in packing that lighter items have to be packed in large boxes and heavier items in small boxes. The purpose of this is to make handling easier. If you want to wrap anything, use plain white paper. Newspapers and magazines will leave printed ink stains on some items.
Care should be taken when dismantling furniture as they have to be properly assembled later. If you don’t have instruction manuals, put some identification mark on adjacent mating parts using a permanent marker. If you want to use the boxes again, write descriptions only on packing taps. Label the boxes by writing its major contents and the room to which the box to be taken in your new home.
For fragile items and boxes that needs special care, mark an arrow for ‘this way up’ notification.
Make three ‘special boxes’ – First one with all your valuable folders and documents like passport, Academic certificates and other important documents. Second box with essential utilities like keys, mobile phone and laptop chargers, furniture assembly instruction manual, hand tools and accessories etc. Third box is for a ‘one day essentials’. Most of the time, you will be tired by the end of the moving day and will not be in a position to search for the necessary items like towels, bed linen, toothbrush and paste, clothes to change, toiletries, first-aid items, anything you need for work if you have to start next day morning etc. The third box can have all these to make your day stress free and relaxed. Mark these three boxes in Red to differentiate from other boxes.
Make sure your old home is thoroughly cleaned and any damage is fixed before you move out.
You should take extreme care if you were renting, as the real estate agents are very strict about moving out cleaning. If you are not confident in the cleanliness, it is better to appoint a cleaner to do the job rather than the real estate agent opposing to pay your deposit back. An even smarter way is to ask the real estate agent to organize a cleaner if you are happy with the price. It will eliminate the complaints to a great extent.
Cancel all utilities, connections and services in your old home. Make sure you give the exact date for disconnection as you want all services until the last day.
The Services are:
Telephone and Internet connection
Gas, Electricity and water
Paid television connections like Foxtel
Make sure that your new home is thoroughly cleaned before you move in. The vendor might not have cleaned it well. So, you can hire a cleaner to do it.
Do sealing the tiles and corners in bathrooms and toilet.
It is a good practice to change the toilet seats.
Consider doing a pest treatment in your new home, before you move in.
Carpet cleaning is advisable if not changing the carpet.
This is a good time to paint the house as it is empty.
Blinds/curtains can be changed if they are not good.
You could do fencing if fences are damaged.
You can replace the security doors or add a new one if you don’t have.
Take measurements of your new home to ensure your furniture, fridge, washing machine etc. fits
Provide the removalists with a detailed room layout to place furniture and equipment.
Get a clear idea of access to your new home including alarm codes and reset options.
Find out the time and place to collect the key of your new home. You can usually pick up the keys from the real estate agent on settlement day. Don’t forget to ring and say thank you to your conveyancer.
We will have more related information in our future posts. What do you think the most important thing in planning your move? Please share your experience during your recent moving time, in the comment section below.