1. Create a check-list for the planning of the house-moving and for things to be done.
2. Decide whether you’re going to move the house or hire a professional company for it.
3. Determine the moving day precisely.
4. Determine the truck or the removal company and make a contract.
5. Prepare packing materials for the stuff you’re going to parcel up.
6. Start packing things.
7. Complete the change of address processes.
8. Decide upon the things you’ll not take to your new house.
9. Manage the moving process.
10. Start settling into your new house; lie down and have a sigh of relief.
How To Move a House: Basic Steps
Moving is easy and normal to some people. They plan every detail of the process perfectly and know about the inside of every box. Time of each task is clear and everything runs on time.
For some others, it is a big trouble. They don’t know what to do and when to do it clearly. They complain about things incessantly, and moving turns into a torture.
We hope the 10 basic steps help you diminish the stress of moving and prevent it from turning into a huge problem.
Step 1: Prepare a moving checklist
House moving is a short, detailed and hard to manage process. Planning of it is very important to get over this life experience without facing many problems. Your checklist will be your best assistant during it. And if you’re asking how I’m going to prepare it, we created a sample for you. Click to download The House Moving Checklist.
Step 2: Decide whether you’re going to move the house or hire a professional company for it.
Inform your friends and relatives who will help you move about the date and time if you are going to rent a truck and do it yourselves. Be sure the truck is large enough to take all your belongings. Expanses will be more if a second time is needed. Working with a professional moving company will be more costly; but since it is better for your health and for the condition of your furniture and belongings, it is worth it.
There’re some factors to decide about it:
If you can afford, prefer a professional removal firm.
If you have a small apartment or don’t have much to move, renting a truck and doing it yourselves is better.
If you have lots of furniture and appliances, removal companies would be a better choice.
If you have a condition such as a heart disease or backache, you should definitely get help from professionals.
Step 3: Determine the day clearly
Moving day is the central point of this process. Any changes or breathiness will affect many decisions. Several suggestions about it:
Arrange the removal company beforehand, if you are planning to move on the weekend. They’re usually busier on weekends. Weekdays are more suitable.
Resolving potential problems is easier on weekdays. (banks and other needed places are open)
Try not to coincide it with holydays and national holidays.
Step 4: Decide upon a truck or removal firm and make a contract.
If you’re going to move with a moving company, make a detailed research before deciding. Follow these steps:
Look through their references and customer opinions.
Examine if they have the certificates given by The Department of Transportation.
Search the company title at trade registries.
Price should not be the only consideration. Too low prices may refer to a desperate company.
Stay away from pirate companies.
If you are going to rent a truck and move:
State the moving date and time clearly. Call them a day before the moving day and learn whether they’re going to come at the hour you ask for.
Determine a truck that meets your needs.
If someone you know have a truck, deal with him, it will be safer
Step 5: Prepare packing materials for the stuff you’re going to parcel up.
Prepare needed packing materials for the things you’ll pack which are mainly:
Step 6: Start packing
You’ll find out that they are more than you think. Packing tips:
Do not pack more than 50 lb each.
Write the names of the things on them. Mark the breakable ones on different sides. Pack a bag as if you are travelling, and take it with you.
On the stuff you’ll need first, write a note saying “Open Me First” so that you can easily find them.
Don’t fill a whole box with books; it would be too heavy. Mix heavy and light things. Lighter ones should be on top.
Step 7: Complete the change of address processes
Also let the apartment building management know about the day if you were living in an apartment building.
Update your address for bills.
Cancel old bills and apply for your new house.
Complete your civil registry procedures
Step 8: Single out things you won’t take to your new house
Run through your stuff to single out things you are not using anymore and you won’t need at your new house. You can give them to charity or neighbors that may need them, and have less to carry.
Step 9: Manage the moving process
Have a good breakfast before the moving company arrives. You may not have another time for it.
Start early. Earlier it finishes, the better. Start as early as you can but try not to disturb your neighbors a lot.
Make sure your mobile phone’s charged. Be reachable during the day. Have enough cash in your pocket. Removal companies take the charge in cash after the moving process is over.
Learn about the moving process from the person in charge of the moving company in detail, and inform them about your demands clearly. Get a sample of freight insurance policy if you had demanded one. Check if the plate number of the truck is the same with the one on the policy; and let the moving begin.
Notify the address the truck will go in written to the removal firm clearly; also send an sms to the company executive’s mobile phone including the new address info.
Step 10: Start settling into your new house; lie down and have a sigh of relief
Now, you completed the moving process; you can now start settling into your new home. Don’t try to unpack all the boxes on the first day; do it gradually. Open “Open Me First” boxes first. Don’t touch other boxes unless there is need urgently.
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