Ah, moving day! Every homebuyer’s much-awaited date—you finally get to move into your own home. Despite the adrenaline you’re likely to feel during this eventful day, it can take a toll on you.
You have to pack your worldly possessions, coordinate with your movers, and ensure pets and children are looked after during the move.
With so many things going on, some people move out of their homes and leave important valuables behind, says Peter Borain, founder and head of Movepal, an on-demand uber-like moving service
"You'd be surprised how many people hide valuables like jewellery and money under floorboards, in light fittings, in wall spaces, in ceilings, even at the back of ovens and in air conditioning units,” he says
"Some people take things out of pockets when washing and put them on top of the washing machine or on shelves above or nearby. The movement of the washing machine can create vibrations that cause things to move or even fall behind cupboards and other areas.”
Moving day is an exciting yet stressful affair, as it takes a whole load of planning, organising and labelling boxes. Not only that, but you also have to ensure that your things are secured during transit.
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Here are things that could make moving day a lot easier for you, and avoid leaving those precious valuables behind, according to Borain:
- Do thorough checks before you move into a new property. Search it well and check areas where things may have inadvertently been left behind or forgotten. If you have access to a metal detector, give the property—including the yard—a good going over. You'd be surprised by what you may find.
There are plenty of stories about people who have discovered things in their walls, roof and under-house area. Finds include valuable movie posters, comics, works of art, money, rare coins, stamps, and much more. Often these things have been found when people are renovating or simply looking for something else in the property.
- Create an inventory. Borain advises to take your time and write an inventory of everything before the movers arrive. This way you have a list of all the items you are moving and can work through it when you arrive at your destination, ensuring all items have arrived.
- Label boxes clearly. It’s common sense, but labelling is one of the most important aspects of moving. This ensures when you arrive at your new home you know where to put the boxes, making the moving process so much easier!
- Check everywhere when you leave. Once you have packed and removed your belongings, go through empty cupboards, draws and shelves thoroughly. Things can get pushed to the back or even end up sticking to the top of drawers. Check in ceiling cavities, under loose carpets, in pot plants and gardens, behind doors. If the washing machine or other white goods are staying, pull them out and check behind and under them.
- Don't forget the safe. Some properties do have a safe and you'd be surprised how many people forget to check it. Give it a once over to see if there are things you left behind.
- Use quality moving boxes. Moving from one place to another means valuables and items of sentimental value will be moving too. Using quality moving boxes helps to minimise the risk of boxes breaking or falling apart while in transit. Make sure you use boxes designed for moving where possible.
Other things that could make your move easier are:
- A moving day kit. One sure-fire way to panic during your move is not having everything you need on hand, which may result in opening boxes you so thoroughly organised just so you could get that baby wipe you need.
To avoid this frantic scenario and ensure that you have all the things you need to survive moving day, consider making a kit especially for this event. Your kit may include:
- Your keys
- Documents and IDs
- Baby wipes
- Change of clothes
- Cleaning products
- First aid kit
- Garbage bag
Keep you moving day kit close to you at all times. This way you’d be more at ease knowing every possible thing you may need for this big day is all in one bag. A luggage bag may be ideal to store all of the stuff for kit—you could easily organise it and reach for things you need, instead of taking out each object if you store it in a backpack.
- Doing a head count. No one wants a Home Alone situation during moving day! Make sure to account for every person and furry friend during your move. Ask your friends and family to help you out. Perhaps they could babysit for a few hours while you move your stuff to your new abode.
Know that moving isn’t just stressful for you—your kids and pets may also feel the stress the chaos this day could bring. Be patient and take a few minutes to yourself and relax.
- Consider security. It would be a nightmare to have your things stolen during moving day. Do not leave your items unattended on the street. Consider giving each adult family member an assigned area to watch during the move. Double-check your locks, taps and power points to see if everything is in place.
There is no use freaking out during moving day. While it takes a lot of your energy, try to see the bigger picture—you’re moving to your own home, and once it’s over, you’re the further-est from moving you’ll ever be!