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5 Essential moving tips: What NOT to do for a smooth relocation

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Moving can be an exciting adventure towards a new beginning. But it’s no secret that it comes with its share of challenges. Between packing boxes, sorting belongings, and managing logistics, it’s a mix of precision and planning.

The key to a successful move doesn’t just stop in what you need to do right. But also in what you shouldn’t do. Steering clear of certain pitfalls can make a whole big difference to your move. Here are five moving tips of things ‘not-to-do’ for a smooth and seamless relocation.

1. Don’t disappear when service providers are working

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Just like a complex machine operates smoothly under the watchful eye of an operator, your move needs proper supervision and communication to ensure every step is executed flawlessly. Every service provider, from packers to cleaners, plays a critical role in the mechanics of your moving process. Neglecting this aspect can lead to confusion and disorder, much like a machine sputtering without guidance.

The Consequences of Unsupervised Removalists

Imagine the chaos of finding your couch in the kitchen or your bed frame still unassembled when you’re ready to call it a day. You know where everything needs to go and it makes perfect sense in your head. But removalists can sometimes have a different view, or run into issues like the fridge won’t fit through the door and having to come up with a plan B. Such scenarios convert your moving day into an unexpected and unwanted workout session, adding to the stress and fatigue. Being present can make all the difference. If you can’t be there, try to bring in a friend. Or at the worst case, give written instructions for anything really important that you can’t live without on your first night (e.g. assembly of your beds). 

It ensures that your heavy and bulky items are not just moved. But also placed thoughtfully and correctly, respecting the layout of your new home and saving you the hassle of rearranging later.

Avoiding Miscommunication with Packers

Mislabeling a box is like misplacing a piece of a puzzle – it disrupts the entire picture. Being present or providing comprehensive instructions ensures every piece finds its rightful place in your new home. This vigilance ensures that each item is not only packed securely but also labelled accurately, paving the way for a seamless transition into your new home. 

It’s about creating a clear map for your future self, turning a potentially chaotic unpacking process into an organised and efficient one. Remember, clarity in communication today can save hours of sorting tomorrow.

Ensuring Cleaning Meets Your Standards

The term ‘clean’ can be subjective, and what your cleaning service considers spotless might not match your standards. It’s crucial to communicate your expectations clearly, specifying areas that often get overlooked, like inside cabinets, appliances, or beneath furniture. It’s also a good idea to communicate the real estate agents exact specifications. This makes it easier when it’s time to hand over the keys. 

Performing a walkthrough once the cleaning service has done their part allows you to inspect their work closely. This ensures that your old home is left in the condition you expect, ready for its new occupants or for the final inspection by your landlord or agent.

2. Don’t Forget to Double-Check Details with Service Providers

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The devil is in the details, and in moving, overlooking the smallest detail can lead to monumental mix-ups. Overlooking even the smallest of these can lead to significant missteps, turning what should be a well-orchestrated move into a series of unfortunate events. Also, make sure to provide information that you may think is unimportant but can make a big difference on moving day. Things like your apartment number in the building and an alternative contact number can mean that time isn’t wasted on arrival and everything will flow smoothly.

The Pitfalls of Incorrect or Missing Information

Imagine the moving truck going to the wrong location the morning of your move. Or worse, loaded with all your worldly possessions, ending up in a completely different neighbourhood. Or your calls going unanswered because the number provided was off by a digit. These scenarios, although uncommon, do happen and are more than just inconvenient. They can derail your entire moving schedule and add unnecessary stress to an already demanding day. 

It’s essential to review and confirm every piece of information you provide — from addresses to contact numbers. This vigilance acts as the GPS for your moving journey, ensuring that every service provider arrives at the right location, at the right time, ready to perform their tasks efficiently.

Having bookings in writing makes this super simple to check. 

The Importance of Confirming the Scope of Services

Communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity. Without a clear understanding of the scope of services, your movers might arrive unprepared for the actual scale of the job. Perhaps they brought a truck that’s too small for your belongings, or they didn’t anticipate the need for special equipment to handle oversized items. This can lead to delays, increased costs, or even potential damage to your valuables. 

To prevent these issues, it’s crucial to provide these details to your service providers in writing beforehand. Confirm not just the volume but also the nature of the items to be moved. Are there delicate antiques, heavy pieces of furniture, or specialised equipment? Ensuring your service providers are fully aware of and prepared for the task at hand sets the stage for a smooth and efficient moving day.

