When planning a relocation of any kind, hiring a truck is the first thing that everyone remembers. After all, you have all that furniture to move, right? Well, while this may be true, the very act of moving should be the least of your worries. Before you even get to that part, there are so many tasks you should complete. First, you need to make a moving budget, schedule everything properly, notify all interested parties, prepare your family/roommates/organization for this process and pack everything properly. That being said, there are at least five basic tasks you should complete before making a call to book your truck hire.
1. Smart packing
The first thing you need to understand is that the number of trucks you will have to hire or the number of rounds you will have to complete depends on the amount of furniture you intend to take. Even with the fixed number of items, the inefficient packing process can result in having to hire an additional truck (two instead of one or three instead of two e.g.), which is something you need to avoid at all costs. Therefore, start acquiring boxes and fitting items in time, and in this way, you’ll get the opportunity to customize your packing effort to meet your specific situation, should the need arise.
This is also a great opportunity for you to show some environmental awareness. The more trucks you hire, the greater environmental impact of your move becomes. Furthermore, when buying packing supplies, make sure to go with something biodegradable or reusable. In this way, you’re doing your part for the preservation of the environment.
2. Ask around for available services
The next thing you need to do is start calling people and inquiring about prices of specific services. Let’s take for instance a situation in which you’re moving your office from Gold Coast to Brisbane. Even though you might not be ready to book the truck just yet, simply checking truck rentals in Brisbane is definitely something you should do as soon as possible. Of course, this is just one of the services you’ll have to inquire on, seeing as how you’ll also need a cleaning crew and a new broadband provider.
3. Notify everyone who needs to know
It would be rude and insensitive towards your neighbors to just have a truck arrive one day and take you away never to be seen again. Of course, you don’t actually have to organize a farewell party but it would be wise to let everyone know you’re leaving. In this day and age, staying in touch is much easier (thanks to the existence of social networks), yet, you still might want to give some of your favorite neighbors your new address and phone number.
Aside from this, you should also notify some of your relatives in order to avoid an unpleasant situation where they come for a surprise visit only to encounter future tenants in your home. In a situation where you’re moving a business, you need to notify your partners and suppliers, as well as to send a timely warning to your customers. It might also be a good idea to organize a party so that your team will be able to say goodbye to the old office one last time.
4. Take some photos
The next thing you should focus on is what you leave behind. Upon entering a new office, it’s always smart to take photos of the place, in order to prove that any damage that was there upon your arrival was caused by the previous tenant. Even if you’ve failed to do so as soon as you moved in, it might be a good idea to do so before you start packing. In this way, you’ll not only get a memento of your previous office, but also have a tangible proof in case one of the items gets mishandled or misplaced during the move.
5. Cancel your subscriptions
Lastly, you need to pay all your pending bills and cancel all of your subscriptions before you move out. In this way, you can settle all your obligations at a current location and go to your next office or home with a clean slate. The last thing you need is to start the next chapter of your life with some of the ties still firmly rooted in your previous location.
Once you have all of these tasks out of the way, you can safely call and book your truck for hire. Nonetheless, this is not the end of your moving ordeal, seeing as how there’s still plenty of work to do. However, by sticking to the schedule and doing everything in proper order, you’ll make this move much easier for everyone.