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House Removals: Planning Ahead

The key to having a stress free and smooth house removal is planning well ahead of time. Below, we have listed a moving checklist that will help you stay on top of your move all the times. Two months before•    Walk through every room in your house and purge it of things that you will not be carrying with you to the next home. While you are sorting through stuff, make a note of what articles will need special packing and/or extra insurance coverage. Remember to discuss this with your removal company. •    Begin researching your options – look up moving companies, arrange for removals surveys and compare written quotes from companies. Refer to customer feedback to know which companies are worth the money you pay. •    Prepare a moving folder and keep all move-related documents and paperwork in it, including your budget plans, receipt, estimates, inventory etc.•    If you or your spouse has to look for a new job and your kids need to be registered to a new school, you should start looking for open positions, applying and getting the transition process started.Six weeks before•    If you are arranging for the packaging supplies yourself and intend to use recycled boxes, now would be a good time to get around to gathering them. Don’t forget to order other packing containers such as wardrobe boxes or dish barrels and supplies like tape, bubble wrap, labels, markers etc.•    Take stock of the things you have in store and start using things that you don’t want to relocate, mostly perishable food and cleaning supplies and detergents.•    Take measurements of the rooms in your new house and create a floor plan about which item would you place where. Make sure that all of your furniture fits through the entrances and in the rooms. One month before•    Shortlist the moving companies you want to use and begin a conversation regarding the move. Get written confirmation of your moving date, costs and other details. Remember to follow up with them after two weeks.•    Packing can be more time consuming than you anticipated, so give yourself enough time to finish it. Begin by packing things that you use most infrequently. Put the stuff in boxes according to where they will be put in the new house, label each box and create a separate inventory of each. •    Put valuable items such as jewellery and important documents in a safety deposit box at the box or with a friend for safekeeping until you have moved into the new place. Make sure you keep a list of the things you have put away.•    Notify your utility service providers, bank, insurance firm, employer, school, council, friends and family about your change in address. Apply for a mail redirection service at the local post office and ask a close neighbour to keep a look out for your mail after you have moved. •    Arrange for referrals from your current health centre and have your medical records forwarded to a GP at the new location.Two weeks before •    Apply for leaves at your office if you need some days off nearer or on the moving day. •    If you are having any shopping delivered to your old address, they should be delivered by now, or else hold off until you move to the new address.•    Contact your moving company and re-confirm the arrangements. Make sure you notify them of any changes you have made to the previous plan.One week before•    Refill up your prescriptions for the next few weeks and stock up on pain medication.•    Aim to finish most of your packing by now, excepting for the everyday essentials and your overnight bags.•    Empty the fridge and freezer, clean them and defrost a few days before the move.•    Call the moving company and finalize the time of arrival. Make sure they have clear directions to your home and let them have your number to contact you on.•    Keep enough cash ready for the move and beyond – tipping, refreshments, cab etc.