Moving to a new home is both exciting and gloomy. You have to leave behind a lot of memories and settle in a new place. And the stress! Multiple tasks need your attention. You miss out on even one of them it can be a mess.
If you have kids, moving responsibilities increase manifold. With so much work the only way to get things right is organizing. Preparing a moving checklist can help you to manage all the tasks without leaving any of them.
Ultimate Moving Checklist
Taking out a little time for this essential work is another duty. A lot of duties! Let us help you with an ultimate moving checklist. A list including all the necessary tasks you should be doing. Take prints and get going already.
1. Inform Your Utilities
Utility service providers can take a few weeks to process the requested changes. Begin with informing your service providers about the moving dates. It is suggested to move at the end of the month so that you don’t have to pay for extra days.
Make a list of contact details of the companies and give a call to each of them. Writing down things reduces the chances of it being forgotten.
2.Create A Moving Budget
Make a realistic moving budget. The first thing you have to decide is to choose DIY or hiring professional services. If you plan to do it on your own, you might need help from friends or family. It is nearly impossible to move without seeking help.
Hiring professional services is a safe decision. The budget should include the costs of service packages, the packing supplies you might need, your tickets and end-of-tenancy repairs.
3. Find A Local Moving Company
Search the internet for reliable local moving companies around you. Ask for recommendations. Read some online reviews and meet some previous customers. Request moving estimates from at least three companies.
All of these efforts are worth your time. You will be handing over all of your household items to the movers. You cannot take any risks. Do not forget to check the license and certifications of the company.
4. Clear Your Garage And Storage Areas
Once you booked the dates and informed the utilities turn to the most neglected areas of your home. Garages and stores have abandoned items in bulk. Wear your masks and start checking every item in the attic and storage.
You will find a lot of things completely useless. Discard the trash you don’t need. Separate the things which can be of any use. Then divide your home into workable portions. De-clutter one or two rooms per day. You might need a full day for the kitchen.
5. Sell/Donate Unnecessary Items
As you are clearing your home room by room, you will be surprised to see the number of items you don’t need. You can make some money by selling household items. You can sell your clothes, shoes, crockery items.
Arrange a garage sale. Collect the money and add it in the “assets” sections of your moving budget. You can also donate household items to that charity for the greater good.
6. Inform Schools In Old Area
If you have kids, visit the school or send an email to inform about the move. It is important for the administration as well as your child.
Moving from one place to another is highly stressful for the kids as well. It is suggested to take out some time and discuss all the details with them. They should be mentally prepared to leave the familiar environment. Take the move as a sort of adventure.
7. Make An Inventory List
Make an inventory list of everything you own. It will be a great help for insurance purposes. The list can be used for packing and unpacking later in the time. Once you have sold, donated and discarded the items, you will have an idea of the things you will be taking from old home to new home.
8. Order Packing Supplies
Some of the moving companies provide packing services. If your service package includes this, you will not need to order packing supplies. The company employees will be responsible for arranging them.
For those who are packing on their own, order the supplies two weeks ahead of the moving date. You may need packing boxes of different sizes, tapes, markers, labels, plastic sheets, and bags. All of these items are affordable and easily available.
9. Pack And Label Non-Essentials
Begin packing with the non-essential items. Pack the decoration items, books, and the cutlery you don’t regularly use. Every household is unique and so are the non-essential items. A very important step is labeling.
The labels should be as clear as possible. You should mention the name of the room where the box will go. You have to keep the unpacking in your mind while you are pacing. If you pack the thing randomly, unpacking will be a lot more tiring.
10. Prepare Your Home Appliances
The home appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines need to be cleaned thoroughly before moving. Unplug the refrigerators two days before moving the date and clean it. Consume or donate the food left because the moving company will not be taking any food.
11. Pack Essentials Box For Moving Day
Moving companies do not carry valuable items such as jewelry, cash, documents, and precious metals. You have to arrange for moving these items. Pack a box of essentials for the 24 hours of the moving day.
12. Clean Your House
The last point of this ultimate moving checklist is about saying clean goodbyes. Clean the old house thoroughly before leaving.