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Preparing for your upcoming residential move
Author: Legend Furniture Removals    Date Published: 09 May 2013

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Preparing for a move can be complicated, particularly if you have not moved recently. However, Legend Furniture Removals aims to make the experience as simple as possible for your. Here are some of the tips we have learned along the way in our years as a residential furniture removals company.

Sell, Donate or Give Away

When you decide that you want to move, it's time to start cleaning your house of unnecessary junk and unused items. Now is the time to make the decision to make a fresh start without the clutter.

Of course, one man's junk is another man's treasure, so use these questions as a guideline whether you should give away, donate or sell an item:

  • Does this item have a specific use?
  • Have I used it in the past 12 months?
  • Is it in good enough condition to be sold?
  • Does it have family value or sentimental value?

If you answered 'no' to all the questions, give it away or toss it away - the choice is yours.

Sort Out Your Documents and Transfers

You'll find that a lot of paperwork is involved in moving to a different city or neighbouring state. Here's a basic list of things to take care of:

  • Contact Legend Furniture Removals for a quote for your furniture removal.
  • Notify all your creditors and local services of your change of address and fill in a change of address on the Post Office website.
  • Pick up school and medical records or arrange for them to be forwarded to the new school and doctor.
  • Request appraisals on your most valuable items to arrange for insurance. Be sure to contact your insurer in advance to ensure that your move is covered.
  • Let the utilities companies know when you will be moving into the new home.

Packing Preparations

You can use Legend Furniture Removals' professional expertise if you don't want to do all the packing yourself. However, if you decide that you want to do some of the packing ahead of time, these tips should make it easier for you.

Once you have removed all the clutter, it is time to assess how many boxes you will need and start collecting the boxes. At the same time, get some tissue paper to pack between your clothes, books and breakable items. Visit the stationery shop to buy packing tape, packing bubbles, colour coded labels, bubble wrap and a pad to make lists of items and boxes.

Moving house can be confusing at the best of time; with estimates, papers, receipts, documents, contact details and more required to make this happen, it can easily turn to chaos. Keep a moving file or small box where you store all your records and  move-related documents to ensure everything is in a central location. Throw in an extra set of basic tools, packing tape, labels, utility knife and markers, just to be safe.

In the two weeks leading up to move day

The pressure is on and it's time to start packing up items you will not need to use in the next couple of weeks. Get it out of the way now because procrastination will only add to the stress of move day. Being prepared will not only save you time closer to the time, but it will save costs on your move.

  • Decide what you will do with your children on move day. Ask friends or family members to babysit (and be sure that there's backup in place, just in case) the little ones until you are ready to get in the car and leave the old house for good. Involve older children in age-appropriate moving tasks.

  • Book a kennel for your pets or arrange with Legend Removals to move them for you.

  • Dispose of any unused items that are unsafe to move. This includes combustibles, paint remover, lighter fluid and aerosols. Leave leftover paint, crack filler, pool chemicals and drain cleaner in the garage for the new owners - it's the nice thing to do.

  • Don't buy a lot of perishable food in the last two weeks. Two days before move day, clean out your freezer and leave it open to allow it to dry. Do the same with the refrigerator the day before the move. This will help to prevent any unpleasant odors.

These tips should make for a smooth and relaxed move!

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