How to Plan an Organized Move — Moving to another place is a thrilling experience. There’s the excitement of having a place to call your own, regardless of how small or large, the area is. The thought of having your own personal space gives you a boost of confidence. There is a certain freedom that also comes from having a slice of independence, especially when you’re moving to live alone.
Making the Right Move
Along with the exhilaration of relocating or transferring to a new location, are the challenges that come with it.
One such challenge is making sure that the move runs smoothly. You want everything to be in order to avoid losing or breaking items and ensure that all your belongings are intact and complete on delivery. Most likely, you would be racking your brain on how to go about the move in the most efficient way possible.
For a move to be successful, you need to keep in mind that organization is key. You have to make sure that everything you need and want is addressed to make the move as stress-free as possible. Relocating can be made easier if you have an organized plan of action.
To help guide you along the path to moving success, here are some basic things to consider:
1. Look for a Professional Removalist
When you plan to move, whether just around the corner or to another state, you have to consider the ease and convenience of hiring professional removalists. These are people with years of experience and are considered experts in the field of removals.
Do your homework and look for the best interstate removalists on the Gold Coast. This is your first step towards a worry-free move, so it is vital that you engage the services of only the most trusted professionals. It would be to your advantage if they are accredited by the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) to be assured of their exceptional standards.
Call and book an onsite inspection. The most trusted removalists in the area will be able to provide this complimentary service for you to get the chance to personally ask questions and raise any concerns about the move.
When you’ve finally decided on a removalist, confirm the details of the move such as the costs, date, time, etc.
2. Create a Moving Folder
To keep track of all the documents, lists, and other pertinent data regarding your move, it will be best if you can create a special folder or binder. This will be your go-to reference guide and one-stop shop for all moving documentation.
On the first page, place your to-do list so you can monitor where you are at in the planning of the move. Include important dates, places, names, and contact persons in your binder. Compile and organize quotations, inventories, receipts, and other such papers so you won’t have to scramble and scrounge around when the need to look at these documents arises.
3. Organize Official Documents
Collate and organize important documents such as birth certificates, employment contracts, utility and service contracts, and other such official papers. This may also include your medical and bank records (and school records, if you have kids).
You will also need to set up a mail redirection and notify important parties such as your service providers, employer, and close family or friends of your change of address. It is important that you make this notification so your mail won’t be lost or so you can be easily reached in case of emergencies.
Store these documents in a secure folder so you won’t have bits and pieces of official documents lying around. It will be easier for you to pick it up and bring with you during the move as well.
4. Survey Your New Home and Take Measurements
It’s important that you check out your new place so you can see which of your current belongings can fit. It will also give you an idea about where to place your personal effects once you unpack.
Take measurements if necessary, so you can be sure of the size of an area. Ensure your boxes are clearly labelled with the room they are to go to at delivery to make it easier for your removalists when it comes to placing the boxes in their assigned rooms.
5. Sort and Pack
Look through your current belongings and see what you would like to keep, donate, or throw out.
There will be items that you may want to keep for later or those for seasonal use. In this case, ask your removalists if they have storage facilities so you can have the same company in charge of removals and storage. This will save you time and money as well.
Once you have decided which items will go and which ones will stay, make sure to utilize the correct boxes for your things. Label them accordingly, and make sure that valuables are stored separately in a safe box that you will personally transport during moving day.
6. Use Up Perishables
If there are perishables in your pantry or refrigerator, it would be wise to consume or give them away before the move. This will also lessen the number of things that you will need to transport during the relocation.
7. Schedule Your Leave
It is very important that you be present during the move, so you can personally monitor and attend to urgent matters if needed.
You will also be needed to personally sign documents upon completion of the move.
8. Double Check Everything
A few days before the move, make sure to go through your checklist and double check everything. It is better to be overly organized than to forget or lose items.
This is also the time to reconfirm all the moving details with your removalists as well as other family members or friends, if any, who will help you with the move.
Don’t neglect your personal car, if you have one. If you are travelling a long distance and transporting small items or valuables yourself in your vehicle, make sure that it is tuned up. You don’t want it breaking down on you in the middle of a move, So ensure that it is properly maintained and checked.
9. Plan for Payment
If you haven’t made arrangements for payment already, it is wise to do so at this point. A week or a few days before would be good to settle payment details with your removalists.
It would also be appreciated, but not required, to have refreshments ready for your removals team.
10. Verify Everything
During the day of the move, make sure that the removal vehicle and team are from the removalists company you were expecting. The truck should have a company logo or information on it and the removal team should be in uniform. They will also have paperwork with your information on it which should also show the company name. If required, you can also call the removalist’s office to confirm if they have dispatched the team.
Moving homes mean there will be a myriad of things that you will be thinking of, and having an organized plan of action can easily take that weight off your shoulders. This systematic scheme is sure to help make your move more efficient – saving you time, energy, and resources.
John Pfeiffer has been the proud owner of Ashtons Removals for over 40 years. His attention to detail, a product of his accountancy background, and his emphasis on training and empowering his team members, has ensured the vast number of Gold Coast families who have been moved by Ashtons Removals, have had their furniture and effects moved undamaged and with minimum fuss.