Moving has been rated in the top 4 most
stressful things a person can do in their life, but it doesn’t have to
be that way. The best way to minimise stress is to be ORGANISED.
Here are a few hints to make
moving into your new home in Turkey go smoothly!
6 – 8 Weeks before the move
Make out an inventory of what you
have, in detail. This will help you with a moving company’s quote,
insurance, and it also gives you a ‘bird’s eye view’ of what you
own, which can help you decide what you want to keep and what you
want to dispose of.
Decide what you will take and what
you need to get rid of. What ever you are not going to take,
dispose of – sell, give away or throw away. The more you take, the
more it costs.
Locate all important papers like
Birth Certificates, passports, insurance papers, medical papers,
wills etc and put them all together in one place. It is advisable
to take these papers with you rather than run the risk of them
getting lost in the move. Also consider what other valuables
(jewellery etc) you would be better to carry personally.
Start collecting suitable moving
boxes and packing supplies – newspapers, bubble wrap, packing tape,
etc. If you are hiring a removalist company, ask them about the
boxes they can supply – how much they cost, and how big they are.
Boxes used by removalist companies are specially designed to prevent
damage, so this may need to be taken into consideration.
4 – 5 weeks before the move.
Give your new address to
Family and Friends
Banks, Insurance Companies,
Credit Card Companies, Phone and Electricity companies, any
3 Weeks before the move
If you are using a removalist
service, notify them if any plans have changed, if you need to
change the date of the move, or if you have more or less for them to
transport. Also decide how much of the packing you will do
yourself, and how much you want them to do. Inform them of this.
If you have house plants, consider
giving them to friends. They can be difficult and messy to move,
and if you are moving internationally, they may not be allowed to
If you have pets, you will need to
make arrangements for their transportation. If you are moving
internationally, you will need to find out if quarantine procedures
apply. If you have veterinarian certificates, such as vaccination
certificates, locate them and keep them with your other important
1 Week before the move
Label the boxes at the time of
packing, to make it easier to find what they contain and which room
they should into. You may want to label them with the room they
should go to (eg kitchen), or with contents (eg cookbooks)
Things to Carry Personally
After your move.
The removalist company should contact
you 24 hours before they are expecting to arrive. You should be
there when they reach your place, or if this is not possible, you
should designate another responsible person to be there. If this is
the case, notify the removalist company of the person’s name, as
they will have to sign for your furniture when it arrives.
They will also be responsible for noting
on the inventory sheet if there are any changes in condition of the
goods, damages, missing items, etc. By signing the inventory sheet, you
are acknowledging the receipt of all items listed. Payment is usually
also required at this point.
Try to ensure that the movers place
the furniture where it will live, assemble any items that they have
dismantled, and unpack any boxes they have responsibility for. This
ensures that you won’t break your back trying to move things later,
and that any damage or loss is identified while the movers are still
there. It may also minimize disputes, such as whether you broke it
when you were placing or unpacking it, or whether it was broken by
the movers at some stage.
Removalist Companies Tips
Find out what the mover’s policy covers,
especially their guidelines on replacement or repair of damaged items,
and new for old or depreciated value for lost items.
Ask about what they offer if the damaged
or lost item is part of a set, or an antique. In these cases, repair or
paying a depredated value may not be acceptable solutions.
Find out what your home and contents
insurance policy covers, especially individually noted items, if you do
the move yourself, or if you hire a removalist company.
Ask about the difference in insurance for
boxes they pack versus boxes you pack.
Ask the removalist company if their
insurance covers public liability issues in relations to access to the
old and new locations, and in transit.
What sort of boxes do they supply? (For
example, book boxes, glass/wine boxes, wardrobe/hanging clothes boxes,
Are the boxes included in the quote, or
do you pay separately for them?
If you use boxes other than those
supplied by the company, does it affect insurances?
Ask what the quote includes, for example,
boxes, pre-pack, unpack, insurance, etc.
Ask if the company has a ‘generic’
inventory – a form with normal household goods listed, with a space for
you to write quantity and description. If they do supply one, ask for a
copy. This helps you to get organised, and helps them give an accurate
Ask if the company has a pre-pack
service. This is where the removalist comes to your house a day or so
before the move and packs items not in use.