1. Start making lists - they can be so handy for keeping things clear and to keep everyone on the same page. You only need two main lists for peak efficiency, one for things to do, and a full inventory which you can use to check all your items have arrived safely.
2. As romantic as candlelight can be, not being able to shower after a move isn’t. Make sure to call your water, power, and other utility companies in the weeks running up to your move to check how long it will take them to set up. Then, schedule yourself a reminder call a day or two before you move to be sure that everything is in place for your arrival
3. Try to plan roughly where you want your furniture to go in your new home, and if possible, draw a quick sketch. Even a few rectangles on a piece of paper labelled with the names of your belongings can help the movers position them as you want them straight away
4. If you have the keys before the movers are set to arrive, give yourself a fresh start and have a quick spring clean before all your furniture is positioned.
5. Be sure to check payment methods with your moving company ahead of the move. You may find that you need to pay in a particular fashion, such as a money order or cheque, or you may even need to have cash on the morning to pay the driver directly.
6. Many hands make light work. Try to have a friend with you on the day of the move. One of you can ensure all of your belongings are present and accounted for, and the other person can direct the moving team.
7. Consult your inventory lists, and if possible, try to keep check as things are coming off the truck. That way, if anything is missing or damaged, you can take the appropriate steps and contact the aftercare service at the moving company as quickly as possible.
8. Consider all members of the family, including vulnerable and four-legged. You may want to organise a playdate for younger children or consider hiring a sitter. Having someone watch your pets for the day will give you added peace of mind knowing they are safe. Elderly or frail family members may need to attend a daycare centre or maybe even spend a day in respite to ensure their comfort and reduce stress for everyone.
9. For those who struggle with technology, it’s worth knowing that many moving companies offer installation services for an extra fee.
10. Put together a “next few days” box. Think through anything you may need over the next few days and put together a bag or a box for yourself and your family with the things you will need. Not just overnight, but for the next morning. Things to think of could include any medication, laptops and
necessary chargers, schoolwork and uniforms. For extra peace of mind, make sure you have a few kitchen and bathroom essentials to hand such as your kettle, and a few towels
Bonus Tip: Book a home delivery. The days surrounding a move are busy enough without having to find the time to go to the supermarket as well!