Your guide to a stress free move!

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  • with Taylah Antoniolli, iThink Property

Are you about to move into a new place? Then, here are important things you need to know to make the move bearable. Forget the moving horror stories, by utilising these tips and tricks you can make moving house a piece of cake!


UTILITY CONNECTION
Call your energy provider and give them your details and connection dates well before you move into the property. Organise your Internet, broadband and gas connection (if applicable).

HAVE A PLAN
Moving day can get stressful with children and pets around. Ask family members or friends to help take care of them so you have one less thing to stress about. Once you arrive at the new house, have a beloved item on hand to help them settle in.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Let your families and friends know you’re moving. Change your address for: subscriptions, car insurance and registration, the electoral roll, your bank, and superannuation.

THE ESSENTIALS
Have easy access to an un-packing box and a first night box. Your unpacking box should contain all the essentials for re-assembling furniture, while your first night box should contain all the essentials for a comfortable night’s sleep.

INSURANCE
Make sure that your current home and contents insurance policies cease the day after you’ve moved out. Organise your next policies to start the day before you move into the new property.

DIY?

Will hiring a truck work out cheaper than hiring a removalist? If so, is it worth the extra elbow grease?

AVOID PEAK TIMES
Weekends tend to be the busiest time for removal companies and prices skyrocket.
Try to schedule your move for a quiet period.

PACKING ESSENTIALS
Packing boxes can be expensive. Use boxes you have lying around or ask friends or family for spares. If you are at a loss, Bunnings has reasonably priced boxes.

OTHER TIPS FOR MOVING DAY

  • Clear your schedule for your move.
  • Cater for yourself and others: have plenty of water and snacks on hand. Meal prep for full meals.
  • De-clutter and cull: ditch or donate all those items you no longer use.
  • Make a list of important items: tell everyone in the family so they can help you tick it off!
  • Be flexible: don’t get too caught up and go with the flow when things go a little pear-shaped.
  • Finally, try not to stress too much.