Good organization is the key to any successful house move and becomes even more important when children or animals are involved, or when relocating for employment. There is rarely, if ever, much time between leaving one house, moving into the new one and starting the job. Finding work attire, personal paperwork and lunch box are just as important as leaving the kettle unpacked until last. By considering the following tips, individuals and families can ensure that they have the smoothest possible transition between homes and jobs.

Be Prepared.  Individuals who are applying for positions that require relocation need to begin preparing for a potential move as soon as the decision is made. Preparation needs to include making decisions about the following:

  • How will they search for a new home?
  • How will viewings be arranged / managed?
  • What type of property will they be moving into?
  • What will happen to their furniture if the property is temporary / already furnished?
  • Will the partner with the new job move first or will the entire family move together?

Be Organized.  Many decisions cannot be finalized until the job offer has been made. However, it is possible to organize a timetable of events on the assumption of a positive outcome. Important dates and activities that need to be included are:

  • Application for job deadline
  • Interview date
  • Confirmation of offer / acceptance of job date
  • Length of notice period for current job
  • Start date for the new position
  • Notice period required for booking storage units / removal firms
  • When and where will packing boxes / crates be sourced

Be Strict.  Once the deadlines are set and the decisions have been made, it is time to start thinking about packing up. Moving is the ideal time to get rid of anything that is no long relevant to a person’s life. This does not mean that the individuals moving should get rid of everything, but if an item has sat in a drawer for two years, it will probably never be used. Don’t forget to check the attic, basement, garage, and other places where long forgotten treasures and trash could be hiding. Being organized means that the family or individual will have time to donate, sell or auction items that they no longer want, as well as to do the many trips to the tip that are likely to be needed.

Be Logical.  Invest in colored pens and post-its to label boxes and crates. This is particularly important if some things are going into storage. Different colors can be used to indicate different rooms, or mark the things that need to be unpacked first. They can also be used to mark heavy or fragile items.

It is also a good idea to leave one box aside that will travel with the family or individual. This box should store everything that will be needed for at least the first few days of work, including:

  • Any personal paperwork and IDs that are required
  • Work clothes and shoes
  • Any tools or equipment required to start the job
  • Phone charger

Be Choosy.  No matter how well the previous steps have been completed, it could all fall apart if the wrong removal company is chosen. Take the time to talk to the firm of choice and explain the details of the move. Ensure that the company is aware of the reasons for the move and the timetable that needs to be kept. The right service provider will put the needs of the customer first and ensure they fulfill their needs.

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