A move must be meticulously prepared in order to avoid breakage and loss of parcels on D-Day. Here is a list of 10 tips for organizing a move as well as possible: choice of carrier or rental of a vehicle, packaging, administrative formalities, etc.
10 tips for a successful move
1) Schedule your move
A move requires many administrative formalities before and after the change of accommodation. For your old accommodation, you must terminate the lease with the owner within the conventional French deadlines as well as the energy, telephone, internet, post office and insurance contracts (to be reinstated in your new accommodation). Once all the administrative formalities have been completed and the moving date has been scheduled, you can concentrate on the move itself. Do not forget to make the inventory of fixtures of exit or purchase when you return or give the keys.
2) Take the services of a moving company
Do you want to take care of the move? Hire professional movers . However, we advise you to make several quotes because the prices for a move can fluctuate enormously according to the companies. Also pay attention to the services offered, some only provide transport while others can offer you several formulas from simple transport to all-inclusive. Prefer a mover who comes on site to establish his estimate in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises on D-Day.
3) Ask for help
The services of a company are too expensive? Move yourself and unless you only have two boxes and a bed to carry, ask your family and friends to help you and plan a moving date when everyone will be available.
4) Get boxes before the move
A move is rarely done overnight except in specific cases, take the lead by gathering strong boxes of several sizes and volumes. Ask supermarkets or those around you if they have any boxes to give you in order to save money on this item.
5) Think about storage boxes
You must leave your accommodation on a set date but some work is still necessary in your new home and there is no question of cluttering it with boxes or the huge living room furniture. Store your non-vital belongings in a storage box with a specialized service provider or with an individual who offers a location in his cellar via the web.
6) Rent an adapted vehicle
You plan to move without using a professional company, plan early enough to rent a utility large enough to hold enough furniture and boxes. If you can, try to move during the week, renting is often cheaper and utilities more available than on weekends. Also think about those around you who may own this type of vehicle. In the absence of utility, opt for the formula many cars and some trailers.
7) The packaging of objects
Once the biggest steps have been taken, tackle the packaging of your objects and take the opportunity to sort things out (things to throw away, give away or can be resold). During the month preceding the move, start packing the things you will no longer need until the departure so that you only have the essentials to pack on D-Day.
Identify your packaging as well as possible without overloading it and protect your fragile objects.
A moving company does not have the right to pack or even transport valuables, jewelry or even alcohol, in order to avoid any temptation to steal the products and therefore lead to disputes. These objects are and remain your responsibility.
9) The box of basic necessities
After a move, fatigue is felt and it is not easy to unpack the boxes in stride. Prepare a box of first necessities where you will put the vital things to spend the first night in your new accommodation: food for the evening and the morning, toiletries, spare clothes and possibly an inflatable mattress and sleeping bags if your bed is not assembled.
10) Receipt of goods
When using a moving company, it is important to check the condition of the goods and furniture when they arrive in the new accommodation. Fill in the reservations with precise words to describe the problem (broken, lost object, etc.). The team leader of the movers and yourself must initial the document to be valid.