Getting set to move is a difficult time for all people; your to-do-list gets longer by the day, with so many things on your mind it’s easy to forget something important – even when you try your hardest! We at RelocationWiki.com aim to help you out with some of our online moving guides and by helping you find great moving companies that will pack up your belongings for you. RelocationWiki is here to help you again with our top tips that make you aware of the most commonly forgotten or mislaid items that can wreak havoc during your move.
- Phone Numbers – Be sure to have a written copy (preferably at least 2 copies in separate wallets/purses/travel packs) of critical phone numbers that you may need during your move. Your cell phone may have an accident that results in you not being able to access any of the stored numbers, your home phone address book won’t be accessible at the touch of a button either a simple piece of paper might help you more than you can expect! Also, be sure to pack your phone books and yellow pages from your previous address – you’ll save a lot of money not dialing 411!
- Your New Address – It’s best to have everyone in your family that is moving keep a copy of their new address tucked in their wallet or purse a few weeks before the big day – that way you can run errands efficiently at the post office and bank etc, and have it handy to give to all your friends.
- Borrowed Items – Take a few hours one Sunday and sweep through the house, on the search for library books, movie rentals and items you may have borrowed from the neighbors (gardening equipment, power tools, dishes, clothing, kids toys, sporting goods etc.). Also keep an eye out for any dry cleaners tickets, or shoe repairs etc. Make sure your kids do the same with their school lockers.
- Hidden Treasures – If you’ve tucked any valuables away for safekeeping around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving. That also means emptying out the wall safe on the final day. We recommend that you do not pack any smaller items of significant value on the Moving Truck, it is best to pack them safely in an appropriate bag or case, if you are traveling by air – be sure that it meets the carry on luggage requirements. Any larger items, such as antiques or works of art should have adequate insurance coverage, be expertly packed by specialists and be itemized on the Bil of Lading (also known as Mover’s Contract).
- Cleaning Supplies – Remember to leave out cleaning supplies for the final “once-over” before closing the door for good. Most commonly used household cleaning products are prohibited from travelling in the moving van so either use them up, leave them for the new tenants or friends and family or plan to take them with you (if travelling by car).
- Garage Door – Most people forget to take the electric garage door opener out of their car or truck before leaving, it’s a familiar addition to the car after all. You won’t be needing it anymore, so to avoid costly courier chargers and save the new residents a headache.
- Spare house keys – Whether it means retrieving keys from neighbors or from under the rock next to the front door, don’t forget to gather all sets before you depart and pass on to the realty agent.
- The Alarm – It is second nature for many of us to engage the alarm as we leave the house, some of them are hooked up to an alarm monitoring service. Either leave the alarm off for a few hours and ask a neighbor to keep an eye out or make absolutely sure the new tenants have the code.