Is this your first time moving or are you an expert? In any case, here you will find valuable tips for moving and a list of what to do before and after the move.
Removals are the third cause of stress after bereavement and separation. And they are actually a bit like a separation. Moving away, you leave the house, the neighborhood, your habits when you leave in the morning or return in the evening. You lose those rituals that you hold, like coffee in the usual bar on Saturday mornings. Sometimes you leave your city and move elsewhere. To this must be added the stress of the real move with the material organization and all related activities. Let’s see step by step what to do during the move.
Removals: the ladder of things to do
Six months before
If you live in a rented house, you’ll have to cancel it with your landlord. Normally, contracts require 6 months’ notice.
Check the contract you have signed and move within the time required to avoid unpleasant surprises and to have to pay a few more months. At the same time, notify the administrator. You don’t have to worry about the fateful date when you’re more busy.
Two months before
Contact the various operators of electricity, water, gas, pay-TV to give the cancellation. If someone else moves into the house you are about to leave, you don’t have to close the account. The new tenant will do the voltura. At the same time, make provision for the new connections in the house you will be living in if the previous utilities have been closed.
Search for the best moving companies in your area and ask for a quote.
Choose specialized companies that will provide you with a clear quote and, if possible, make an inspection. With the quotes in hand, choose who seems to be most suited to your needs and provides a better service.
A request for occupation of public land may be necessary for the means employed. Ask your local municipality and, if you move to another city, the municipal offices where you will live.
One month before
First, review everything you have and eliminate the superfluous. Removals are the best opportunity to get rid of all those clothes, accessories, small ornaments and furniture that you no longer need, but you never have the courage (or the desire) to throw away. Take advantage.
Buy boxes and smaller boxes, scotch, and markers. Keep newspapers and magazines or ask friends for them so you don’t have to buy wrapping paper. One tip, get medium sized boxes. You’ll have less trouble transporting them to the room where the boxes are stored.
Start filling boxes with the things you can do without. It’s summer, pack the winter clothes you’re not using. If you’ve changed wardrobes, sweaters and jackets will probably be clean, and maybe already folded into special bags. Putting clothes in boxes should be quite simple. In the weeks that follow, proceed step by step and gradually prepare the things that are less useful to you. Start with the terrace and then move on to the other rooms: entrance hall, living room, bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom.
When you close the boxes try to be as precise as possible: with a nice permanent marker write: room, content, priority. The job will be easier when you have to unpack everything in the new house. Use the newspaper paper you have stored, the less valuable tablecloths and blankets to protect the most delicate objects from possible shocks.
A week before
The week before the move, you’ll already have the keys to your new home. Clean it thoroughly before you bring boxes and furniture. Also think about putting a sign or a simple sheet of paper in the door of the new condominium to warn your neighbors about the move. Indicate the date and apologize for any inconvenience.
During a move the stress level increases enormously, so what not to forget in a move? Remember that you will have to go to the registry office to change residence. It is also mandatory if you have to move from one apartment to another in the same building.
Remove food from the freezer as you go, so you don’t have to throw it away at the last minute.
The day before
The day before you make a final call to the removal company for confirmation of service and time.
Protect the plants with suitable packaging so that they do not suffer during the move. Empty the fridge and freezer and clean them so that they are ready the next day. Think about what to take with you when you move and prepare your bag with everything you need: a change, personal effects such as a toothbrush, toothpaste and a towel. Also put your documents, phone and jewellery in this bag.
The day of the move
On the day of the move, be ready when the removal company arrives. Make sure they have the correct new address and your mobile phone number for every eventuality. They will do all the work, you don’t have to worry about lifting anything. In the house you just have to read the utilities and remember to disconnect water, electricity and gas for safety.
Make sure you’ve got everything you need, including the removal bag with all your most valuable documents and items.
The following weeks
The next day, he checks that all the bureaucratic procedures are in order and, above all, that the gas, water and electricity have been connected.
Start by cleaning the rooms and the kitchen. Open the most important boxes (they will have already been divided by room) and put the things you use most in the closets. Don’t rush. Proceed step by step, day by day. Removals are not a relay. You have changed houses and like everyone else you need some time to get used to them.
One last tip for the move. Introduce yourself to the neighbours, maybe with a nice cake or some pastries made by you.
Now you know what to do when you move. Keeping stress under control by having a list of things to do step by step is already a good starting point. Now it’s your turn.