The Checklist for Your Interstate Move
Published on Saturday, 25 August 2012
Every house removal is a tough process for the family or the single homeowner. It takes months of preparation, lots of efforts and money. Doing a local relocation might not be such a huge endeavor, but an interstate removal is. When you are facing a removal you need to realize that most of the work has to be finished before the actual moving day. You cannot make the movers and the moving truck wait for you to do last minute packing or decide whether to take something or throw it away. All of these decisions need to be made months before. In order to have a smooth interstate relocation you need a good checklist which will help you manage in a timely manner. Here is an example of a checklist for an interstate removal:
Six Weeks before Removal:
Sit with all your documents concerning the removal and check whether you have everything you need - contract, insurance details, inventory list. If you still haven't found a removals company you will be up for a challenge as the good ones get hired months earlier before the moving day. If you are looking for inexpensive removalists, your search should start at least 4 months earlier. It's an absolute must to get full coverage despite what the removals company might be telling you. Even the best company isn't secured against accidents and accidents do happen: damaged or lost items, theft on the road, even an injury during the removal process. It's better to spend a bit on insurance than to be sorry afterwards.
Four Weeks before Removal:
Decide which items you don't want to take with you to the new home. Despite how sentimental you get, it's time to be realistic about it - paying for old, unneeded or damaged items is not exactly reasonable. The more packing material you need the more you pay. The heavier the truck - the bigger your fee; it is as simple as that. Get a bundle of moving boxes of various sizes and enough packing material. Even if you don't use it all, you can keep it for the future or sell it online. If you can afford it, hire the removals company to do the packing for you. This way you will save time, but you won't be much in control of the process. Prepare a plan for your future home - where would each piece of furniture go, how will you position the tables, shelves and all your personal belongings. It's better to plan that before you arrive at the new place and start unpacking. Have your mail and subscriptions redirected to the new address and phone all utility companies to make sure the power will be off after you leave the property. Secure all your travel documents, visas and tickets. An interstate removal often means that you have to fly or drive a long distance and still arrive before the truck. Make sure you plan the trip - food, accommodation, etc.
One Week Before the Removal:
Prepare a checklist for the moving day itself and make sure each member of the family understands it and knows what they will be ding to help. Cancel all your regular deliveries and focus on any last-minute packing, cleaning and fixing issues around the house. Try to leave the house in its best condition - mop the floors, take the rubbish out, trim the grass.
Two Days Before the Move
Your finances should be in order - have enough cash for the journey and for tips for the movers. Pack your essentials for the trip and for after you arrive: clothes, toiletries, shoes, food, documents, etc.