How to Prepare for Your Move
Your impending move should not make you too anxious. The secret to a more relaxed removal is planning. You should also start preparing for the move early so you would not have to hurry too much.
You need to list down everything you need to do so you will not forget anything later on. Then you also have to inspect and sort which things you will bring and which things you will not need anymore. This will give you an idea on how much packing materials are needed. Remember that it's better to have extra than to have to little of packing materials at the last minute. To save some money though, you can ask for cardboard boxes at your local grocery stores or from friends who have just recently moved. You can also buy used moving boxes online or find the best deals on the Internet.
If you decide to hire a removals company or to rent a van, you have to book it as early as a month before the move. But search earlier than that so you can compare quotes and get the best deals. It will also give you time to research the company you are entrusting your things to. Doing it early would also help you adjust your moving date in order to get the best rate.
Of course, packing should be started early as well so you will be able to finish packing in time for your move. By doing so, you will be less stressed and your move will have better chances of going smoothly as possible.
Week By Week Move Planning Guide.
6-8 Weeks before your move:
• Organisation is vital to enable a smooth running move and this is the key time to start piecing together the details of your move.
•This is the best time to decide which items you wish to transport to your new home. If you decide to dispose of any items you don’t need, you can either donate them to a charity or hold a garage sale. Contact a local charity or pick a date at least two weeks before your moving date to hold the garage sale. Advertise the garage sale in your local area. Perhaps team up with your neighbours who are looking to sell some old items, and plan a large neighbourhood sale.
•If you are planning to pack your belongings yourself, start collecting suitable moving and packing supplies. Make sure any boxes are strong and sturdy as they may create some difficulties once packed in the van also try and find boxes of similar sizes so they can be stacked neatly and safely.
•Consider the layout of your new home and create a floor plan noting where you would like to place your furniture. This can prevent any stress when it comes to making a decision once your furniture arrives at your new home.
•Familiarise yourself with your new community and area. Try and find out any information on local schools, community programs, parks, and facilities from your local council.
• Organize any necessary travel arrangements for your family in advance (hotel, flights, car rental, etc). Try to keep your plans as flexible as possible to accommodate any changes or delays.
• Keep hold of all receipts for moving related expenses in a separate moving folder. Several moving expenses are tax deductible. Contact your local tax office to obtain any relevant forms.
• Finalise all real estate and rental issues.
• Contact your insurance company in advance to transfer any medical, property, fire and car insurance details.
•All medical and dental records should be placed in a safe and accessible place. Make sure you include prescriptions, vaccination records, and eyewear specifications.
• If you have any important documents, such as wills, stock certificates, and other important or valuable items (jewellery, photos etc), make sure these are sorted in advance and put in a secure place.