January 12, 2019
Are you moving to a new place? Here is a list of all items you need to pack to avoid any disappointments.
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When you are done with your move, partially or completely, at the end of your day there is nothing more important than having a nice shower, a nice meal and clean clothes. Always spare a pair for the night and a pair for the next day before the facilities for your washing up have been installed properly.
keep your wallet and keys at a safe place
Many of us make this mistake. During the hassle of moving, we forget to keep the keys and wallets at a safe place. And it is a problem because it could become extremely difficult to figure out where you left them. Going through your packaging again is definitely not an option. So make sure you have them at a secure place and don't forget that "safe location".
A good idea would be to keep them in your car compartment or storage.
Collect and pack together all your charges
We cannot live without our gadgets. Make sure you collect all the chargers for your devices you have, like laptops, tablets, and phones etc. Also, remember to pack one or two extension cords. You might need them in your new settings before you have set up everything according to your taste.
A first-aid kit is vital
Accidents and mishaps are common during packing, unpacking and moving the heavy objects. Make sure you have a first aid kit with an adequate supply of bandages and antiseptic or antibacterial wipes. Also, include some pain Killers like paracetamol. It is also a good idea to note down the contact information for the response units, both at your current location and the location you are moving to. Just in case of an emergency, you'll know where to look for.
Reassembling your furniture is not that difficult as it looks like. You can do most of it yourself or with the help of a friend or a family member. Bear in mind, it usually takes twice as long to reassemble than disassemble.
For the heavy furniture or the items which are of high end or very expensive, it is a better idea to leave it in the hands of the professionals. Your insurance might refuse your claim in case of a mishap.
A basic toolkit can be enough for most tasks and it doesn't need to be of a professional grade.
There are a few contacts you will need to make, before your move and in the very first few days of your move to your new house. It would help if you can compile and make a list of all necessary numbers. It could be difficult to go through all your bookkeeping and figure out the numbers later. Before you pack, you have the knowledge and clear picture of where to find that information.
Some of the useful numbers you may need are:
- Your moving company
- Your car insurance provider
- Your home insurance provider
- TV Licencing Authority for your change of address
- HM Revenue & Customs for your change of address
- DVLA for your change of address
- Electoral register
- Current local authority/council contact
- Future local authority/council contact
- The contact number for locksmiths
- Recycling serving
- Waste collection service
Coffee, tea bags and the kettle
Moving is stressful. To keep things going like any of the tough jobs out there, coffee or tea is vital. Make sure you pack enough supply of these for the whole duration of the move. Make sure to arrange and pack:
- tea bags
- your kettle
- a few mugs
- and some milk
Water, beverages and snacks
At your new place, you might not have an adequate supply of drinkable water. Along with, during your unpacking, you will need a good supply of refreshment snacks and beverages. Make sure you have enough drinking water and beverages for a day until your house is in order.
New batteries for your devices
While packing your stuff, make a count of all the batteries and their types you have in your devices. Buy and pack them together. At your new place, replace the old batteries with new ones. This will reduce the hassle of changing those running out in coming days.
For all the beds you will install in your new place, you will need clean and fresh beddings. Make sure you have at least one set for each of the beds. A nice and clean bed is vital for a good rest after a long and stressful day of moving.
List and pack toiletries for your new home
The best way to make a list is to check all the items in your current settings before you pack your stuff. Make a list of all the things you use.
Double check any expiration dates or dried out products. Carefully check for any products with no labels, broken or damaged. Discard the items which are about to run out. You can buy them new but make sure to add in to the list.
If it is a long distant move to another country, consider if it's worth moving those items.
Make sure when you make the list, you make it according to your needs at the location you are moving to. If you have more toilets or bathrooms, you will need extra stuff. If you have fewer bathrooms and toilets, like if you are downgrading, you probably will need less stuff so make sure there is no wastage.
Here is a list of commonly used toiletries for your reference.
- Toilet plunger
- Cleaning solution
- Floor Mat
- Toilet paper
- Trash can
- Hand soap
- Body wash
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Washing up liquid
- Hand towels
- Storage unit
Make sure you have your medications
Carefully check any medications you do use on the regular basis. If you are running out, it might be a good idea to go and fetch them from the pharmacy.
In most cases, you will be able to get your Over-the-counter (OTC) medication but it's a different case for prescribed medication.
You won't be able to get one at your new place until you are registered with your local doctor. Do not take any chances. Registrations can take a few days to weeks. Sometimes it could take a few weeks for your historical medical records to arrive at your new doctor and they would not be able to assist you until they have that information.
Consult your doctor and request them for some extra supplies until you are set up with your new medical practitioner.
Be careful with your important documents
Be very careful with your documents. Taking care of them while on the move is critical just as keeping them at a safe place at your home.
Here is a list of important documents to assist you:
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificate divorce document
- national Insurance number / social security card
- Your passport or visa
- Ownership, mortgage, real estate documents
- Rental agreements
- Loan documentation / contracts
- Vehicle ownership and registrations
- Insurance documents
- Drivers license
- Bank statements
- Educational degrees and certificates
Scissors and cutters are your best friend in your new house
Make sure you have the right type of cutters and scissors for the type of packing you have used. Many people make this mistake of not having the right type of cutting device. And also make sure you have a spare one or spare blades, in case.
We can manage without a thing or two but if you have a tiny prince or princess, make sure you pay special attention when packing stuff for them.
Here is a list of baby toiletries to assist you.
- Baby bathtub
- A mini heater
- Baby soap
- Baby shampoo
- A few soft towels / hooded baby towels
- Baby undergarments
- Baby hairbrush
- Gentle laundry detergent
- Diapers Diapers and more Diapers...
Supplies for your pets
Dogs are very curious. It is very important that they feel safe and secure at the new place. Make sure you give them a proper round inside and outside and it is a good idea to keep them on a leash in case they get frightened or scared of anything and you don't have to go running after them into your new neighborhood.
Most cats really don't like change. They prefer their existing settings and can be uncomfortable in a new house.
If you want to make sure your cat gives your new house a green light and accepts your house as part of its kingdom, make sure you don't forget it's requirements.
Read this awesome article about Moving to a New Home with a Cat
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