Moving house is one of the most stressful experiences in one’s life, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of things you can do in the lead up to moving day that can help you get your move under control. Here are our tips for a stress free move.
Make your checklist
The most important thing to do before you begin moving is to make a checklist. This will need to include important dates such as when to organise utilities, when you need to hand the keys over to the real estate agent and when your kids will start their new school. Do your best to plan ahead for the dates as you’ll be better prepared to deal with them when they arrive. Plan out your moving process week-by-week to ensure you don’t miss anything.
Our moving checklist is designed to help you keep track of your move so you don’t fall behind or leave everything to the last minute. We recommend you start the process of packing and moving out of home five to eight weeks before move day.
Start packing now
Did you just buy a new property? Have you just signed a new lease? Then you need to get packing! Although it might seem like you don’t have much to take with you or that you’ve got plenty of time, it’s not going to be a quick and easy process. Start by decluttering and working out how much of your furniture you’re going to need to take with you. Once you have a clear idea of what you’re taking with you it’s time to start wrapping and packing.
Don’t forget to consider interstate and international quarantine regulations that may prohibit you from bringing certain items with you. You’ll also need to leave your dangerous goods behind.
Be wary of packing mistakes
If you’re not hiring a professional removalist to do the packing for you, it’s important not to make any packing mistakes. This includes common mistakes like packing too many things into a box and making it too heavy to move. Make the process easier for yourself by using appropriate boxes for appropriate items such as wardrobe boxes which come with a hanging bar and protect your clothing from wrinkles.
Moving might seem like common sense but the difference between a good and a bad move comes down to breakages. For more tips on avoiding common packing mistakes, read our tips here.
Keep essentials close by
Keeping any of the moving logistics information and paperwork on hand and close by will help prevent stress when you have to organise something last minute or if the schedule changes. Keep your important contact information and essentials like your phone charger and the coffee nearby too. That way you won’t have to trudge through the maze of packing boxes to find anything.
As you’re packing the house, keep track of where you’re up to. Mark off the things you complete from your moving checklist as you complete them so you don’t have to stress about what’s been done and what hasn’t. You might also want to be more specific when labelling your packing boxes. For example, simply writing “bedroom” on the box is not as helpful as writing “bedroom linen”.
Ask for help
Moving involves so much more than just packing and transporting your things from one place to another. With so much to focus on, it’s easier to leave the more time consuming tasks to the experts. With more than 100 years’ experience moving people and their household items locally, interstate and overseas, we offer a comprehensive moving service that’s tailored to each of our clients. Get your free removals quote online now.