There are all kinds of things you have to deal with when you’re moving house, from preparing large, awkward items for transport all the way to the little details of the paperwork. When you’re tackling such a big project with so many different factors, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by it all and let certain things slip through the net. Here are a few things people tend to forget when moving…
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An Essentials Box
Hopefully, you’ve been pretty organized with your packing process so far, packing boxes according to the room they’re ultimately headed to and labeling them accordingly. While this is generally good practice, there are certain things which you should keep separate. By the time you’ve gone through all the stress of moving to the new place and making sure everything gets over the threshold, you’re not going to want to start tearing open boxes and getting stuck into the process of unpacking. However, if you throw various essentials in with everything else, you’re not going to have much of a choice. Remember to pack a separate box with everything your family will need for that first night in the house; toothbrushes, hygiene products, pajamas, a change of clothes, and those stuffed animals your kids simply can’t sleep without.
Setting Sentimental Items Aside
We all have certain things which may not have a lot of monetary value, but which we wouldn’t trade for the world. Perhaps it’s some torn old sweater your grandmother knitted for you, your kid’s macaroni pictures, the first love letters that you and your spouse sent to each other. Whatever they are, I strongly recommend that you plan to handle these yourself in the moving process, rather than throwing it in with your other items and leaving it to the movers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying movers aren’t to be trusted. The large majority of moving companies go to great lengths to avoid even the most minor damage to their clients’ items. However, moving a whole home’s worth of stuff from A to B is a big operation, and accidents happen. If there’s anything which you simply couldn’t bear to see lost or damaged, take matters into your own hands.
Collecting the Keys, All of Them
Obviously, you’re going to remember to collect the front and back door keys from the previous owner or landlord. In all the chaos of moving house, however, it can be easy enough to forget all the others after that. Think back to your viewing. Were there any locks on the windows, the conservatory, the garage and storage areas? It may sound like a freak occurrence, but many people neglect to make sure they have all the keys to the house on moving day. Obviously, this can make settling in and exploring your new home much more difficult than it should be. This should be a big point on your moving day checklist. If the owner isn’t going to be there, be sure to take a look around soon, and call them to see if they’ve missed any keys.