Moving house can be an exciting period, yet also has the potential to be a time-consuming and emotionally draining experience. However, by preparing in advance and being organised you can make sure that come moving day, the process is efficient and as stress free as possible.
Start planning early
Well before the date of your move make a point of going through your possessions and deciding which will be taken with you and which you will dispose of, and the means of doing so. It is also important to make a list of all the tools you will need for your move prior to the date. This includes sourcing boxes, packing tape, removalists, tools to dismantle furniture and a permanent marker for labelling boxes.
The moving-in process can often be gradual, so to make things easier it is also helpful to mark boxes by room, e.g. ‘Kitchen’, ‘Natalie’s bedroom’, so that you and your removalists and/or unpackers can easily place the appropriate box in their intended locations.
Contact service providers
In the rush of moving, it is often easy to forget to cancel services and utilities at your residence, such as Foxtel, telephone connection, electricity and the like. In order to make sure everything is disconnected/reconnected on-time, make a list of all service providers and try to contact them well before moving day.
While you may remember to tell your friends, family and other regular senders of mail of your change of address, there are other senders whom you may neglect to inform. Your local post-office will be able to offer you a mail redirection service, so that all of your important correspondence is sent to your new address.
Arrange for care of children and pets
Moving can be enough of a challenge without worrying about the whereabouts of your young children and animals. Arranging care on the day of your move can help to ensure the process is a smooth one.