HOW TO ORGANIZE A MOVE IN 4 STAGES

Organize a move

ARE YOU MOVING HOME, OR MAYBE A NEW JOB IS WAITING FOR YOU IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?

Don't let the move take away any of your excitement. To organize a move is not as difficult as you think. Prepare it in advance and everything will go smoothly. Even if you hire a specialized company, when organizing the move there are still things you have to do yourself.

Don't skip any of these steps!

1. AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOU ARE MOVING

TELL YOUR LANDLORD. When it has been finalised, if you are renting and going to leave the place, notify the landlord. If possible, confirm the exact day you will leave the house and write a letter stipulating the day you will be leaving.

REVIEW THE DEPOSIT RETURN CLAUSE. If you are renting, make sure that you meet all of the requirements to request the return of your deposit. If it is necessary to paint the house or repair something it is better that you do it as soon as possible.

REQUEST AT LEAST 3 QUOTES FROM MOVING COMPANIES. Compare the different prices, what each company offers and look at how they differ from one another. Your request must include the exact addresses of the origin and destination as well as the description of how to access to the homes (1st or 2nd floor, elevator etc ...)

Also check the conditions and limitations of the insurance company they work with.

MAKE AN INVENTORY LIST OF EVERYTHING YOU ARE GOING TO MOVE. Moving companies usually request this, although they later make a personal visit to specify details and clarify what work needs to be done.

VALUE THE RENTAL OF A GARAGE OR STORAGE ROOM. You may be interested in renting a storage room for a while if you think it will take a long time to unpack your belongings.

2. SIX WEEKS BEFORE

NOTIFIY ALL OF YOUR SERVICE PROVIDORS. Notify your service provider companies (electricity, water, gas, telephone, banking and insurance services) with the change of your address.

SELL, DONATE AND GIVE AWAY. It is the right time to get rid of everything that you no longer use. Think that the fewer possessions you have, the more economical and easy a move will be.

There are multiple applications and websites for the sale of second-hand items:

 eBay,

 Wallapop

 Facebook

 Marketplace

 Milanuncios

 Vibbo (well - known second hand goods)

 Sellfun (specialising in electronics, mobiles and tablets)

 Letgo (alternative to Wallapop)

 Chicfy (buying and selling clothes)

 BKIE (second hand for cyclists)

If you have friends to help you with the move, offering them something you plan to sell can be a way to reward their support.

3. THREE WEEKS BEFORE

START PACKING (Optional). You can start packing unnecessary items yourself like clothes from other seasons and books. If you hire a moving company, keep in mind that the insurance will not cover the boxes that you have packed.

♥ EXPERT ADVICE

Let the professionals handle fragile items or items that require special packaging if you've never packed before

If on the other hand, you are a handyman and already have experience, prepare all the boxes you can to save costs. By doing so you will identify items quicker when you have to unbox them.

VISIT TO CORREOS. Check with the post office about the possibility of forwarding your postal mail.

NOTIFY PEOPLE OF YOUR MOVE. Make a list of people who should be aware that you are leaving.

4. TWO DAYS BEFORE

DEFROST THE REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER. Clean it well and let it dry for at least 24 hours so it will be ready for your transfer on time. If you don't take it with you, it is also better to leave it clean and disconnected.

PREPARE A FOLDER WITH IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS. For preventing any unforeseen circumstances, it is better to hold onto certain documents that you may need:

  • PASSPORT
  • DNI (IDENTITY DOCUMENT)
  • CARDS
  • BANKING DOCUMENTS
  • CASH MONEY
  • RENTAL CONTRACT

ORGANIZE THE FIRST NIGHT. Leave a box organized with the items that you will need for the first night: toiletry bag, towels, cups, plates, glasses, cutlery and some cleaning products.

By now you will be a little restless and your memory can play tricks on you, leaving your pyjamas in the deepest part of a box. Prepare a checklist to help you with this task.

TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS. Nothing ever happens until it happens. Take photographs of the furniture that you are going to move so that in the event of any damage during the move, you have a backup plan.

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LAST TIPS FOR MOVING DAY

WAKE UP EARLY. It is important that you eat a good breakfast and have a relaxed moment before everything begins. Visualizing your new home and your new life can be an incentive.

BUY FOOD AND DRINKS. It will be a long day and you will appreciate some good sandwiches and plenty of water for everyone at lunch. You can also prepare a thermo flask with coffee or tea.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CASH. You might want to tip the workers at the moving company or send your child out to buy something last minute.

KEEP THE FIRST AID KIT AT HAND. It is possible for someone to get a cut, an abrasion or wound during the move, so a disinfectant, bandages or plasters could come in handy.

MOBILE PHONE CHARGES. Make sure your mobile is fully charged that day and keep the charger in your bag or backpack. You need to be available at all times for the moving company to contact you and even if you think you are not going to talk to anyone, I assure you that you will.

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