Moving into a new home is exciting, but there’s so much to think about and organise, not to mention the dreaded pre-occupation cleaning – because really, who wants to move into someone else’s living space if it hasn’t been properly cleaned and sanitised? But that’s just one of many tasks on the list, so here’s a quick guide to the more important dos and don’ts to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Do Label Everything Correctly

As you pack each box, be sure to attach a label detailing basic contents and designated room – that way you’ll have the right boxes in the right rooms when you get to your new house, saving you time, trouble and energy.

Don’t Pack Without Recording Everything First

Too often people put things in boxes without any forethought, and then somewhere during the move, boxes are damaged or lost and they have no master list to refer back to. So, before you pack, put together an inventory list of all your valuable possessions so that you know what you have, what it’s worth and what you should have when you get to the other side.

Do Reassess Contents Insurance

As you’re busy making that master list while you pack, it provides the perfect opportunity to update and reassess your current contents insurance cover – have you added any new valuables since your last premium assessment or have you perhaps sold something of great value that you no longer need cover for?

Don’t Forget Electronics

For those not technically minded, it can be quite a challenge setting up TVs, DVD players or Xboxes; so before you disassemble all the electronics in your old house, take a photo of the set-up and label all the cords, so that when you arrive at your new home, you have a guide to help you reassemble everything.

Do Organise Pre Occupation Cleaning

No one wants to move into a dirty home, and with an already very long to-do list, it’s the last thing you want to have to worry about. So, be sure to book a pre occupation cleaning slot with the professionals – they’ll clean your new house from top to bottom, including carpet cleaning if it’s needed, so that all you have to do is unpack and enjoy your new space.

Don’t Feel Overwhelmed

It’s easy to feel panicked as moving-day approaches, but with careful planning you can allay most of your fears. On the day, try to relax as much as possible – one way or another you’ll make it to your new home, and all the trouble and energy expended will be worth it.

And remember one of the greatest ways to relax and know that everything is in good hands, is to hire professionals – from the removals company right down to the cleaning crew for your pre occupation cleaning, so if you’re looking for the latter, consider QClean, cleaning specialists who service residential and commercial customers in the greater Cape Town area.

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