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Residential Move Checklist
Author:   Posted: 01 November 2012


We know how worrisome it can be to have to pack up, leave your comfort zone and move to a new home. If you don’t plan your move properly it can become a very rushed and stressful experience, here are some great tips for you to follow to keep you on track.
As soon as you know you are relocating, you have to decide if you will use a moving company to assist you or will you be doing the move yourself. Keep in mind where you are moving to – will you be able to carry all the heavy furniture into your new home or do you need to hire help for the heavy lifting? Can you get time off work?
Decide on a moving date. Remember furniture removal companies usually ask more over the weekend, so if you can manage it, try to move all your belongings mid-week. Start collecting furniture removal quotes to ensure you get value for money.
This is the perfect opportunity to spring clean and get rid of all the junk you have accumulated over the years. Go through all your stuff and be honest with yourself. If you haven’t used something for a long time you can probably let it go. You can donate all your unwanted stuff to a charity in your area.
About four weeks before your move you should start the change of address process; collecting and transferring dental, medical, pet and school records. Inform your current landlord, utility companies and magazine subscription that you are moving and provide them with the new address.
If you have decided to pack your belongings yourself, buy enough packing material. Buy sturdy boxes in different shapes, enquire about wardrobe boxes (they are more expensive but a great way to save time), get enough bubble wrap and polystyrene to protect your things, remember tape, scissors and a permanent marker to label all the boxes clearly. Watch related videos.
Start packing one room at a time and colour code your boxes to help the removal company know where it should go. Number the boxes and make a detailed list of what each box contains. Use enough bubble wrap or polystyrene balls to keep the items from moving while in transit.
Keep two emergency boxes aside. One for all the tools and equipment you might need on the day of the move (keys, tools, first aid kit, toiletries, pain killers etc.) and then a box for all your personal belongings that you would like to move yourself (jewellery, personal files, cheque books etc).
Organise the disconnection and connection of telephone, internet, DSTV and electricity. Pay all outstanding bills. Finalise moving documentation (transit insurance, address and floor plan to moving company). Arrange for your mail to be redirected to your new address.
On the day of the move be present while the movers are loading your furniture and belongings. Have a picnic basket with snacks and drinks as moving can be very exhausting. Double check all cupboards, drawers, remember to close the taps and switch off the electricity.




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