The average Western Australian moves 11.7 times in their lifetime, according to the Australian Census Bureau – that’s a lot of moving. And with all that moving, there comes an avalanche of planning in the form of hundreds of pertinent decisions that must be made. But between selling your house/ending your lease and figuring how everything is going to go in your new situation, a lot of the small details get overlooked.
Moving is stressful – but it shouldn’t have to be, particularly when half of us are doing it almost 12 times over the span of our years. And with Emmanuel Transport handling your actual move, it won’t be. But that doesn’t mean that you are totally off the hook – here are 10 things to do before you move.
1. Formulate A Flight Plan
Unless you’re extremely detail-oriented, there’s a good chance the floor plan of your new place isn’t going to resemble the layout of your old home. As such, it will behoove you to strategize just how everything needs to be boxed in order to be effectively moved. Try and arrange your packing so that it translates over efficiently to your new arrangement. Go room by room and itemize what the major items are for each room and put them in list format – even the large items. While it’s unlikely that you’d forget to move your TV, it’s less unusual that you forget the remote control. Listing your television prompts the associative memory for you to remember your remote – just as how writing “jewelry box” will hopefully remind you to pack any hidden valuables you’ve stashed around the house.
2. Communicate With the Movers
Do a walk through with your moving company before the actual day of the move. This allows them to formulate their own game plan as to how to maximize their ability to effectively aid in your move. If you don’t have time to do a walkthrough, gather some of the measurements of your bigger items so you can let them know what they need to do to make your moving day as stress-free as possible. Size out your furniture, dressers and tables and know what needs to be where in your new place so that items can be loaded and unloaded accordingly.
3. Be Smart With Your Packing
Think of your packing scheme as a handy list running in sequential order – start with the less-necessary stuff first and get to the most important things last. The everyday items, stuff like toiletries or regular clothing are the things you’ll pack last because you’ll use them right up until you move. Therefore start with the non-essentials – of course if they’re really nonessential, have a yard sale or donate them to charity – everything else goes in a box. Do the same thing with your food: plan your menus on your final days accordingly so you end up having to move with less canned goods and perishables.
4. Consider Your Outstanding Items
Before relocating your entire existence from Perth out to Wellard, take a moment to ensure you’ve taken stock of your outstanding items. Did you pick up everything at the cleaners? Is your vacuum at the repair shop? Don’t deal with the hassle of a trip back into the city because you forgot your favorite cake pan in the cupboard of your former church. Now, not later is the time to remember where everything you’ve ever lent out is – and get it back.
5. Notify Utilities and Correspondences
The likelihood is that your friends know you’re moving, your power company doesn’t. Update all utilities and casual acquaintances as to your upcoming move so your basic living needs are dealt with and important communications don’t get missed. Contact the mail service and systematically begin altering your connections so that they can be reestablished in your new location without your missing a beat.
6. Complete Your Neighborhood Bucket List
Before you can start your new life in a new city, you need to properly close the book on your old neighborhood. If there are any restaurants you’ve wanted to try, now is your last chance. Hit up your favorite barbershop one last time, visit some store you always considered walking in and take pictures of your old cherished haunts. In short, stop and smell the roses: while you’re going to be creating a wealth of new memories in your new home, it never hurts to have a few solid memories of your old life.
7. Color Code Your Boxes
With so many boxes to be moved, simple labels aren’t going to translate well – plus your penmanship with markers leaves much to be desired. Eliminate issues with a pack of colored stickers: “red” means “dining room,” “yellow” means “kitchen,” “blue” means “bathroom,” etc. Simplifying the mechanics of the move will simplify the entire process.
8. Remember Pet Records
While your medical records have largely been translated into digital format, your pet’s information isn’t likely so transferable. Make sure that all your pet info – immunizations, licenses and tag paperwork are kept together for easy location after the move.
9. Defrost the Refrigerator
In the likely event that you’re abandoning your old refrigerator for some future occupant, you’ll want to render the icebox and fridge as sanitary as possible. This means unplugging the unit 24-48 hours before you vacate your old dwelling. Of course, if you do decide to take the fridge, the same rule of thumb applies. Help out the movers by getting the freezer and fridge as move-ready as possible by defrosting them so nothing leaks out during transport.
10. Write Down Your New Address
One of the most common issues people who are moving encounter is that they forget their new address. Chances are that you’ve memorized its location if you’ve been by there to visit enough times, but with all the other numbers and details running through your head, it’s easy to forget if it was 4768 Pine St. or 4687 Plum St. The folks currently living at 4768 Pine St. are going to be in for a mighty big shock when your kids run into their house and start picking which room is going to be theirs…