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The Ultimate Moving Checklist: A Comprehensive Guide by VaiVan Experts

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Moving can be an overwhelming process, but having a comprehensive checklist can help ensure a smooth and organised relocation. In this blog post, VaiVan's experts share the ultimate moving checklist to help you stay on track and make your move as stress-free as possible.

Two Months Before the Move

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Assess Your Moving Needs

Start by determining the size and scope of your move. This will help you decide whether you need a full-service moving company like VaiVan, or if you can manage the move yourself.

Research Moving Companies

Begin researching and comparing moving companies. Look for reviews, ask for recommendations, and request quotes from reputable companies like VaiVan.

Sort and Declutter

Take the time to sort through your belongings and declutter. Donate, sell, or discard items you no longer need to make the moving process more efficient.

Six Weeks Before the Move

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Choose a Moving Company

Select a moving company and confirm the moving date, time, and services required. Be sure to choose a trusted and reliable company like VaiVan.

Notify Important Parties

Inform your employer, schools, and other important parties about your upcoming move to ensure a smooth transition.

Order Packing Supplies

Purchase or gather packing materials such as boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, and packing tape. VaiVan offers high-quality packing supplies for added convenience at a very cheap price.

One Month Before the Move

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Start Packing

Begin packing non-essential items, such as seasonal clothing, decorations, and rarely used items. Label your boxes clearly and create an inventory list. Alternatively, you can leave this to VaiVan and we will pack all of your belongings for you that you are moving on the moving day or if agreed we will come prior to the moving date to pack everything.

Create a Moving Binder

Organise important documents related to your move, such as contracts, receipts, and moving estimates, in a dedicated binder or folder.

Notify Service Providers

Contact your utility providers, cable, and internet companies to transfer or cancel services at your current address and set up new services at your new home.

Two Weeks Before the Move

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Continue Packing

Pack the majority of your remaining belongings, leaving only essential items for the last few days.

Prepare Appliances

Clean and disconnect large appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers. Ensure they are ready for transportation on moving day.

Confirm Moving Details

Check in with your moving company, such as VaiVan, to confirm the moving date, time, and services.

One Week Before the Move

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Finish Packing

Pack the last of your belongings, including essential items you'll need immediately after the move.

Prepare a Moving Day Essentials Box

Pack a box with essential items for the first day in your new home, such as toiletries, clothes, and important documents.

Moving Day

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Oversee the Move

Be present on moving day to guide and communicate with your VaiVan moving team. Ensure all items are accounted for and that the moving truck is loaded correctly.

Perform a Final Walkthrough

Before leaving your old home, conduct a final walkthrough to ensure nothing has been left behind and that the property is clean and ready for the new occupants.

Settle into Your New Home

Once you arrive at your new home, supervise the unloading process and ensure your belongings are placed in their designated rooms.


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Unpack and Organise

Begin the unpacking process, starting with the most essential items and working your way through the boxes. Create a plan for organising your new space and take your time to set up your home the way you want it.

Update Your Address

Update your address with important institutions, such as banks, insurance providers, and government agencies. Additionally, notify your friends and family of your new address.

Explore Your New Neighbourhood

Familiarise yourself with your new surroundings by visiting local parks, shops, and community centres. Take the time to introduce yourself to your new neighbours and start building connections in your new community.

The moving process can be overwhelming, but having a comprehensive checklist can help you stay organised and ensure a smooth transition. By following this ultimate moving checklist from VaiVan's experts, you'll be well-prepared for a successful and stress-free relocation. Trust VaiVan for all your moving needs and experience the exceptional service and support that sets us apart.

Whether you choose us to move you or another service provider, we wish you the best of luck with your move as after all we're all here to help! :)

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