Published on Saturday, 26 May 2012
There are many reasons why families choose to move. Job transfers, downgrading of expenses, additional family members, wanting to start afresh somewhere else - these are just a few reasons why you may find the need to move from your existing house to a new home. Whatever the reason is behind the move, what's important is to make the transition as smooth as possible. The good news is that there are plenty of removals companies these days that can help you out. Some offer only the main moving services, while others offer everything from professional packing to unpacking services.
Steps to Follow when Moving
Instead of being stressed out during the moving experience, consider it an opportunity for you to test your organizational skills. To get started, here are a few steps that you can follow during a move.
1. Hire a reliable removals company.
There are two options that you can choose from when hiring people to help you out during a move. First, you can go with a big removals company who have the proper equipment to haul even large furniture pieces from point A to point B. Second, you can hire a man-and-van service provider. They usually have just the driver and maybe one or two movers. They usually offer personalized service, although they may not be able to handle large-sized moves. ++
No matter which of these two you end up hiring, what's important is to do your research so that you can determine the removal company's reliability. Check if there are additional charges that you may get billed with at the end of the move, ask what happens in case your things get damaged during the move, and check whether they offer professional packing and unpacking services if this is something that you require.
2. Organize the things to bring with you during the relocation.
Set aside a box which you can open first once you are already at the new house. This should include the things that you will need for daily living for about a week, so that you would not have to rummage through all the boxes when you need something. Separate your things into piles which you will bring to the new house; items to recycle; items to donate; and items which you can maybe make money from by selling at a garage sale.
3. Make a checklist of the tasks that you need to do prior to the move.
As soon as the move date is finalized, make a list of the tasks that you need to accomplish to make the transition go smoothly.
4. Notify people and companies about your change of address.
Give your new address to friends and family, the post office, your bank, etc. Also, make arrangements to cut off your utilities and subscriptions on the date that you will move out so you won't have to pay for services that you will not be using anymore.
Moving need not be a traumatic, chaotic experience. As long as you carefully choose which removals company to go with and by making a list of the tasks that you need to accomplish, you can make the transition from one address to another go as smooth as possible.
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