What to do before moving homes?


Moving is quite an important process. However, to ensure a successful move, it is important to plan for it and hire professional moving companies. A good plan allows you to determine what is being moved and how it will be moved, as seen on us-mailing-change-of-address.com/change-of-address-online-benefits.php. You will need to determine how the family pet(s) will be moved too. The moving company will not be throwing one item in a box. Before the moving day, make sure to visit your vet in order to obtain current shots, certifications, tags and proper identification. Pets that will be traveling a long distance by car or air require travel recommendation, motion sickness medication, and portable kennels. Remember that animals papers will be required if you will be moving across state lines. Other important arrangements to make for your move include:

Before you pack your belongings:

Empty and switch off fridges and freezers and allow them to defrost, removing all possible water from the hoses and inside the fridge/freezer. Leave fridge and freezer doors open for a day or two before packing to allow any moisture remaining in the appliance to be released. It is not allowed for the removalist to take gas cylinders unless they have been professionally emptied and certified. Remember to return all borrowed books and videos to your local library and video store. Neglecting to do this prior to your move may cause you headaches later on. If required set up a mail redirection service to your new address. This can be helpful for numerous reasons particularly for making sure you do receive bills so they can be paid by their due date. If you have children, consider having a relative or someone you trust to take care of them on moving day. With the removalist in your home and other things you may need to attend to, not having the children around may be helpful. Be sure to wash garden tools, lawn mowers, and barbeques. Lock down computer hard drives if necessary and remove the printers ink cartridges. It is not allowed for the removalist to carry dangerous goods, so items such as cans of paint, bleach, ammunition, linseed oil, petrol, kerosene, cleaning fluid, vegetable oils, aerosols, charcoal, lighters, and matches cannot be taken by the removalist.

What not to do

Do not put breakable items or liquids in drawers. Don’t put excess items in the furniture such as overloading the drawers. If furniture is going into storage, remember not to pack perishable items. Do not pack important items that may be needed, such as keys, wallet /purse or passport or other important documents.
Moving does not have to be stressful. With a little organization and planning in advance as well as having a checklist of things that need to be done, you are well on your way to having a successful move.

· Get rid of clutter

Many items in the house probably have not been used for many years, but you will be paying movers to pack and move them. Furthermore, you will unpack them and find a place to store them. However, moving should grant the family the ideal opportunity to clean up the house by getting rid of clutter. Consider donating some of your items to charity, give furniture away to neighbors or arrange a garage sale. This will save you both time and money, avoiding extra charges for packing and relocating goods that the family rarely gets to use.

· Special arrangements for plants

The van in not a very conducive environment for plant life and many moving companies would rather not handle plants, particularly if you are moving several hundreds of miles. If you have plans to move with your plants, find out from the relevant local authorities whether there are any rules of moving plants by car. About 3 weeks before the date of moving, transplant your plants from their breakable pots, to allow the movers to pack and transport them into lightweight unbreakable pots, that are much easier to move. If you are not in a position to move with your plants, you can consider donating them to friends, local retirement home or a botany class.

· Packing survival kit(s)

It is advisable to have a survival kit to ensure a smooth move for everyone. A typical personal survival kit should include scissors, address book, a screwdriver, map of the new hometown, a flashlight, blanket, pajamas, pet food, toiletries, toilet paper, coffee, soap and necessary medications. Furthermore, it is important to have enough cash to pay for meals along the way.