Relocation can be stressful. There are several factors you’ll need to consider, like how you’ll move and whether you can do it by yourself or there’ll be a need to hire a removal company. It’ll be best to carefully list and organize the tasks you need to accomplish to make the process of moving smoother.
To help you, you’ll see below the necessary tasks before, during, and after moving that you can use to help organize your relocation.
Tasks: Before Moving
Preparation starts here. An organized, stress-free relocation is a result of preparedness. See the following to know what you should do weeks ahead before the relocation day:
- If you’re moving with your family, it’s best to discuss the situation with them. You can also start notifying friends and relatives about it.
- Carefully sift through all your appliances, tools, and equipment. Assess whether a thing is a necessity, or it’ll just add space, then create a list based on that.
You can donate or sell things you think will not serve their purpose anymore after you move. Be sure to get rid of any hazardous or harmful items.
- Assess how much you’ll bring and whether you can move them or hire a more suitable removal company. If your moving mode is the latter, then you’ll need to research moving services and sift through the market to find reliable ones and those that fit your budget.
Instead of hiring a removal company or doing it yourself, you can also ask a few friends to help you move your things.
- List down the non-essential and essential things separately, then start packing the non-essentials first. Pack your essentials a few days before the moving day, like the kitchen items and clothes you’ll still need.
- If you aren’t planning to bring food, start consuming the items in your fridge and pantry. If you leave them be, they might get spoiled.
- Make sure to cleanse and dry your appliances before moving.
- Visit the community you’re moving into, and get familiar with the location. Know where the nearest facilities are and the mode of transportation.
- Make time to arrange your travel itineraries, especially if you need to ride a ship, an aeroplane, or a train to get there. Those kinds of transportation are better done booked earlier so you can still avoid high prices.
- Inform utility providers about your move. Utilities include cable, internet, water, gas, electricity, security, trash, etc.
You’ll need to research and choose utility providers if you are moving somewhere new, be sure that they have already connected the necessary ones upon your arrival to the new home.
- If you need new furniture and decoration items for the new home, it’s best to choose them weeks before the relocation, so they’ll be delivered just in time for you to use.
- Let a local pest control company visit your home to identify and solve bug problems.
- Clean the old house and take care of the trash before moving.
Tasks: Day Of Relocation
Finally, it’s relocation day! But it is still ongoing; you can’t relax yet and still need to do a few things. See below the last-minute commitments you’ll need to make:
- Make sure that you’ve packed the necessary items that you’ll be bringing with you. Double-check all your bags and luggage, ensuring you’re equipped with essential items such as extra clothes, toiletries, important documents, and many more.
- Do a final clean-up and assessment of the house, ensuring that you have taken everything yours.
- If you’re not planning to come back, you can already hand the keys to the landlord or new owners.
Tasks: After Moving
Here comes a few more physically taxing work, but after these, you’ll finally be able to enjoy your new home. Check below what you need to do, and assess where you’ll start first:
- Start unpacking from the essential packaged items, and then take your time reviewing and unloading the non-essential ones.
- After unpacking, it’s time for a thorough clean-up of the new home, whether it be dusting, mopping, or vacuuming.
- Update your address details on providers like financial institutions, medical practitioners, clubs, subscription services, driver’s licenses, and online shopping accounts.
- Explore the new neighbourhood and nearby facilities you’ll frequent, such as malls, grocery stores, parks, schools, libraries, pharmacies, and restaurants.
- Meet and greet your new neighbours.
- Ask neighbours or the municipality regarding the trash pick-up days.
- Visit the local town hall to address the changes in your voter registration.
- Ask an electrician to look at your outlets and electrical panel.
Mistakes To Avoid
Here are a few common missteps that people make when relocating. Get familiar with the following and avoid the mess it might create:
- Expending too much on packing items when you can get them free from local stores.
- Not measuring your furniture beforehand ends up with furniture that doesn’t fit in your new home.
- Packing even the unnecessary items that aren’t of any use to the new house when you can sell them and earn from that.
- Packing flammable or hazardous items.
- Packing heavy items in large boxes,
- Not labelling your boxes after filling them will make unpacking later take more time.
- Keep the address on providers the same as before.
You’ve made it this far! You now retain an essential understanding of what you can accomplish before, during, and after your relocation.
Although moving from one place to another takes so much time and factors to consider, you can be assured that only the process and transition would be hectic. Once you’ve passed that, you can ultimately enjoy the fruits of your hard work.