The Helpful Guide to Moving Long Distances
If you are reading this guide then you are more than likely ramping up for an upcoming move. You are probably experiencing a mixture of emotions, ranging from excitement and happiness to anxiety and fear—not to mention that you may be feeling overwhelmed with having to plan out all of the nuances of your move and actually pack up your belongings as well.
What we hope to accomplish in this moving help guide is to cover some common topics that are related to moving long distances, and locally as well, and in doing so we hope to quell some of your anxieties about what to expect from your upcoming move. We intend to show you tips and tricks in order to keep costs down for your move, and we also layout in great detail the benefits of using different moving services or completing a move on your own.
Beyond this we also give you practical advice for how to go about packing up your home and the best way to move in and out of your house. We have covered all of the bases for you and done the research so that you don’t have to. When it comes to dealing with a move you should only have to focus on what is important and not have to spend hours sifting through different websites to find out information. So we have collected all of that for you. With that we now present to you your one-stop shop for moving help.
After extensive research on the topic, as well as experiencing numerous moves ourselves we have discovered that the following topics are what most people need to know in order to have a successful move. This part of the guide offers an overview of each of the following topics and then we drill down further into each subject, giving you practical and applicable advice. We have come to believe that by educating yourself on the different aspects of a move you can eliminate a lot of the unknown variables and therefore make better decisions.
However, not only will you be able to make better decision once you have an understanding of all of the aspects of a move but you will also be able eliminate some of the anxieties that derive from feeling like you are in over your head or there is too much on your plate to handle
Movinghouse Check List
4-6 Weeks to Moving Day
Organise Contents and Household Insurance for your new home.
Notify Electoral Office of your new address. Also Drivers Licence and Car Registration.
Complete a floor plan of your new home for furniture placement and measure the spaces to ensure your furniture will fit, particularly the fridge. Will large items fit through doors?
Prepare an inventory of everything you own, noting any scratches or dents.
Make a note of any precious items that require special care to move.
Dispose of everything that you don’t need.
Check any moving instructions for your washing machine with the manufacturer.
In the kitchen, use up all opened packets and dispose of goods past their use-by date.
Start to use up all food in the freezer.
Remember to sort through the garage, garden shed etc., under the house.
Gas cylinders and air bottles should be empty with valves open, dispose of all flammable liquids. (Garden chemicals, paint, paint thinners, cleaning fluids, bleach, fuel, aerosols of any kind etc.)
Create a folder for all your moving documents.
Arrange to have your mail held or redirected to your new address.
Arrange School, Pre-School, Day-Care transfers.
Redirect or cancel newspaper and other subscriptions.
If travelling….organise passports, tickets, visas, currency, credit cards, accommodation.
Return borrowed or rented items.
Arrange a rubbish pick-up with the local Council.
Confirm with lawyers/Real Estate Agents key collection time and Settlement date as this will determine your moving day.
Plan to carry yourself important legal documents and jewellery.
Pre-plan and schedule any necessary repairs required.
Research storage facilities if needed.
Obtain family and pet medical records. Also dental and school records.
If leasing, arrange property inspection and book cleaners.
Transfer and set up utilities at your new address.
Review home and contents/car insurance
Book our highly skilled and professional, friendly team of packers and unpackers to assist you when moving
If Packing Yourself
Arrange carton and packing materials delivery (labels, bubble wrap, tape, markers, paper) with your Removalist or storage company.
Use clean white butcher’s paper, not newspaper as it soils items.
Label every carton clearly, on the tape, as to contents and its room destination.
Prepare an inventory list of each carton. Mark clearly FRAGILE. Note all dents and scratches.
Pack lighter items in large cartons, heavier items in small cartons, heavier items on bottom.
Dismantle furniture that comes apart – remember to tape screws in an obvious location or label and place in an ESSENTIALS carton with TV, Foxtel, sound system remote controls, bed legs, shelf supports, keys to furniture cabinets and manufacturers instructions for reassembly of items.
