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Moving all the items you have accumulated over the years from one house to the next may seem like an impossible task, that will take months to accomplish. One of the biggest stresses in anyone’s life is a big move – the kind of move where boxes are stacked from the floor to the ceiling in multiple rooms filled with a lifetime of possessions and memories.
There is a great deal of stress and anxiety around moving as it is. A larger family with many children makes the task seem even more daunting than it need be. Below are some tips to help you improve your moving strategy:
Avoid complications and confusion by sitting down and making yourself a list of the things you need to get done before, during and after your move.
Checking off the items as you go will give you great satisfaction and more importantly, peace of mind.
If you have children and animals to consider, create a separate to-do list for each, this will be yet another stress-reducer.
We also recommend that you make your list in the order of priority by including deadlines, or even colour code the list to emphasise importance.
If you have or intend to get insurance for your possessions this is also a perfect opportunity to make an inventory of that which you want covered. This will also be handy for you when you later unpack everything—you’ll know you’re not missing anything.
Be sure to add to your list any utility companies that need to be contacted to turn your water and electricity off at the old house and on at your new home.
Also, do you have any items that need last minute fixing or services to cancel? Do you need to call an electrician, plumber or roofing company, or cancel your phone (land line) or security company?
Change of Address
Take care of the little things first. To avoid a few headaches, we recommend that you arrange your change-of-address requests before you move, sooner rather than later. Change-of-address requests usually take some time, so filling out the forwarding form for the post office should immediately be followed by notifying your financial institutions, magazine publishers, and friends and family about your new location. Try an do this before you even start your packing process.
Moving is a lot of work and it can really add up. There is often an argument about whether you should pack yourself or Hire professionals. However, we have found that the money you save in packing yourself and acquiring your own boxes, you spend in damages and unnecessary stress. Many times your moving company will offer boxes and packing services at a discounted rate.
Its common sense that you won’t be able to unpack everything in your new home exactly the way it was before the move, but remember that change is as good as a holiday. This is an opportunity for you to create your place from scratch.
Rid yourself of all the unused, unnecessary stuff you have accumulated over the years.
Start by taking pictures of all the spider-webs of complicated electronic hook-ups to avoid a techie nightmare.
You might even sketch out a floor plan for your new home, so you’re prepared with an even more detailed plan of action. You could also use this floor plan to decide how each room will be setup prior to the move. This will also help alleviate stress and help you get excited for the journey ahead.
Don’t water anything you plan to take for 2-3 days before the move. Smaller plants can be put in boxes and moved in your car, while the big plants should be moved in their pots within a big box to avoid spilling their soil all over everything in the truck and on your personal items.
It is always recommended that you hire professionals to help you. They will have all the right equipment to move everything.
This is also hassle free and there is less chance of you or a loved one hurting themselves during the move. The last thing you need is to throw your back out or drop a heavy object on your foot and need to be taken to hospital.
Tips for Moving Day
Don’t let time lapse before you start packing. It takes about 30 minutes to fill a box. That means that an average apartment can be packed up anywhere from 15-20 hours. If you have a single family home, you’re looking at almost 40 hours of work.
Make sure you have plenty of packing tape and pens ready for sealing and labeling all those boxes. Some of the info on the label should include what’s in the box, if it is fragile, and the room where the contents belong.
Pack up stuff you use the least first, like books. Leave the essentials until the end. A good idea is to pack a suitcase like you’re going away for a week on vacation. You may not be sipping cocktails on the beach, but you also won’t be wondering where the toothbrush and toothpaste may be.
Make sure all the boxes are well-taped, both tops and bottoms, and double-tape cartons that contain the heavy items. Pack the heavy stuff on the bottom and the lighter things on top. Never put heavy things in with fragile items! Wrap paper and add cushioning like bubble wrap or peanuts between the layers of breakable items. Don’t just throw towels and linens in separate boxes; use them for packing as well.
Although your local movers will be helpful and willing to move whatever you have, they cannot always guarantee the safety of glass-framed pictures and artwork, lampshades, mirrors or your small electronic devices. Packing and moving companies sell bubble-wrap for the fragile things and you might request them to pack mirrors, pictures and delicate ornaments.
Your mattresses can be wrapped in furniture pads, but specially-made boxes can be bought as well. Request that your movers wrap your valuable and delicate furniture with Airwrap for further protection.
