Make your transition from old home to new as painless as possible with our essential tips and hacks for moving day and beyond.
It’s up there with divorce and bereavement as one of the most stressful life events you’ll encounter. But moving house doesn’t have to push you into meltdown territory. Do your preparation and planning right and you’ll be enjoying the comforts of your brand new home in no time.
1. Start planning now
The moment you exchange contracts or sign a new lease is the time to get into moving mode. Block out time in your diary for sorting through and packing your belongings and start making a list of what you’ll need to do before you move.
TIP: Download our moving checklist to help you plan and prepare
2. Packing hacks
Label every box clearly on the top, and all four sides. Including a quick summary of the contents and the room where the box will be unpacked makes things much easier at the other end.
TIP: Find free packing boxes on Gumtree or at your local supermarket.
3. Lighten the load
Clearing the clutter before you pack makes for an easier, cheaper move. Be decisive about what to keep and discard and don’t let nostalgia slow you down.
TIP: Use as much food as you can from your pantry, fridge and freezer before moving day.
4. Bring in the experts
Ask friends and family for referrals for a good removalist and cleaner. Getting professional help lets you focus on preparing for the move and settling into your new home.
TIP: When you’re booking a cleaner, give yourself time to clear everything out – it can take longer than you expect.
5. Utilities, mail, insurance
It’s never too early to arrange mail redirection, relocation of utilities and insurance for your new home. Check with your insurance provider and removal service to make sure your belongings are covered during transit.
TIP: Don’t leave these tasks until the last minute – being without essential services or adequate insurance in your new home is a major headache.
6. Caring for kids and pets
Moving can be a challenging time for your children and animals too. Be sure to make arrangements for their needs so they can feel comfortable and secure throughout the process.
TIP: Remember to update microchip details and ID tags for dogs and cats.
7. Your survival kit
Packing a few essentials and keeping them in your car will make all the difference to your first nights under a new roof. Include snacks and water, toiletries, bath towels, bed sheets, clean clothes, chargers, cleaning supplies, pet bowls and beds, toys and books for kids, a tool and first-aid kit.
TIP: Have an in-car charger handy to keep devices powered up.
8. Unpack like a pro
If you’ve been labelling boxes carefully, getting them all in the right rooms in your new home should be a breeze. Don’t give in to the temptation to stack them in the garage just to get the truck emptied faster, you’ll regret it later when you’re trying to settle in.
TIP: Block out time in your schedule for unpacking to start enjoying life in your new home straightaway.
If you’re looking for a move that costs you less, speaking to an Aussie broker could help you save on your home loan.
Are you getting ready to move house? Share your tips and ideas in the comments below.