Moving guide and checklist: how to make your move stress-free

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Moving from one home to the next can be both a rewarding and daunting experience. Maybe you just bought your own home or need more space for a bigger family. Either way, relocating is a big decision that requires plenty of planning and decision making.

It’s best to keep a checklist of everything you need to prepare before moving to make the experience as seamless and hassle-free as possible. Below are some things you need to decide and plan for as you move to your brand new home.


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But first! A few tips:
  • Get yourself a ‘moving journal,’ which you can use to document everything related to your move.
  • Organise yourselves by making a timeline of when you want everything done.

Factors to consider when choosing your next home

So you’ve decided to move out but have yet to pick your new place. Some of the factors you need to consider when choosing your next home include price, size, and location. These three co-exist in the journey of house hunting and require plenty of research.


Price 

Selecting a home that suits your budget should be one of your primary considerations. Here are a few questions that might help you narrow down your choices:

  • Are you looking for a cheaper place?
  • How much are you willing to shell out for monthly rental?
  • Do you have enough money to cover your rental bond?
  • Do you need to apply for a mortgage before buying a house? 


Size 

How much space do you need? Are you sizing up or down your home? How many rooms do you need for the kids? Do you need a yard for your pet? Will your antique mahogany table fit in your dining room? These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself when looking for a new home, especially if you’re going through a lifestyle change.

If possible, it’s best to go physical house-hunting to get an idea of what your options look like inside and out. Remember, the larger the size of the house, the more you’ll have to spend on utilities and maintenance.


Location

Where you plan on moving requires a systematic process and usually involves specific circumstances:

  • Do you plan on moving closer to work? 
  • Are the houses on the other side of town cheaper? 
  • Do you want a home that is accessible to public transport? 
  • Does this neighbourhood provide a safe community to raise your kids?

Location is everything in choosing a home since it affects a myriad of factors for yourself and your family in the long run.


Hat tips:
  • Spend some time researching your new area so that you’re all set to start living there once the packing and unpacking frenzy is over.
  • Schools and related facilities are likely to be your top priority if you have children. But even just finding out where your local Boots or the closest gym play a part in helping you feel more at home.

Packing up and coordinating

The earlier you start sorting out your belongings and talking with concerned parties, the easier your move will be. Prepare your packing materials and start decluttering as early as six weeks. Choose which items you’d like to take with you and the ones you’re ready to let go of. Make sure that the things you’ll bring with you will fit in your new home.


Hat tip:
Sort through your belongings with a “keep” or “toss” pile. Labelling and colour-coding can also come in handy to easily identify which is which.


Inform your internet, water, gas, and electricity provider for utility transfer. Note down your last few payments. You can even take a photo of your utility meters before leaving your old home and arriving in your new one.

Lastly, get a quote from your removalists (if you’re hiring) and coordinate arrangements with your agent or landlord weeks before moving day.


Just a few more things:
  • Organise parking for the removal vans at both addresses.
  • Work out the travel route to your new home.
  • Find storage facilities if needed. Try asking your removalist who may be able to recommend some.

Getting the paperwork sorted

Go over your paperwork with your agent. Make sure to read the fine print and ask all the questions you’d like answers to. Once you’ve sorted out all your documents, have them stamped by local authorities. It also helps to have photocopies just in case.


Hat tips:
  • Make sure your insurance is sorted for your new home.
  • Cancel any local services that you’ll no longer be able to use.

Cleaning and fixing up

Most landlords would want you to leave the same way you came into their units—to a bare and clean home. On moving day, try to keep your home tidy. You can even book an end of tenancy cleaning service for good measure. Don’t forget to clear up your refrigerator and get waste disposal help if you need to rid of perishables and other household waste.

Check all your fixtures, sockets, and walls. If there’s anything that needs to be repainted or repaired, do so before you leave. You can even hire a professional to do it for you. 

Most importantly, keep all your valuables and important and sensitive documents close to you at all times. 

