Moving Tips

Moving can be a very strenuous time, in fact it is considered the second most stressful moment in life. To help you ease through this time I have compiled a list of hints and tips, to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Four weeks before your move

Set a firm date for your move

You may want to hire a relocation consultant (particularly if you are moving interstate or overseas)

Organise a removalist – ask friends or relatives for recommendations

If you need storage, arrange it now

Organise transit and/or storage insurance for your belongings

Organise your travel plans for moving day – if you’re moving some distance, you may need to book a hotel or other accommodation

If necessary, book time off work

Collect moving materials such as boxes, packing tape, rope, newspapers (for wrapping) and marking pens

Keep a list of incoming mail and start notifying businesses and suppliers of your change of address

Two weeks before your move

Start packing non essential items and clothing – list the items packed on the outside of the box

Contact your utility companies (Origin Energy and Ergon Energy ) and communication providers (eg Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.)

Arrange for disconnection and reconnection of telephone, internet and pay tv services at your new address.

Ask someone to look after the kids on moving day

Update insurance policies

Make a list of the items you want the removalist to move and any items you’ll be moving yourself

If you have pets, organise care for them during moving day and make necessary pet transport arrangements.

Start cleaning your home

Arrange redirection of mail with Australia Post. You can do this online.

Dispose of any hazardous waste in the correct manner. Empty your freezer and pantry by eating all the food! Defrost the freezer before moving it.

One week before the move

Arrange for bills to be paid

Cancel services such as mowing service, newspapers and other home delivery services

Confirm arrangements with utility companies

Put important documents such as passports, drivers licences in a safe place.

Finish packing – make sure all boxes are correctly labeled with contents and rooms

Return library books and DVDs and pick up any dry cleaning

If packing all your stuff has left you with piles of rubbish, take it to the nearest tip.

Pack up your computer (if you can do without it for that long!). Keep all cords and accessories together. Pack it in the original box, if you have it, otherwise wrap in blankets and transport it carefully.

On moving day

Make sure the house is clean. At this busy time it might be worth hiring a cleaner to finish the scrubbing and vacuuming for you

Strip the beds and keep the linen in a separate box that travels with you so you can use them on the first night

Disconnect remaining appliances

Do one final check of your house as the removalists are loading your boxes

Have final payment ready for your removalist

Read the removalist document thoroughly before signing and save it for future reference

Stay home until the last item is packed and make an inspection of the van to check all your goods are loaded

Close and lock all the doors and windows

Make sure you have the keys to your new home with you

Carry valuables, personal items and important papers with you so they don’t get lost

Pack a survival kit for the first hours in your new home – include tea or coffee, kettle, mugs and teaspoons, water bottle, snacks, milk, small first aid kit, toilet paper, a torch, spare light bulbs, paper towels and cleaning materials.

At your new home

Check all items during unloading and unpacking – look for any damaged or missing items

Check the electricity/gas/phone has been switched on – if not, contact the suppliers or alternatively contact Connect Now.

Start with essentials such as making the beds and cleaning the kitchen for use.

Keep pets away until you are moved in

Find out which day is your garbage and recycling collection day

Find you local parks, shops, sports centres and swimming pools.

Join the library

Get your pets familiarised to the new area as quickly as possible so they don’t try to find their old place.

Take a few different routes to go places from your new home – you’re sure to find some handy shortcuts

If renting, tell the agency about any appliances that aren’t working or defects and check what you are allowed to do.

Don’t forget to get an updated driver’s licence or change your car registration. For a competitive quote on car insurance, NRMA Insurance can’t help but help.

If you need help with anyone else give Dave Williams a call on 0488 88 4573 and he will point you in the right direction.

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