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Moving House Checklist – Plan Your Relocation

Developing a moving house checklist is  a significant task to making your move successful. Working with your local, international or interstate removalists to compile a moving house checklist will assist you better manage the tasks that have to be undertaken. Significantly, being well prepared will ensure that on your moving day you will not be under undue stress and hence forget things .

The first step when planning a relocation is to build a thorough list of things to do and think about as you get closer to move day. By doing this you can keep a sense of perspective on the tasks that lie ahead.  

Information for removalists: 

Prior to contacting removalists, establishing a list of belongings to be moved and noting key relocation details will assist when arranging removalist quotes. They will require details including: 

  • Content details of your origin and destination .
  • Pickup and delivery addresses – are there any details specific to the location such as lifts, stairs that will need to be used. Importantly, if you require a lift, will you need to book it beforehand? Are your pickup and delivery locations on a main road with parking restrictions ?
  • Will you require short or long term storage of your goods while you are arranging your new residence?
  • Removalists will require an inventory of the goods that you want to relocate. This will ensure firstly the accuracy of your quotation and secondly that you don’t include any “dangerous goods” which are prohibited from transportation.
  • Providing your preferred moving dates will give your removalists time to prepare resources. If you are moving overseas, sea and airfreight bookings will need to be made early .
  • Any special requirements you may have for high value belongings. Antiques and paintings may need special packing or even purpose built crates. This will ensure safe transit.
  • Whether you require your goods to be professionally packed and unpacked or you intend to pack yourself. Your removalists can advise you on the best ways of packing. However remember that transit insurance is limited for items deemed as “packed by owner”.
  • If you want to complete your own packing the removalists will be able to advise you on the number and type of removalists boxes you will need.

There are many things to consider. These useful moving tips will help you save time and be free of headaches.

Change of Address – Changing your address is quite easy, but oftentimes some important contacts are forgotten. If you think about all the people and companies that you are in contact with the list can be quite large. Besides your friends there are other contacts that are often missed. These include:

  • The post office will need to know your new address to redirect your mail for a period of time after your move. It is not possible to tell everyone about your relocation so this helps you contact those people that you may have forgotten.
  • Financial institutions not only include your bank but also superannuation funds, investment advisors and any other organisation that you might have financial interests in.
  • The taxation authorities will need to know your new address. However, if you are moving overseas confirm with your tax advisor what requirements you have in relation to your tax.
  • Your insurance companies, home, contents, car, boat and health are important factors in your personal asset protection. A change in address might affect your policies and rather than assuming everything will continue, it is best not to ignore any of these. Forgetting some of these can be easy, particularly these days with direct debit on insurance premiums.
  • Family healthcare – Telling your health professionals is one thing, but you should also obtain all of your medical records. Having your health history will benefit your new physician, dentist, pharmacist, physiotherapist and other health services you may need.

Utility Services – Stopping utility services such as electricity, gas, water, telephone, cable TV, internet, pool services, newspaper delivery and garden maintenance will ensure that you do not incur further costs after you have vacated your home. What’s more, make sure that these services are already connected at your new home . If you are moving within your own country some services such as cable TV and internet subscriptions can be transferred.

Planning ahead will relieve the pressure on packing day and ensure that you are not hurrying and run the risk of forgetting important tasks.

About the author

Sherry Fields Sherry Fields has been working in real estate since 2002. Working with the development team for the Hilton Garden Inn gave her strategic information on the commercial real estate market in Missoula. Broadening her scope she moved into the residential market and earned the designation SFR in short sales and foreclosures. Currently affiliated with Prudential Montana Real Estate, she works with both buyers and sellers "building relationships so you can buy & sell with confidence". Sherry Fields has recently earned the CREN designation - Certified Real Estate Negotiator. While price is a large part of negotiation - it is also about timing everything from the closing date to inspections, appraisals, home insurance - and it is about negotiating items that can show up in home inspections to achieve a mutually acceptable outcome.

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