Building a new home is incredibly exciting. The day you finally get to move in is probably one you’ve been looking forward to for months. But there’s a lot to think about when it comes to moving. Before you start packing, here’s some tips to help make life easier.
Most of us have way too many belongings and moving them all can be a real pain. That’s why it’s a great idea to clear out of everything you don’t need before you move. This will require you to get tough. If you last used it five years ago, then you probably don’t need it.
Anything you don’t want to take with you can be given away to friends and family, sold at a garage sale or online, or donated to charity.
While it can be tempting to quickly throw everything you own into boxes, this can cause headaches further down the line. To help you find things easily at your new home, you need to label, label, label. It’s also a good idea to pack things you’ll need straight away in your new home in the same boxes, so you can unpack those boxes first.
Fragile items need extra care to ensure they don’t break in transit. Investing in good packing supplies like bubble wrap is a good idea, especially if you’re moving a long way or interstate. They aren’t expensive and are available from hardware stores and moving companies.
Those who have moved a few times will tell you, the most important rooms to unpack first are the kitchen and the lounge room. We’re all perfectly happy to live out of a cardboard box for a closet for a few days, but if you can’t find a knife to spread your butter in the morning and the TV doesn’t work, the emotions can run hot!
You don’t necessarily need a removalist if you have lots of friends and family who can help. But that this free labour comes at a different cost. The next time they’re moving, you’ll have to help them in return. If you don’t want to end up owing people favours, then you might want to consider getting a removalist. They can do everything for you, including packing and unpacking every single item. However, removalists charge by the hour, so this can get expensive.
Your best bet is to decide how much you want your removalist to do in advance, then call three or four to get some quotes. But don’t just pick your removalist based on the cheapest quote. Read reviews on Google, Facebook and other online review sites to make sure you’re getting someone reliable.
Lots of people tend to forget this one until the last minute, but it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Call your current gas, electricity and other utility providers to let them know the date you’re moving out, so they can disconnect you and come out and read your metre. Living without the internet is not fun for anyone. Sometimes it can take a couple of weeks to get connected, so make sure you do your research and give your providers lots of notice.
It’s a good idea to redirect your mail with Australia Post for all those people or companies that you forget to contact with your new address. Look at changing to email bills where possible. Not only will this help the environment, it may also save you on paper bill fees charged by some businesses.
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. You’re in your home and all your stuff is there too. But now what? The first step is to prioritise. Ask yourself what do you need right now? Plug in the fridge, assemble your bed so you have somewhere to sleep and unpack the boxes with your necessities, like basic kitchen supplies and your toiletries. You might also want to find a local takeaway and order yourself a pizza to celebrate the first night in your home.
The most important thing to remember is that at the end of all this moving you’ll have an amazing new home to live in. Moving is a necessary process but it’s worth all the effort in the end.
Blog posted: March 23, 2018
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