3. Don’t Underestimate the Value of Strategic Planning

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Moving is a game where strategic planning is not just your winning card; it’s your entire game plan. It’s about foreseeing the challenges and having a plan B (and even a plan C, D, E) ready. This is to ensure that your move is as seamless and stress-free as possible.

The Need for a Buffer Day

No matter how meticulously you plan, the unpredictable nature of life can still throw a wrench into the most well-laid plans. Allocating a buffer day gives you breathing space to tackle those last-minute hitches. This gives you the flexibility to to address any unexpected issues that arise. 

Whether it’s a last-minute repair, or additional cleaning, having this extra day can be the difference between a frantic move and a composed transition. It’s a crucial part of your strategy, allowing you to adapt and overcome without the pressure of the ticking clock.

Elevator Reservation Essentials

In the realm of moving, the elevator is more than just a convenience. It’s a critical resource, especially in high-rise buildings. Competing for elevator space without a reservation can lead to frustrating delays and logistical nightmares which can cost significant dollars. Often large buildings have rules around when you can move in as well. And if you don’t reserve it, your removalist might be delayed, or worse, turned away. By reserving the elevator, you’re not just securing a spot for your belongings; you’re ensuring a timely and orderly move. This foresight prevents the congestion and chaos of moving day, allowing for a smooth vertical journey for your items, from your old home right to the doorstep of your new one.

Timely Utility Management

The last thing you want is to move into darkness or lack of internet. Schedule the disconnection and reconnection of your utilities well in advance. By doing this, you’re not just moving your belongings; you’re ensuring the immediate livability of your new space. It’s about more than convenience; it’s about transforming a new house into a home from the very first moment. Proactive utility management is a testament to the power of strategic planning, making your move not just efficient but truly harmonious.

4. Don’t Overlook the Need for Dependants’ Care

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In the whirlwind of moving, it’s vital not to forget the emotional and physical well-being of your little ones and furry friends. The big move can be just as unsettling for them as it is for you, and their comfort and safety should be a priority.

Children and Pets

Moving day can be chaotic and potentially hazardous for children and pets. The constant movement, unfamiliar faces, and open doors can pose risks. By arranging care for them – whether it’s a playdate at a friend’s house, a fun day with relatives, or the attentive care of a professional pet sitter – you’re providing a secure environment for your dependents. This not only safeguards them from the physical hazards of an active move but also spares them the emotional stress of seeing their familiar environment being packed away. 

For you, it means being able to focus fully on the task at hand; secure in the knowledge that your loved ones are happy and well-cared for. This thoughtful planning helps maintain a calm and controlled atmosphere, ensuring that the move progresses smoothly and efficiently. With your mind at ease, knowing that everyone including your most vulnerable family members, is experiencing as little disruption as possible.

5. Don’t Ignore Communication with Your Real Estate Agent

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Your real estate agent is more than just a mediator; they are your guide through the legal and procedural maze of moving. Clear, consistent communication with your agent is not just beneficial; it’s essential.

Setting Expectations with Your Agent

Misunderstandings with your real estate agent can lead to post-move headaches. Be it around the condition of the property or deposit deductions. To mitigate these risks, it’s crucial to maintain an open dialogue with your agent. Discuss your moving timeline, the specifics of your lease agreement, and any obligations you need to fulfil before handing over the keys. If you’re unsure about the expectations for the property’s condition upon your departure, seek clarification. This might involve discussing cleaning standards or the procedure for reporting and repairing any damage. 

By ensuring that you and your agent are on the same page, you can avoid the common pitfalls that often sour the moving experience. It’s about creating a harmonious move-out process, where transparency and mutual understanding pave the way for a positive and dispute-free transition. Remember, a successful move isn’t just about getting to your new home. It’s about respectfully and responsibly concluding the chapter on your old one.

Move Happily with Happly

Moving is not just about packing boxes; a successful move is brought about by meticulous planning, clear communication, and an understanding of what not to do. By steering clear of these communication pitfalls, you pave the path for an easier and calmer move and a stepping stone. Rather than an impediment to a joyful new chapter in your life.

Embarking on your moving journey doesn’t have to be a solo venture. Happly is here to guide you through each step, ensuring your move is more than just a change of address — it’s a seamlessly planned experience. From packing to unpacking, from coordinating with service providers to ensuring every detail is accounted for, Happly is your moving buddy. 

Check out our range of services and let’s make your next move your best move. 

Here’s to moving, Happly ever after!

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