What Should You Include In The Moving Checklist ?
There are so many important things that you don’t want to forget when compiling the moving checklist, that you may often go through all your belongings again and again, and keep checking the labels of the boxes to make sure that you know what’s inside. There are some specific objects, which really require special care. Take a look at the following examples:
– Fragile objects. Mirrors, paintings, glass countertops or cups – they all are fragile objects that require special care when handling the removal boxes they’re placed in. That’s why you want to label all the boxes with these items with the “Fragile” label. Keep in mind that when including these objects in your checklist, a great idea is to make a completely different column only for these items.
Treat them as a completely different part of your belongings. You can even make a completely new checklist if you are planning a house relocation with all the kitchen appliances, kitchen robots, electronic devices, flat screen TV, etc. They all are very fragile and delicate objects, and it would be safer it they are packed individually, handled individually and more carefully.
– The heavy items may also be included in a different small checklist of their own or you may organize the checklist by starting with the biggest items, which usually are the heaviest ones. They require heavy lifting and the strongest family members should be informed in advance about the heavy items that they should handle.
Supply your helpers with gloves for heavy lifting and heavy-duty handling straps, while, in the checklist, you can include the approximate weight and size of every big object in the description column.
– The small accessories and the smallest items should also take a special place in your checklist for domestic removals. These are the tiny little objects, which can easily be lost somewhere within the boxes, as well as being not that easy to find when unpacking your possessions in the new house.
A useful tip is to make different columns in your checklist for the different rooms, where these small items belong. Use only small boxes, where the small items can fit properly.
– The dismantled furniture may look quite heavy and difficult to lift and handle, but dismantling is the best way to ensure their safety and yet use less of the valuable storage space in the moving van. Not all the furnishings can be dismantled. A small separate column for the dismantled ones should be enough for the movers to decide whether to handle these heavy items first or to leave them for last.
– When organising your checklist, organise it by rooms or in a mixed layout. The rooms’ organisation is often the preferred choice if you are moving out of a huge two- or three-storey house with plenty of rooms. Then, the first column of the checklist should contain the name of every room, while the second column should contain only the objects from this room.
Such an arrangement provides plenty of other advantages. For instance, you can avoid making more columns for the labels of the moving boxes if they are the same as the names of the rooms. A checklist formed in such a way may look like a collection of numerous sheets that look like small checklists themselves. Unpacking in the new house can be done in the same rooms where the items belong. The mixed type of moving checklist lets you organize your possessions in more columns by the name of the item, the room from where it is taken, the name of the label of the box where it is stored, and an extra column for some important notes for the item.