Lock out moving day stress factors
Moving home is among life's top five stressful events.
Many people underestimate the enormity of the task.
When you're stressed, what seems obvious can be forgotten, so here's a simple checklist to help you move into your dream home without it becoming a nightmare.
* Charge your mobile phone the night before and put the charger in your car.
* Make sure you have all relevant papers and numbers handy.
* Confirm arrangements with the real estate agent to gain timely access to your new house.
* Label boxes clearly with contents and room.
* Keep screws, bolts, clips and other furniture bits together in zip bags and label these clearly.
* Turn off the hot water, gas and electricity, read all meters and note the readings down in your old home.
* After the house is cleared, do a detailed inspection all round. Take notes and photos of any wear and tear, scratches and damages.
* Remove all rubbish and take to the tip or collection point (you can be charged if you don't).
* Leave keys (labelled) where they can be found but are safe, or drop them to the real estate office.
* Leave the old house secure - lock all windows/doors/garages when you leave -- as you are still liable at this stage.
* Inspect the new house, without furniture or boxes in it, take notes and photos of any wear and tear.
Source: Richard Kuipers, founder of Two Men & a Truck - www.twomen.com.au
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Moving time: Follow a checklist to ensure nothing is forgotten. Picture: THINKSTOCK