Moving time

After coordinating with your removalist, it’s time to get going to your brand new abode! Inform them which items are fragile and need careful handling, and try to let them know in advance where boxes will go in your new home (if they’re labelled, it should be easy).

Turn off your gas, faucets, and lights, unplug all appliances, lock up the windows and doors, and hand over your keys to your landlord or new tenant. Last but not least, take the time to say goodbye to your old home.

Unpacking and settling in

Once you’ve unloaded and brought all your boxes into your new home, take note of the entire house’s appearance and state. Are there cracks on the walls? Faulty utilities? Leaks in the pipes? You can take photos of any damaged areas and bring them up with your landlord.

Gradually unpack and assemble your furniture. Get a friend to help you or hire an assembly expert to ease up the stress of fixing up your entire home.

Finally, notify friends, family, banks, your post office, and any other services and utility companies of your change of address.

More moving tips

The big plan is pretty much sorted out, but you’ve still got some things on your mind before leaving. Below are tips you can use in the process of moving to your new home.


Pack before estimating

Once your items are all packed and ready to go, it’s time to inform your removalist how much they actually need to transfer. If you can pack as early as a couple of weeks, this will yield a more accurate quote. Packing up before hiring movers gives a better estimate of how much they’ll charge you and saves you any unexpected last-minute costs.


Disassemble your furniture in advance

You’d think it’d be a breeze dismantling your queen-sized bed. Think again and ahead by measuring and disassembling large furniture that doesn’t fit on the way out the doorway in advance. It doesn’t just save time but stress as well! To keep things more organised, store bobs and screws in ziplock bags labelled with which furniture it matches.


Let things go

During the decluttering phase, it’s time to decide which items you are keeping or letting go of. Select the ones you’d like to keep—and can fit—into your new home, and separate the ones you’d like to give away, dispose of, or even sell. You’re not just making more room but earning a little cash, too!


Board your pet

Moving is hard enough but put a dog or cat in the mix, and things can get tricky. Instead of bringing your pets right on moving day, board them in a kennel or cattery for a few nights until you’ve settled enough in your new home. You’ll have time to arrange your house and make it homey for your furry friend’s grand arrival.


Pack a survival kit

Your first few nights in your new home can get pretty chaotic. To avoid living out of boxes, pack a bag with all your essentials for a good week. This includes clothes, gadgets, toiletries, beddings, towels, milk, coffee, tea, toilet paper, water, a kettle, cups, medicine, and snacks. It’s easily accessible and stops you from going through all your stuff and making a big mess.

So there you have it—the key to a successful move is a solid plan. Make use of this moving checklist, so you don’t miss anything on the way to your new home.

Aside from booking removalists, Airtasker can help you tick off these checkboxes. Whether you need painters to polish up your walls, packers to help wrap fragile items, or handypersons to cover wall mounting holes, we’ve got you covered!

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Some of the things you might want to leave behind are bulky and worn-down furniture that can take up plenty of storage space. You can also do without small appliances that you no longer use, as well as old dishware and mismatched or duplicate cutlery. If you have a lot of old clothing, pillows and curtains, consider donating them instead of disposing of them entirely.
Typically for a move, you’ll need moving boxes (size and quantity will depend on how many items you have and how big or small they are), packing paper, bubble cushion wrap, Styrofoam packing peanuts, and packing foam. You may also want to keep several marker pens in handy for labelling purposes and basic tools like scissors and packing tape.
Some of the things you might want to leave behind are bulky and worn-down furniture that can take up plenty of storage space. You can also do without small appliances that you no longer use, as well as old dishware and mismatched or duplicate cutlery. If you have a lot of old clothing, pillows and curtains, consider donating them instead of disposing of them entirely.
Typically for a move, you’ll need moving boxes (size and quantity will depend on how many items you have and how big or small they are), packing paper, bubble cushion wrap, Styrofoam packing peanuts, and packing foam. You may also want to keep several marker pens in handy for labelling purposes and basic tools like scissors and packing tape.

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