Complete all your packing before the crew arrives on moving day. Though you can make arrangements to have movers pack all your things for you, if you choose not to, then don’t be caught unprepared.
Reserve elevators, loading docks or parking areas as needed for the time necessary.
Also be there to direct the movers and answer questions.
Use that floor plan you drew up. Tape it to the doors to show where everything should go to save you time and money.
There are a lot of thing you need to do when moving overseas, That is why we have create an easy to use checklist that details everything you need to consider before you pack up everything and move overseas. This list is a very basic list of things that need to be completed prior to your move, however it is important to not that not all point will be relevant to your type of move.
When preparing to move overseas, one of the most important things to consider is the layout of the new house. This will help when it comes time to unpacking and ensure that the transition to the new country is even smoother, and to also help avoid being homesick.
Important documentation for moving overseas
Below is a list of the basic documentation that you will need for an overseas move:
This is by far the most important travel document that you will have. It is advised that you carry it on you at all times when traveling and make sure that It’s valid and won’t expire prior to you overseas move.
Infants and children need to have their own individual passport issued through the government. TO make you move easier, make sure that your passport will not expire within six months of the date that you plane to move.
The second, yet equally important, item on your moving list is your work visa. This document is required in order for you to work in another country. Before moving to any new country, we strongly advise that you check their individual visa requirements, in order to submit the necessary paperwork in advance.
Some countries require that your new employer verifies you as an employee before a work permit can be granted.
Last but not least, here is a list of research and verifications that you will need to do, prior to your move, to ensure a smooth transition into the new country:
Schedule an international removals company to move belongings overseas, or ship vehicle.
Research transportation in the new country
Find out if you need a specific drivers licence for the country.
Find out about public transport.
Research schools in your area for the children
Try and enroll them in you can.
Take current school records for your children in case they need transferring.
Verify medical information for each family member
Check requirements for pet entry to another country – link to pet blog
Confirm banking arrangements
Confirm travel insurance and coverage
Notify change of address for bills and local businesses.
Enrol in language courses, in necessary.
Here at Execu-move we understand that moving overseas is a very stressful thing for any family to go through. That is why we offer a wide range of services to help your family get to your new location hassle free. We offer a worldwide door-to-door moving service. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free no obligations quote on 021 931 6999.
Moving is an important event in everyone’s life. It is a unique experience that will change everything around you and it will take you to a new start. There are many things to know and learn about relocation, especially if this is going to be your first move ever. Organization up to the last detail is crucial, but one thing that is often forgotten about is the changing of Address. Here is the list we think you should complete when changing your Address.
Utilities and Service Providers
Don’t forget to take meter readings as soon as you reach your new property. This way you won’t be charged for the previous owners utilities.
Finances and Employment
Your employer may be able to change your address on your behalf for relevant departments. However, contacting them yourself to check this has been done is always a good idea!
If you are moving far, you may have to find yourself new health services. but informing your current establishment of your new address will point you in the right direction.
Finances and Employment
Think about anyone who sends you post, whether it’s a magazine subscription or your local gym, let them know your change of address.
If you’re planning to move, you’re already making a fresh start, so why not keep up the momentum with a few more personal goals for 2017? Now that the new year is upon us, you have all the more reason to make some moving resolutions.
You are probably familiar with some of the more common New Year’s resolutions, among them, trying to eat better, mitigating debt and volunteering more. These kinds of goals can also be translated into the process of moving, giving yourself a great start for a new year. Here are seven New Year’s goals you can make on your way to your new home.
This common resolution is all about making a life change. As you pack for your new home, keep in mind that moving is an opportunity to make a new life for yourself. Get rid of unnecessary material goods or items that carry little sentimental value. Instead of taking your trash to the dump, however, donate it or give it away to people who may see it as treasure. You may not want your old coat or a worn chair, but maybe there is a family that does.
Conversely, if there is something your new house needs, don’t buy new. Visit thrift stores or antique shops and furnish your new place with vintage, rustic and secondhand goods. With a little effort, you can find perfectly good items at decent prices.
DIY decorating, repairs and cleaning
DIY decorating, repairs and cleaning can make all the difference. This can include repainting rooms, fixing any damage to plasterwork and re-carpeting.
Don’t just focus on the interior though, as the garden can really make a house’s appearance. Simply cleaning up, moving garden furniture and trimming the hedges can make a huge different to the overall aesthetic.
