Coping when Your House is on the Move – Movers and Packers
You have just heard you are being transferred or changing homes. This could mean to another country or another suburb. Already the heartbeat increases. STRESS!
Not again! Where do you start? How do you cope?
Firstly, make a list of all the items that must be done, at least two months before the move if possible.
Source a moving company.
If you are moving away to another country, make sure the company is active in that country. Make sure it is a reputable company; speak to friends to find out what complaints they may have had – do they fulfill their obligations – do they get there on time?
Clear the clutter.
What do you need to take with you, what can you do? Think of having a Garage Sale; ask friends to look through your discarded items, put ‘items for sale’ signs up in local supermarkets.
Go through each room systematically; be harsh in what NEEDS to go. Clothes, are they worth taking – are you going to a different climate? – How long have you had it in the cupboard and not worn it? If the answer is more than six months, it has to go.
Kitchen items – can you purchase new at a price that is better than paying to transport it?
How old are your white goods? All those electrical items – are they outdated, damaged or unused?
Consider asking the people coming into your home if they would like to purchase any of your unwanted goods.
It is important to make a note of serial numbers of all electronic equipment, white goods, etc. This is important for insurance purposes and some Custom Officials in other countries require this information.
Officialdom and legal documents
See the family doctor, dentist and teachers for all records or reports. Make sure you ask your doctor/dentist to write referral letters or transfer prescriptions. Notice will be rewarded with requests being met on time!
Make sure you are aware of any visa requirements, business licenses or special laws that might apply to you if moving to another country.
Arrange the closing of bank accounts, or transferring to another branch of your bank.
Inform the water board, gas and electric companies of your new address if you are moving to a new suburb – also make sure that you make an application for a telephone connection at your new address.
Book your tickets and collect them in plenty of time before you travel so there will be no panicking at the last moment.
Don’t forget your pets if they are leaving the country with you. Ensure they are vaccinated long before the move. Understand that it is a traumatic time for them too.
It’s a great time to begin using up all the food items; there will be less to pack and less worry about shopping.
Don’t forget to get the kids involved by letting them sort their toys, books, etc. Preach the golden rule ‘discard what they don’t need’. Teach them to be charitable; some other child will look after their toys for them.
Do you have the home ready at the other end? Do you know the sizes of rooms etc.? Try to measure goods that are going from one home to another to make sure ‘they fit. Make a floor plan on squared paper and mark places for bulky furniture to give to the Packers.
A couple of days before the removal is due; you should go round the home and begin marking what is to go and what is to stay. A yellow sticker is bright, and use a dark felt tip pen to mark STAY or GO in bold letters. It is essential if there is someone else taking over your home and some goods are remaining. Doing this also saves the Packers from continually asking you what they should pack. It also prevents confusion on the big day. It may be a little time consuming, but you will be grateful later. Try to have everything together; all books, all toys, bed linen, etc. This too saves a lot of time.
Make sure the children and pets are out of the house on the big day. They will get in the way and may also begin to feel threatened and insecure.
Passports, tickets, jewelry, money, credit cards, purse/wallet, and the actual clothes you wish to wear on the day must be put well away from the Packers! A car trunk is a great place; this action stops wrong things being packed accidentally. This prevents trauma and unnecessary stress searching for these things at the last moment – or after the Packers have departed!
It is wise to carry these items personally in travel.
Don’t forget to keep the kettle, coffee and tea out, you and the Packers will deserve a cuppa during the day.
When you have done all this, what happens when you arrive at the other end?
Where do you start’? The packer will give you a packing slip; this lists the items that were packed in each carton and the number of each.
Take the list of measurements you did earlier and work out the positioning of your furniture so you will know where everything has to go when your goods arrive. Make a plan. Mark on the packing slip next to the numbered carton which room you would like each item to go in. Do a photocopy of this for the supervisor.
The Packers will unpack any cartons that you request. It would be a good idea to have them unpack all the large items and secure them – especially your beds.
Next time you have to move, keep these tips close by and your moving day will be much less stressful!