Planning a house move by creating a checklist is one of the first things you should do. This will ensure that you can keep track of all the tasks to ensure a well organised relocation. The following list should help you sort out some of those important tasks that are so easily overlooked.
Before you pack your belongings you should make sure you book your removal company at least a week in advance of your move.
You should also make sure that you defrost your fridge and freezer and allow all the water to drain out. After you have done this, leave the fridge doors open for a few days prior to packing to release any moisture that may still be in the fridge.
Make sure that you return all library books or rented DVDs to your local library or rental shop. This will prevent you from being fined for late returns or lost items.
Make sure that you keep items like keys, passports, driving licenses in a safe place so that nothing is inadvertently lost during the packing process.
When you have to move computer equipment, lock down your hard disk if possible. Also label your boxes as “Fragile Electrical Items” so that they are handled carefully as kept away from moisture.
You should discard of all flammable or dangerous goods before you move. These cannot be stored or transported and will have to be taken by you if you intend to keep them. These include ammunition, cans of paint, gas cylinders, nail polish, bleach products, linseed oil, kerosene, vegetable oils, batteries, charcoal, petrol, cleaning fluid, aerosols, matches and lighters. They are all banned items. Also do not attempt to pack or move gas cylinders, unless they have been purged by a professional.
Try to switch off your air conditioning and make use of them only if necessary during the last few days before you move. Furniture that is kept in a constantly air conditioned environment can condensate when it is suddenly exposed to hot air. By allowing your furniture to slowly adapt to the change in temperature can help to eliminate moisture during transit.
Ask your man and van company for more advice on moving and packing.