Are you organizing a big move? Don’t worry, you don’t have to face this daunting task alone. We’ve put together the ultimate home removal checklist so that you can make your move stress-free. With our simple tips, you can easily navigate the pre-move chaos and make sure nothing is forgotten!
1. Hiring Professional Movers
If you are planning to use professional movers, research your options thoroughly. Make sure to get multiple quotes and read reviews from other customers. Ask the moving company questions such as whether they perform background checks on their employees, how much insurance coverage your move has, how long they have been in business, and what steps they take to protect furniture during the move.
Remember it’s important to plan ahead when you’re hiring a Removals company London– book several weeks in advance if possible. It’s also important to be transparent with the moving company so that they can provide an accurate estimate for the work. This will help avoid hidden fees or worse – substandard service! Additionally, make sure that you have your household items inventoried before the move so that everyone is on the same page about what exactly is being moved.
2. Planning Your Move
Before you start packing, make sure you have everything you need and a clear idea of how the move should progress. Here are some tips to help:
Create an Inventory – making a detailed inventory of your belongings can help you stay organized not only during the packing process but afterward when trying to locate items in your new home.
Develop a Timeline – this will help make sure everyone involved in the move stays on task – from packing through cleaning to setting up utilities in your new home. Determine tasks that need to be completed at each stage of the move and timeline them out.
Notify Relevant Parties – arranging for forwarding addresses can be conveniently done online but don’t forget about other important contacts like employers, physicians, banks/financial institutions, schools/daycare centers, and subscription services such as streaming media companies or grocery delivery services. You don’t want any urgent matters or surprises going unnoticed because they went to an address that no longer belongs to you!
Packing is one of the most important steps in a successful move and can take time, so it’s important to start early. Here’s a checklist to help you get the job done:
- Make a packing plan: When will you pack each room, what supplies do you need and who can help? Assign tasks or make yourself responsible for certain areas, like the kitchen or bedrooms.
- Gather supplies: Stock up on packing materials like boxes and tape, or if needed, rent plastic bins from your local moving company. Make sure all special items are packed separately from overflow items.
- Pack fragile items separately: Use newsprint or bubble wrap for breakables. Make sure these boxes are clearly labeled with “FRAGILE” in big, bold letters on all sides of the box.
- Disassemble furniture: Take apart beds and remove drawers from dressers so these pieces will be easier to move. Items like lamps should also be taken apart whenever possible before packing them away.
- Categorize your belongings: Keep track of what lies inside each box so unpacking is easy later on — even if you don’t remember where everything was stored! It also helps to note down its original location in your home as it can be useful when talking with movers about where things should go in the new home.
- Mark heavy boxes correctly: Clearly label each box that contains heavy objects as “HEAVY.” Not only will this ensure proper handling of your belongings but it aids in preventing strain injuries for movers and other individuals who are helping out around your move-out day.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack the essentials first. Start with the kitchen and bathroom, since these areas need to be livable first of all. Make sure everything you need is unpacked and in the right place so that it’s easy to find them when you need them.
This would include getting any utilities such as water, gas, and electricity hooked up too. You may even want to consider setting up Wi-Fi service if it isn’t already installed in your new household.
After that’s done, it’s time to focus on the other rooms of your home:
- Living room: Unpack furniture and then place decorations or photos on the walls; hang window treatments; connect electronics; store books neatly on shelves and assemble media stations for TV or sound systems.
- Bedroom: Put together furniture and set up beds; attach mirrors and hang decorations; set up dressers or cubbies for storage items.
- Kids’ rooms/guest rooms: Unpack furniture including storage pieces like toy boxes; organize closets if they are being used as a dresser or toy chest; hang shelves if needed at this point.
- Office space: Set up desks, counters, and task chairs (if needed); arrange filing cabinets or bookshelves; connect appropriate electronic devices such as printers or scanners if needed.
When the big day finally arrives, it’s best to be prepared. Once you finish packing your belongings, move everything into the moving van. Remember to load heavy objects first. Then, make sure your valuable items and belongings are secured in the van by using padding or straps.
It’s a good idea to have an inventory of items you moved with you before you hand them off to your movers. It is likely that they will ask for an itemized list when they arrive at your new home. Finally, when you arrive at your new place, remember to check each box and piece of furniture for damage.
As a wrap-up for this removal checklist, be sure that any important paperwork is readily available just in case there are delays with permits or paperwork needed at the new place. When all else is said and done, sit back and enjoy all of your hard work!