The process of moving can be overwhelming – particularly for those who are experiencing it for the first time. You need to be thoroughly organised to cover all the bases.
It’s not just packing that needs to be done after all.
You need to make calls to utility companies, relatives, and friends to inform them about your move. Likewise, there are all kinds of appointments to make and meetings to set up to ensure a smoother life transition.
All of these “things to do” should be easy enough to accomplish if you are a naturally organised person. However, the whole process being time-bound tends to create complications. Therefore, come moving day, you may still discover that you have forgotten a few things that you needed to do or bring with you.
If you want to reduce the possibility of this happening, trusted interstate removalists have listed below the most common “things” people forget when they move:
1. New home address
As silly as it may seem to forget the complete address of the place you are moving into, this is not a rare occurrence. The removalists would know where it is but, oftentimes, the people actually moving to the new place do not. This is why they sometimes end up calling the movers for the address or their realtor while on the road.
Getting the details about your new address is not at all difficult, but the fact that you can actually forget about this important information can be quite annoying for others to witness.
2. Transient items
These are everything — from clothes you took for dry cleaning, borrowed books from the library, items others borrowed that you need to get back, and other things that you have placed in the “care” of others.
To make sure that you do not leave behind any of these things, a few days before the move, check out all your receipts and inspect your planner, email account or diary. These often hold information about transient items.
3. Survival kit for the kids
The chaos of getting ready for the move can make you forget about helping your little ones manage the long trip to your new home. You will only realise that you should have packed a few treats and games once your children utter complaints of extreme boredom.
Do not make the mistake of forgetting to put together a survival kit for the children to use during the move. Make sure it has everything — from crackers to colouring books, toys and other types of entertainment — that will keep them busy.
4. Family records
It is a frequent occurrence for people moving to forget about procuring important documents such as dental and medical records, and even their children’s school records. So, if you want to prevent this memory slip, request digital copies of any of these that you can access online at least a month before the move.
Or, get hold of hard copies and place them in envelopes and folders that you will keep in a bag you will have with you at all times during the trip to your new place. Plus, use your phone to remind you about these documents and add details about where and what they all are.
5. Contact details of important people from the old neighbourhood
A lot of folks moving to a distant location neglect to recognise the value of maintaining connections, and think of the move as an entirely new beginning.
The problem is you can always expect certain situations in life to require you to reconnect with old relations such as your former family doctor, dentist, and next door neighbours. Therefore, it is crucial to have the contact details of these people.
Use your planner and phone to keep the contact information of old connections, and always include them in your contacts list even when you change planners and phones.
6. A backup plan
Unexpected setbacks can occur during the move. The house may not be ready at the time of your arrival. The utility companies may not have finished or restored connections, making the house uninhabitable.
A backup plan is necessary even when you believe that everything has been set flawlessly for the move. Think of the worst-case scenarios and identify the ways you can work them out.
In the case of a house that is not yet ready for your move-in, make sure you know of nearby accommodations where your family can stay for a night or two such as family-friendly hotels within the city.
As for your belongings, ask your removalist about storage facilities in the area where you can temporarily keep your belongings until you can finally move in to your new address.
Forgetting to do and bring certain things can be stressful but, thankfully, something can always be done about them. Hopefully, however, you can do without the stress of dealing with “forgotten” items and responsibilities through the list shared here.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.