If you really want to make sure your property is presented at its best, you could hire a professional photographer to take photos that will be displayed on estate agent websites.
Manage pre-moving stress
When you’re planning to move, you’ll no doubt have an extensive list of tasks to complete. A number of these – such as registering your car in a new state, changing your bank and notifying the post office of your address change – can easily fall to the bottom of your list, only to cause you stress later on. The last thing you want to deal with when navigating a new town is a number of bureaucratic errands. Before moving, update your address and map out important offices in your new town, including shops, post offices and nearby banks. Set aside an afternoon once you’ve moved to visit these places and take care of business.
Manage post-moving stress
There is no shortage of stressors once you’ve moved. One of the more subtly irksome aspects of a move is a home that’s not fully unpacked. Having boxes everywhere not only makes your new place feel more like a storage facility, it also means you have to spend time digging through boxes for things you need. Set aside a weekend to do all of your unpacking. You’ll be happier for it once you’re done.
Eat healthier meals
If you’re trying to make some positive changes in your diet, unpack your kitchen as soon as possible. Don’t rely on fast food and microwave meals to get you through the first weeks of a new town. Cook healthy and often.
Many people hope to get more involved with their community in the new year. Volunteering is also a great way for recent movers to feel better connected to their new community. Soup kitchens and food drives are also a great place to meet like-minded people.
Take a vacation
Once you’ve moved, make sure you explore your new home. Spend your first few weekends taking trips to nearby locales outside your neighborhood. Go to local favorites off the beaten path as well as main cultural hubs. Make a day trip out of it.
Execu-Move is South Africa’s most trusted moving company specialising in removals and relocation services since 2003. That’s 12 years of professional packing, moving and relocation experience.
Hiring a professional moving company to assist with your relocation can result in a smooth and stress-free moving experience. Here are a few reasons to hire a Professional moving company to help with your next move. Don’t even think of doing your own move.
#1. Peace of Mind
Planning a move can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Professional movers understand the best ways to navigate the roads and how to handle your belongings to keep them safe and protected. Removal companies normally limit their liability for damage and/or loss and in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong, and you have requested liability cover, your belongings will be fixed or replaced. Knowing that your possessions are in safe hands will help to ease your mind on moving day.
A professional moving company will often be the most reliable option, rather than attempting to move with the help of friends and family. Professional movers undergo rigorous training to learn the best moving techniques so that they do not bring unnecessary harm to their bodies, and they can keep your belongings safe and undamaged.
A moving company will be held accountable for your move and will work to ensure that all of your belongings arrive at your doorstep safely. Relocating without the help of experienced movers gives you sole responsibility of seeing that all of your belongings arrive safely, which can result in added costs and stress during your move.
A moving company will be able to give you a date and time that you can expect all of your possessions to arrive at your new home. Many companies pride themselves on prompt, professional service, and by finding a good mover, you can expedite and simplify the moving process. Not to mention, they can squeeze your couch through that staircase much quicker than you can!
A professional moving company will be more efficient at handling bulky items such as furniture or heavy boxes during your move and will be able to more efficiently transfer all of your belongings to the truck and, later, into your new home.
#6. No Heavy Lifting
Without proper training, heavy lifting can lead to back strain and other health-related issues. You can avoid all heavy lifting during your move by hiring a professional moving company to assist you with the process.
#7. Professional Inventory Process
Taking inventory of all of the items in your home can be a daunting task, but a professional moving company can handle that for you. This will help to ensure that all of your belongings arrive safely to your new destination without spending hours tracking each individual box or item in your home.
Hiring a moving company often results in a much safer moving process. Experienced professionals understand how to transport items that you may not – load and unload boxes, pack a lamp properly and wrap your mattress safely. To reduce or eliminate damage to your items, they use the right materials throughout the move.
#9. Experienced Movers
Experience counts in moving. An experienced mover will be able to address any concerns that you have and provide a safe, fast and efficient moving experience for you. Execu-Move have more than 48 years moving experience and is the Best removal company in South-Africa.
#10. No Hassle
If you’ve considered asking friends or family to help you move, it’s important to understand the risks and hassles that go along with that. Packing your whole house with the help of a few friends will be more challenging than if you hired professional movers to pack your boxes and transport them to your new home safely.