Moving is one of those exciting life developments that also comes with significant physical and emotional stress. There are so many things to do, and when you think about all the items on your to-do list, you can get easily overwhelmed.
But you don’t have to worry. We have a moving checklist to make the process a whole lot easier. With this checklist, you can slash the cost of moving as well. So, read on and view our comprehensive list of things that you should do, stage by stage, before, during and after the big move.
Before, During and After Moving Checklist
8 Weeks Before the Move
1. Conduct your research
You need to find reputable, highly rated macarthur removalists to assist you during the final stage of the move and you need to go about this in the beginning in a meticulous manner.
Not all moving companies are created the same and you should only choose an AFRA certified removal company. It is imperative to conduct a comparison of all your removal options. After this, determine which options can provide you the best result in terms of services covered for the price you are quoted.
2. Sort and edit
Go through all of your possessions and see which items should be taken to the new place. You will also need to decide what you will do with the items that you do not want to take.
This particular task can be quite challenging, which is why you need to get around to it during the first stage of the process. You need to have a clear head in establishing which possessions are complete necessities and absolute wants.
As for the items that do not make the cut, decide which will be donated, thrown out, or sold (consider selling because who can’t do with a bit more money these days?).
3. Take care of your children’s affairs
If you have young children who are in school, set up an appointment with their school to settle their affairs.
Get a copy of important records for their transfer to a new school.
4. Create a moving binder
The binder should include a copy of this list. It should also hold other important information and documents such as receipts, contracts, and even children’s school records.
Six Weeks Before the Move
1. Visit the new place
Familiarise yourself more with your new home and identify potential concerns such as small doors, limited storage, and others. Also, start making plans about what you want to do with the place.
2. Gather packing materials
Start bringing out the big suitcases, bags, coolers, and other moving storage solutions. If these are not enough for all of the things you will be bringing to the move, buy heavy-duty, high-quality packing packaging such as big moving boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, furniture covers, and even tape to secure the boxes.
Four Weeks Before the Move
1. Start packing
You’re done editing your belongings, so it’s now time to pack. There’s a really smart process of going about this and we have provided it below.
- Create lists for which items go into certain boxes or bags. Also, write down instructions on how particular objects need to be packed.
- Create specific labels for all the boxes and bags. Don’t just write “clothes,” specify if they are winter clothing or baby’s clothes. This will make unpacking easier.
- Assign a place in your house for packing. This will minimise clutter during the packing process. At the same time, it can help everybody stay focused on the task and save valuable time.
- Pack by weight. Put the largest and heaviest items at the bottom of each box or storage container. Then, add the smallest pieces the top layer of the box. With this method, you can avoid items getting crushed by the weight of other objects.
2. Choose your moving company
Call the removalists you have chosen to partner with and finalise your removal arrangements.
3. Get in touch with all your service providers
Head to the post office to change your address, make an appointment at the bank for a change of details as well as to clean out your safety deposit box, call the different utility companies and even those organisations you are subscribed to for a change in delivery/billing information.
4. Obtain medical records
Make a quick trip to your dentist and doctor, and get a copy of your medical records. Plus, ask for referrals.
Two Weeks Before the Move
1. Call the moving company for reconfirmation
Do a review of the arrangements you have made with the removalists to make sure that you have the same information.
2. If you will be driving the car, take it to the mechanic for a tune-up
You want to make sure that the car will be able to get you to your new place without breaking down.
The Week of the Move
1. Pack your suitcases
The last few items should already go into suitcases along with your personal essentials.
2. Start cleaning out the fridge
Consume all the remaining contents and defrost the fridge to get it ready for transport.
3. Make final confirmations with the moving company
Again, have that final talk with the removalists to make sure that there are no issues with the arrangement.
4. Make an inventory of everything that will be transported
Have another list ready so everything is properly covered when loading into the moving truck and nothing gets left behind.
5. Have your payment ready
The payment should include the cost of service as agreed upon with the removalists.
There you have it – a moving checklist that covers everything. Use this for your upcoming move and you can go about the whole process in the most organised way.
If you need reliable local removalists for your move, Adams & Rofe are the most trusted in Campbelltown and the greater Macarthur region. We have all your moving needs covered and we even provide storage services. Call us to discuss an ideal arrangement for a stress-free moving day or get a quote now.