Relocation Tips

(Article by Lisa H)

Relocating home can be pretty daunting. Besides having to deal with the logistical details that come with moving, you have to face the uncertainty of a new environment and take time to settle in. Here is a simple guide that will help you with the build-up to the big move.

A Month Before:

  1. Clean your wardrobes, shelves the garage and all other areas of your house. Get rid of anything you don’t need instead of carting it off to the new place with you. Consider donating unwanted items to charity or gifting them to friends.
  2. If you have any security or rental deposits owed, collect them – they could help with the relocation fees.
  3. Make a thorough list of items that will be going with you, including plants!
  4. If you’re relocating long haul, use up your food since frozen food can’t be shipped safely. 
  5. Check your homeowner’s insurance and arrange to renew or move your policy.
  6. Finally, set a date for moving!

A Couple Weeks Before:

  1. Confirm your moving date and contact the local municipality to arrange a date for lights and water to be transferred into your name. If you need a landline, contact your preferred company to confirm an installation. 
  2. If you have been renting property, make sure you notify your landlord of your move.
  3. Discontinue any services you have had at your current home like newspaper delivery or sanitation services.
  4. If you’re moving out of the area completely, contact your doctors in order to transfer medical records and get any prescriptions you may have. 

A Week Before:

  1. Keep detailed receipts and records of your moving expenses and try to stick to your budget.
  2. Drain petrol from lawnmowers and power tools in order to transport them safely.
  3. Consider preparing a “safety box” of things that should be last on and first off the moving truck. Remember to include essentials like kitchen and bathroom things, and maybe even First Aid supplies. You might need a hammer, nails and screwdriver too.
  4. Defrost and clean out your fridge and freezer.
  5. To make things easy for your first day in your new home, place pillows and linen in dresser draws to have them on hand and place curtains lengthwise on hangers and hang in a protective bag or moveable cupboard.

The Day Before:

  1. If you’ve opted for a moving company that helps you pack, they will usually arrive the day before the big move. Make sure you are available for their arrival and to supervise packing. Pack valuables on your own.
  2. Take care of fragile items and label each box with contents and location in the new house.
  3. Collect your new house keys and arrange to leave the old house keys with a landlord, new owner or estate agent.

On The Day:

  1. The first thing you should do on moving day is compare the mover’s inventory with your records and agree on the condition of your goods before they are loaded onto the truck. If you like, take photographs for evidence in the event that a dispute arises. Get a copy of the inventory list.
  2. Do a last minute check of every room and cupboard before the truck leaves. Make sure that the geyser is shut off, lights are switched off and windows are closed.
  3. Confirm directions to your new house with the truck driver and make sure you have the driver’s name and contact number.
  4. If at all possible, arrive at the new location before the movers so that you can supervise from the get-go.
  5. Contact utility companies to confirm service dates.
  6. Turn on the geyser, check the lights and make sure everything is in working order.
  7. Check the condition of each of your boxes and items as they are offloaded and check everything against the inventory list. 
  8. Plug in appliances like televisions, fridges, microwaves and freezers and give them a chance to adjust to room temperature before turning them on.

Once you’ve settled into your new home and have recovered from the relocation, get to know the neighbors, settle the children and enjoy your new home!

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