Prepare a SURVIVAL KIT (LOAD LAST) with kettle, tea and coffee, breakfast requirements, special childrens toys, school needs, pet requirements (especially leads), bathroom necessities, telephone handset, medications, snacks, corkscrew, spare light globes, scissors, tools, toilet paper.
Consider taking very sentimental and personal items with you in your car.
2-3 Weeks to Moving Day
Return all library books, DVD’s etc.
Arrange for family and friends to mind children & pets on moving day.
Arrange transfer of bank accounts, internet, telephone, gas, electricity connections.
Arrange move of boat, trailer.
Fill prescriptions needed the week before and after the move.
Service your car, drain the lawnmower.
Arrange final readings of gas and electricity meters, remove batteries.
Discontinue any delivery services, newspapers, automated payment plans and local memberships. Collect dry cleaning.
Book a locksmith to change the keys on moving day at your new home.
Arrange time off work on moving day.
Ensure new home will be thoroughly cleaned, oven cleaned, carpet steam cleaned before your move and original home after your move.
Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
This means that people looking to move home will be able to both continue with planned moves and view new properties to move into in future. Estate and lettings agents, removers, valuers and people in sales and lettings offices and show homes will be able to continue working.
This guidance provides important public health information to ensure that moving home and related activities, such as viewing property, can happen safely. It also applies to custom and self-builders looking to acquire a plot or a property to renovate or demolish.
One of the simplest steps you can take when moving home is to wash your hands frequently and keep as much distance as possible from other people who are not members of your household. Ensure you follow the latest guidance on practical steps to reduce transmission
and maintain a 2 metre distance apart where possible. It may also be a good idea to take extra precautions when in close contact with others, such as wearing a face covering. There are also certain situations in which you must wear a face covering, as described below.
The process of searching for and moving into a new home is different at the moment because property agents, conveyancers and other professionals have modified how they work to reduce the risk from COVID-19. These changes could include doing more online, such as offering virtual viewings; vacating your current property during viewings; and ensuring your property is thoroughly cleaned before someone else moves in.
Home moving guide
Your moving survey
who will answer any initial questions you have and book a survey with you to evaluate the contents of your move. You can choose either a home or video survey. During a home survey, a Consultant will visit your current property to assess and measure all your belongings and identify wrapping and packing requirements. The visit should last no more than an hour.
Video surveys are typically quicker than a traditional home survey. The Consultant will carry out your survey virtually using a downloadable app and the camera on your smartphone or tablet device. Your Move Consultant will ask you to identify fragile or high value items so we can give the best recommendations for packing materials and procedures. It is important to give as much information as you can so we can provide you with an accurate quotation.
Introducing your personal Move Manager
During the booking process, we will appoint a personal Move Manager as your main contact throughout your move. Advice is always available and your Move Manager will ensure that everything you requested is in your move plan and that every aspect of your move proceeds as you planned.
Your personal move plan
Your move plan is tailored to suit your individual needs and will be included with your quotation and acceptance form. The move plan contains all the details, dates and timings of your move.
It is important to check the following information as soon as you receive it:
Timescales of the move
Collection and delivery addresses
Our services (Including any items not to be moved)
Storage (if applicable)
A Guide to Choosing the Best Moving Company
tasked with handling all of the hassles that come with moving from one home to another. And as a result, a lot of consumers have been turning to these companies to handle their relations. For this reason, it is essential that you carefully research the companies you choose.
The type of services a moving company provides can determine if you are getting a good deal or not. If a moving company is very cheap but offers shoddy service, then they are being unfair. In order to get the best service for your moving needs, you need to do your homework and understand how these companies operate.
If you are moving to a new home and are looking at the city map, make sure you find the offices near your new location. A lot of moving companies have their headquarters in larger cities, so their locations will be a consideration when choosing one.
One of the things that a moving company will ask you for is your Social Security number. If you are not American, you are not going to be able to move within the United States. Having a social security number will help ensure that you will be able to move without having a problem moving through the country if you decide to go through with the move. If you are an American citizen, the social security number should not be required at the time of your initial move.