Moving Guide

Moving home is often quoted as being one of the most stressful experiences we ever go through in our lives. The whole process of packing up our belongings, leaving our home and moving to pastures new is bad enough - add to that the fact that we have to entrust our possessions and their transport to complete strangers and it's no wonder our stress levels soar!

But, like any process, moving is all about being smart and knowing what you're doing. Organization and planning are the most essential tools to make your move problem free.

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Write your to-do list

The first step for you should be to take the time to write down all the tasks you need to do so you don’t forget anything. Check them off as you go and add to it as things arise. A well prepared to do list will ensure you are on top of everything on the day. You may also refer to our checklist.

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Compile personal records

Personal records such as medical, dental, financial, legal etc are very essential documentations. Start collecting this information several months before your actual move. Contact your family doctor, dentist and other specialists you have been to and get copies of your medical records. Your new physicians and dentists will need your history. If you have pets who are moving with you, do not forget their medical records, immunization certificates etc.

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Clear out the closet

Moving house is the perfect time to get rid of all your clutter. Chances are, if you haven't used something in a year, you probably never will!

The kids room/nursery is the best place to start. The clothes may have outgrown, the toys may longer be of interest to your little ones. These can be sold off at a garage sale or even appreciated by a local charity.

In case you have wanted to replace certain household appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers etc, this is the best time. The old ones can be sold or given off and you can arrange for the new ones to be delivered to your new residence.

The house plants if you have any could be handed over to a friend or a neighbor rather than go through the rigorous journey. However if you wish to move them, ask your moving consultant for the best way to do so. Probably they can be transported through a nursery or a florist.

A garage sale will enable you to sell unwanted furniture, appliances, clothing, and other household items that you no longer use, while putting a little more money in your pocket. If you have some items for give away or charity you could contact

Consider motor vehicles including cars, campers, boats, trailers, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. Your mover can take them for you, but if you plan to drive, be sure and have your car and trailer serviced before the trip.

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Choose a professional moving company

The most important decision one has to make to ensure a trouble free move, is the selection of an appropriate relocation/moving company. A lot of factors are considered while making this choice such as professionalism, customer oriented approach, price, references etc. A lot of people make price their top priority, however do not always place price over professionalism a short term gain would be achieved at the cost of excessive delays, stress and issues during the move.

You should look to recruit a company that is flexible enough to cater to your individual needs. This is exactly what we at Twiga aim for – personalized solutions for your personal needs. Another aspect which can prove to be very helpful to you is selecting a company that provides add on services. At Twiga we can offer you a wide range of services on top of their basic removal competencies. These can include packing, unpacking, sale of packaging material, storage facilities, handy man services (such as carpenters etc), maid services and cleaning services.

Also it's especially wise to choose companies that have taken the time and trouble to become accredited members of a moving association or trade body. You can assume from this that they take themselves seriously and you can probably do the same too. They will probably have to adhere to certain standards and you'll have recourse to action if you do have problems

As a guideline you should have chosen your moving company at least 4-8 weeks before your moving day

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Planning the move

Once the recolator has been appointed, you should make a checklist of what you need them to do. This would help them to better understand your needs and make you the most accurate quotes. Some essential information is cited below:

• Your preferred moving dates
• Are you looking to move locally, long-distance or, even internationally? Depending upon the situation and how far you are moving, we may organize to pack some larger items in advance.
• Do you want help with packing, want to hire/buy packing materials or simply want to pack up yourself?
• Will you need the moving company to transport valuable or fragile items?
• Do you need storage facilities?
• How much stuff do you have?
• How much insurance will you need?
• What is the size of your current and new residence?

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Sorting out perishables / non movables

You should remember that there are two categories of things that cannot go with the mover; perishables like frozen foods, and hazardous materials.

Plan your meals to use up the contents of your freezer at least a week before you go. Defrost the freezer and allow it to stand with the door open for three or four days so it will dry out and not mildew in transit. Be sure to block the door so it cannot close accidentally on small children.

Hazardous materials include anything flammable or corrosive, like paint, cleaning products, antifreeze and oil, and of course, gasoline. Also, if you have a gas grill with a tank, be sure the tank is completely empty and has a sticker before the mover takes it.

Keep these types of items clearly separated from everything else so nothing gets packed or moved unintentionally.

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Labeling of packed cartons

Once the packing is done it would be of great assistance if the boxes are labeled per their importance to be unpacked. Mark the boxes according to their priority. Mark [A] for essentials like bathroom items or perishables, [B] for important items but not critical and [C] for things you won’t need anytime soon. Also putting in important markings such as “this way up” or “handle with care” or “Fragile” is a good idea.

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Arrange a babysitter

Kids can get quite disturbed during the packing and move. It’s advisable to arrange a babysitter to look after children during the move, or have them stay at friend’s home while the move is in progress. This would keep you and the kids stress free on the moving day.

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Set up a retreat

Moving day is stressful and you would be on the move the entire time. Having a place where you can take a breather and enjoy a coffee can be truly rejuvenating. So set up one room away for all the activity as soon as possible for yourself and your family to relax.

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Moving can be a stressful time and remembering everything you need to move can make it easier on you.

Our moving checklist and moving guides will help you organize your move and make moving easy.

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