Moving Hints and Checklist
At Cleave Removals we understand that moving isn't a straight forward process and part of our goal is to make your move as pleasant as possible with a minimum of fuss. We offer a moving checklist so simply click the link to keep a copy of this handy moving checklist. Be it Melbourne, Bendigo, Horsham Brisbane. When you are getting a removalist it is handy to keep this checklist nearby.
We have also provided the following moving hints when moving house.
Up to two months ahead:
- · Ascertain a firm moving date for moving
- · Order your moving boxes and packing materials from your removalist
- · List what you are planning to take and what you will discard
· Draw a plan of your new home and plan where your furniture will go
· Check that furniture and appliances will fit through doorways, upstairs, etc.
· Select two to three moving companies; selection criteria should consist of:
o Membership of recognized Removalist Associations
Advise your removalist of choice, what is going and what is not, whether you require pre packing or a supply of cartons, whether or not you require storage, and if there are any ancillary services you may require, such as vehicle or pet transportation, or even housecleaning.
o Branches Australia-wide
o International network of quality agents
Up to one month ahead:
· Sort out the contents of your garage, garden shed and under the home, you may need to dispose of garden chemicals, paints or fuels
· Have a thorough clean out, referring to you original inventory and disposing of anything unwanted
· Apply for any travel documents, and arrange for any accommodation that may be required.
· Organise for notification of change of address for any subscriptions or mail
· Notify schools of impending move
Up to two weeks ahead:
- · Arrange to have gas, electricity, telephone and water meters read on the morning of your move and organise for connections at the new home.
- · Collect all records from the relevant authorities, Electoral office, Taxation office, insurance, Road Traffic Authority, medical, dental and school
- · If you are packing, organise delivery of cartons, paper and tape and begin packing and labeling cartons
- · Arrange for professional disconnection of your kitchen appliances, including specialist attention for washing machines to ensure the securing of the drum if necessary
Up to one week ahead:
· Dismantle furniture that was not designed to be moved when assembled, unless your removalist has already agreed to do this for you
· Dismantle sheds, greenhouses and children's play equipment, unless the removalist has agreed to do this for you
· Drain fuel from motorized lawn mowers and motor cycles
· Take down fixtures and fittings that you are taking with you
· Cancel newspapers and milk deliveries
· Collect anything outstanding, ie lay-bys, dry cleaning; and return anything, ie library books, loans from neighbours, etc.
· If appropriate, make arrangements for young children to be looked after on the day of the move by family or friends
· Confirm transportation of cars and pets, housecleaning, valet unpacking, etc.
· Confirm with the removalist company, including dates, insurance and times
· Ensure all electrical equipment (eg computers and stereo components) are prepared for transit as per manufacturer's instructions
· Ensure all white goods (eg washing machine, dryer and refrigerator) are prepared for transit as per manufacturer's instructions, ie stabilizer bars for washing machines.
One day ahead:
· Make a list of things you will need on the day of the removal and set these aside from everything that is to be packed or taken by the removalists.
· Defrost and clean freezers and refrigerators, eat or dispose of any food, and seal any jars or packets to be packed - do not store or transport perishable items
· Complete any packing and labeling; chest of drawers may be left full depending on the type of furniture and the goods within them.
· Finish dismantling any remaining furniture and collect any light fitting that you wish to keep
· Walk around the house and check nothing has been left behind including garages, sheds, attics and under the house
· Pack your survival kit; include things like toiletries, tea and coffee, clothing, personal items, travel documents, tickets, etc.
· Leave the vacuum cleaner out, in case you want to clean after the furniture has been removed
· Collect all keys to the house
· Ensure all utilities have been read and turned off where applicable
· Take a final walk around the house to ensure nothing has been left behind, and sign the inventory before locking and leaving.