Ultimate Moving Checklist - Sally Wood, Kent Relocation Group

When it comes to moving home you want to reduce your stress levels as much as possible. A little bit of panic and hand wringing is completely normal when undertaking a project as big as moving your entire life. But it’s important that little bit of panic doesn’t snowball into a torturous ordeal. Sally Wood gives us the Ultimate Moving Checklist including the little things you wouldn't think about before its to late!

Whether you’re moving locally or even moving interstate, this this checklist will help ensure that moving day is an exciting event, rather than a day to banish from your memory.

Start Early 

The most important message in the moving house checklist is the need to start the process early - an early start makes for a smooth moving day. With two months to go until moving day you can start:

  • Contact removal companies and ask for an in-home visit so you can get an accurate quote. Once you have a quote your happy with you can start creating an itemized budget that will keep your moving costs down
  • Do a spring clean and start to separate the items that you are gong to sell/donate/discard from the items you are taking with you
  • Lock in a storage service nice and early, if required. 
  • Start to shop smart and create a meal plan so you can use up all of your perishables and have your fridge and cupboards completely empty for moving day.

Keep Up The Pace

Starting early allows you to go at a more gradual pace but it’s important that you keep ticking things off as the months, weeks and days go by. With two weeks before moving day you can:

  • Ensure you have checked and finalized all the specifics with your moving company Including local council to confirm parking access, availability or restrictions (Some building complexes need notice of your move-in/move-out day to install curtains on the lift to avoid moving damages). 
  • Contact your utility companies so it’s a seamless transition between getting it cut off at your old address and reconnected at your new address.
  • If you have young children contact friends and family and try and find a babysitter for the day of the move
  • If you’re using your car for any part of the move make sure that you get it serviced, a car problem on the moving day can be an absolute disaster
  • Draw up a floor plan of your new address, including furniture placement and pass this onto your removal company to make the setting up process a lot quicker
  • Contact Australia Post and get all of your mail redirected to your new address.

Be Careful When Packing

Without a doubt, one of the most time consuming parts of any move is packing your belongings. When it comes to packing, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:

  • Don’t skimp when it comes to packing materials. Boxes that are second hand, or begged, borrowed or stolen from friends and family or the local supermarket are unlikely to stand up to the pressure of moving house. There’s nothing worse than having a box break mid-move and seeing all your belongings strewn across your front lawn
  • Keep individual box weight to a minimum. Heavy boxes are more likely to break, and more likely to cause injuries to the people lifting them. So, keep them light wherever possible. The best way to do this is to opt for smaller boxers for heavy items (like books), and big boxes for light items (like pillows and cushions)
  • Take special care when packing fragile items. Wrap each item individually in bubble wrap, and make sure there are no air pockets in the box they are sitting in—air pockets allow items to move around during transit. 

For more information, please visit Kent Relocation Group to ensure all your treasures are delivered safely, securely, affordably and with utmost care. 

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