Moving house is the intro for the next chapter in your life story, but it can be a mightily tricky affair if not planned and executed with due care and attention to detail. Before you pack your gear and cart it off to your new residence, pause for a second to make a checklist of all the pre-move tasks which you’ll need to tend to during the transition period. Or, better yet, check out our list of important things to bear in mind when relocating home to make the move go easier on both your budget and your nerves.
1. Get House and Gear Insurance in Place
Never launch a move before you’ve sorted out insurance for your property and personal assets for the duration of the transition. Notify your insurance provider about the change of residence, and cancel the existing policy for the old house as of the day after the relocation. Also, look into available moving insurance options and choose a policy that fits your bill best. That way, your property and belongings will stay safe from harm should a relocation nightmare come knocking on your doors.
2. Replace the Locks and Safety Devices
Before you load your belongings into the removal van, pay a short visit to your new home and replace existing locks and safety devices. If you’re renting, ask your landlord for permission for the security update first – but don’t abandon your valuables to the whim of fate, because you can never know who has the keys to your new home. Theft-minded previous tenants, realtors, and maintenance staff can all sneak in when you’re not at home, so it’s better to be safe than at Lady Luck’s mercy.
3. Tend to Administrative Aspect of the Move
Don’t forget to handle the administrative aspect of the home relocation well ahead of the move. Give a heads-up about the change of address to the bank, tax administration, superannuation funds, car insurance and registration provider, and all other relevant authorities before you hit the road. Also, go over your subscription services, loyalty cards, and club memberships, cancel the ones you no longer need, and notify the rest about the address update. You may also want to consult the Post Office about mail redirect options to keep your personal information secure from nosy mailbox parkers.
4. Clean Up Your Old and New Home Act
Although you may not be obliged to clean up your old home before the move, it’s only polite of you to leave it behind in a reasonably decent shape. As for your new home, you should drop by at least a few days prior to the relocation to make sure the property is clean and in good repair. You can have carpets and upholstered furniture steam-cleaned, and you can hire professionals to handle the rest of the move prep housework for you. If you don’t want to spend extra on pre-relocation cleanup, pick quality disinfectants and cleaning supplies and wipe all surfaces and storage units clean: this will minimize post-move unpacking and organizing hassle.
5. Check Plumbing, Appliances, and Drainage
You can’t call a place a new home-sweet-home until you’ve checked appliances and plumbing, wiring, and drainage bits for defects or age-related wear. Inspect the water heater, toilet tank, pipes, insulation, windows, flooring, basement, loft, and rooftop and see whether and where updates may be required within the foreseeable future. This will help you avoid complications with vital hardware immediately upon moving in, and it will also provide you with a good image of the total costs required for the post-relocation home improvement endeavors.
6. Get the Biggest Removal Bang for Your Buck
When moving your home lock, stock and barrel, don’t forget to go over the list of local removal companies and cross-compare fees to avoid losing a small fortune on transfer costs. During the packing, organize your belonging into three piles, i.e. Toss, Keep, and Donate, and see which items you don’t need to bring along. This will help you minimize waste of time when unpacking, and it will also allow you to get rid of clutter and damaged devices that aren’t worth repairing or transporting to the new residence.
7. Stay in Control of Your Home’s Sanitation
To stay on the safe side of the sanitation continuum, hire pest control experts to exterminate unwelcome subtenants, such as rodents, cockroaches, termites, and other creepy crawlies that can take over your home under the cloak of night. If not timely prevented, pest infestations can pose a huge problem in the post-move period – and you definitely shouldn’t take any risks with mass parties staged by potentially health hazardous critters in your new love nest. Before you buy your new home, you may want to have the place inspected for signs of pests and other property issues. A reliable inspection report on the real estate shape can help you bring down the price of the new house and make the pre- and post-move housework go easier on your wallet.
Don’t let move-related stress get the better of you: sort out all the bits and ends on time to keep both your finances and nerve power in check. Bon voyage!