Mike Lightbourn's Bahama Advice Column
How to Avoid the Moving Nightmare
2017-06-23 12:29:43 by Mike Lightbourn
There’s no way to sugar coat it.
Moving into a new home in the Bahamas or anywhere can be a nightmare.
Even in the best case scenario, there may be moments when you doubt your sanity.
This can be especially true if you’re waiting for one of the utility companies to transfer service or schedule hook-up.
The thing that most people love about living in the Bahamas - that nice laid back feeling aka "Bahamian time" -
can bite if you're in a hurry.
The good news is that with a little careful planning, you can reduce a lot of stress when moving into your new Bahamas home.
The most important tool in your arsenal is a simple punch list. Make a list of everything you need to do – from arranging for Bahamas Power and Light to cut the power on to freezing a few days’ worth of meals – and check each item upon completion.
If you’re taking furniture with you, measure the rooms beforehand to see what will fit where.
Ask your Bahamas Real Estate Association agent for room sizes, if necessary. If it won’t fit, you won’t want to move it.
Purge! Purge! Purge!
A couple of months before the move, start to declutter your home. Get rid of junk and things you have no use for.
Start packing whatever you can well in advance of the move, such as books and collectibles. Use a colour coded label system for easy identification.
For instance, A green label for dishes , glasses and utensils, a red label for linens and so on.
If it’s summer, pack your “winter” clothes in advance and vice versa. Pack all but the essentials from your tool shed or garage.
Work your pantry down.
Just Before the Move
Fasten your seatbelt. Your world is going to turn upside down for a bit! Here’s how to get through the worst of it.
Plan a wardrobe for seven days that includes everything you’ll need for work, play and lounging. This will save you the hassle of having to look through various boxes and suitcases until you can unpack everything.
These clothes will go straight into the bedroom closets and drawers of your new home.
Ditto for sheets, pillows and pillow cases – one week’s supply.
Pack a box for towels, soaps, shampoo, shaving gear, cosmetics and so on.
Cleaning supplies you’ll need right away go in a separate, colour coded box.
Pack the coffee maker, coffee, kettle, sugar, a pot, frying pan, a few plates, glasses, utensils, can opener – anything you need for the early days – in a box that goes straight in the kitchen. Don’t forget pet food. You can unpack everything else later.
Valuables at Your Fingertips
Secure your valuables. Pack your jewellery, passports, legal documents and so on in a safe box and carry it with you personally, or secure in a safe location.
Last but not least, pack a kit that will include medicines, keys, phone #s, emergency #s, contact info for Bahamas Power and Light, Cable Bahamas and Bahamas Telecommunications and your Punch List and so on.
Here's to your new Bahamas home!
Questions? Email me at email@example.com.
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(Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty)
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