Don’t Forget These Moving Essentials

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have moved house in my lifetime! It must be getting up to more than 20 or so now. And as you get older and wiser… things like advice from professionals can actually be useful:) I thought this item (below) from one of my clients was a good one to share with anyone who might be in need of some useful tips to make their next move a lot less hassle.

It is easy to overlook even the biggest things on moving day. There is so much preparation, and everyone involved – the big people, the little people, the pets, and the Sydney removalists. It is most often at least a full week of hustle and bustle and then chaos on the day of the big move. No residential or commercial move should be made unplanned. A good plan is necessary as there is much to do to prepare for the move to keep things as smooth as possible.

Moving is much more than packing boxes. It’s about getting all the materials, packing properly, hiring a reputable Sydney moving company with years of experience in relocations, getting copies of important documents like school records, prescriptions transferred to your new pharmacy, doctor records, etc. The bigger your family and home, the more complicated your relocation. If you have pets, there are the pets to deal with, as well.

This brings us to a moving checklist. A thorough checklist is important and you should begin to cross things off the list a month to a month and a half before the big moving date.

So let’s take a look at absolute essentials not to forget to put on your moving list:

Okay, so, preparation is the number one element of a smooth move. This is the reason you want to start with taking a look at your new destination. If you aren’t moving far from home, then likely the climate will be the same; but, if you are moving to a different state, then consider the climate changes, the urban or rural, the features of your new home like the size and color, any neighborhood homeowner’s rules, etc.

Once you’ve considered the new place and its climate, then start to work on your checklist.

  • Compile an inventory of your goods, and categorize them. For example, breakables, unbreakable, perishables, etc. Go room by room and write out an inventory of what’s in each room.
  • Make a box just for items you’ll need your first day in the home like toilet paper, tooth brushes and toothpaste, a can opener, etc.
  • Have a file containing essentials like your travel tickets, keys to your new home. Insurance papers, house documents, packing lists, etc.
  • Have a must do list to ensure you don’t overlook important things to do.
  • Arrange to transfer your children’s school records.
  • Pay bill balances like the utilities, phone bill, etc. before you go.
  • Transfer your bank accounts.
  • Have the electricity, phone, heat, gas, cable, television, etc. disconnected.
  • Put in a change of address at your local post office.
  • Be sure to have all your valuables covered under your insurance.
  • Have a checkup before you move.
  • Close all your memberships like your gym membership, etc.
  • Cancel magazine subscriptions and newspaper subscriptions.
  • Take your animals to the vet for their last minute checkup and while there, request copies of their records.
  • Confirm all travel plans.
  • Confirm the date, time and details of your move with your relocation company Sydney.
  • Make a folder containing all important papers and details regarding your relocation company like the date and time of the move, the phone number of the movers, your new contact information to provide the movers with, addresses and phone numbers of your new location and office etc. Also, an envelope with a cheque to finalise payment.
  • Pack a car travel kit that will contain all the important things like your personal phone book, credit cards, cheque book, flashlight, emergency medications like aspirin, bandages, etc., snacks, water, change of clothes, and games for the kids. Also, pack a pillow in the vehicle when travelling
  • Whatever you plan on storing or selling at a garage sale, list separately. Make a list of things you will need to repair and replace, etc.
  • Make a list of items you will need to provide the new owner of your home with, such as the garage door opener, legal documents, etc.
  • Arrange to have your utilities turned on before you get to your new place, such as your telephone, gas and electricity, heat, cable and television, water, etc.
  • Have a folder with school records, birth certificates, medical records, transfer papers, dental records, etc.
  • A box that contains all the necessary hygiene items for the first day in your new home.
  • Pack an old phone book to take with you to your new place. This is something that most individuals moving overlook, and something that will come in handy when you need a number from the old place.
  • A list of things to take care of once you arrive – get a new driver’s licence, have your vehicle papers transferred, renew or get new insurance, etc.
  • Make a list of all emergency numbers like the police station, hospital, poison control centre, fire station, social services, doctor’s office, veterinarian, etc.

The main thing is to get prepared – because with preparation you will have a smooth move.

For an experienced and skilled local and interstate relocation company based in Sydney, contact Removalists Sydney Co and things will be even smoother 🙂


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