Helpful Advice to Consider Before, During, and After Your Big Move

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  • Before the Move
  • During the Move
  • After the Move

Are you gearing up for a move? Whether you’re relocating across town or across the country, proper planning and organisation can make all the difference.

Here’s helpful advice to consider before, during, and after your big move.

Before the Move

  • Create a Moving Timeline: Plot out key tasks and deadlines leading up to your move, such as packing, hiring movers, and notifying utilities. This will keep you on track and minimise last-minute scrambles.
  • Declutter and Organise: Take the opportunity to declutter your belongings before packing. Sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or discard. Donate or discard items you no longer need to lighten your load. Start this process well in advance to avoid last-minute stress.
  • Gather Packing Supplies: Stock up on sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, and markers for labelling. Make sure you have all the necessary packing materials on hand.
  • Pack Strategically: Begin packing non-essential items early, starting with items you use infrequently. Pack room by room, labelling each box with its contents and destination room.
  • Notify Important Parties: Inform utility companies, banks, insurance providers, and relevant institutions about your upcoming move. Also, update your address with any subscriptions or services.
  • Plan for Pets and Plants: Arrange for pet care or transportation and ensure your plants are properly packed and transported.
  • Prepare Essential Items: Pack a “first-night” box with essential items like toiletries, medications, a change of clothes, and important documents you’ll need immediately upon arrival at your new home.

During the Move

  • Supervise the Loading Process: If using professional movers, oversee the loading process to ensure items are handled with care and labeled correctly.
  • Communicate with Movers: Provide clear instructions to movers regarding fragile items, special handling requirements, and placement of boxes in the new home.
  • Inspect Property Before Leaving: Before departing, double-check each room to ensure nothing is left behind. Make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked.
  • Stay Accessible: Be available to address any questions or concerns that may arise during the move, whether you’re coordinating with movers or assisting friends and family.
  • Take Inventory: Keep track of your belongings as they’re loaded onto the moving truck to ensure everything arrives safely at your new home.

After the Move

  • Unpack Essentials First: Start by unpacking your first-night box and essential items. Then prioritise unpacking based on necessity and room function.
  • Set Up Utilities and Services: Arrange for utilities to be connected at your new home if not done already. Also, set up internet, cable, and any other essential services.
  • Inspect Deliveries and Furniture: Check furniture and delivered items for damage or missing parts. Take photos of any damages for insurance purposes.
  • Update Address and Contacts: Update your address with banks, credit card companies, government agencies, and any other relevant parties. Also, notify friends and family of your new address.
  • Explore Your New Neighbourhood: Take some time to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings, locate essential services, and explore nearby amenities.
  • Dispose of Packing Materials: Recycle or dispose of packing materials responsibly to declutter your new space.
  • Take Time to Settle In: Moving can be exhausting, so don’t rush the process. Take breaks, prioritise self-care, and allow yourself time to adjust to your new home.

In Closing

By following these guidelines, you can ensure a smoother transition before, during, and after your move, making the experience less stressful and more manageable.

NOTE: This article was originally published on August 23, 2021, but has been updated on May 13, 2024, to reflect new information and best practices.

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