Congratulations! Your home is sold. The next step is to move into your new home. This can be a stressful process if you don’t plan properly. At my pal Greg from Bricklayer Lake Macquarie taught me, proper planning relieves stress during the moving process. Below are a few steps you can follow to make your move a success.
Establish how much time you have before you move. This will give you a good indication of the time you have to pack.
Start buying boxes for your move. Choosing high-quality boxes can save you time and effort, and will avoid damages and breakages of your items during your move.
Declutter all items in rooms. Start from one side of the room and work your way around the room. Only pack items you’ll be taking with you to your new home. Put aside the things that will be staying behind, and later on, it can be sold or given away. It’s important to have the labelled boxes on hand while packing. Get everyone to do their rooms; it makes it fun and personal. Find a space in the room, preferably close to the door, to store all packed boxes.
When packing, remember to pack by weight. Use the bigger boxes for the light items and the smaller boxes for the heavier items. Also, remember to label your boxes by rooms and contents, it makes unpacking a whole lot easier. Boxes are generally packed on top of each other, so put your labels on the side for easy location.
The move will probably leave you feeling exhausted. The last thing you’d want is to look through piles of boxes for your pyjamas, toothbrush, and a warm blanket. Pack a first-night-bag. This bag will contain all your personal belongings like a change of clothes, snacks, blankets, underwear, toiletries, pyjamas, phone charger and plugs, laptops, tablets, etc. It also contains toilet paper, coffee, kettle, milk, breakfast, supper, bedding, towels, cloths, etc. This first-night-bag will make you feel at home.
Once all your packing is done make sure to contact your household insurance to let them know about your move. Informing them before the move will cover your household content from any losses during the move and will eliminate the admin process once you’re moved in.
The next step is to make contact with your utility provider. By doing so, you’re protecting yourself from paying any bills from new tenants’ utility usage. Once your utility account is updated with your new address, your usage at your new address will be billed.
If you have an internet line, make sure to contact your provider so they can connect your internet to your new home.
Inform your friends and family know of your new address and contact details. You don’t want to leave them worried.
Your new home has been standing vacant for a while, so before you move in, have it thoroughly cleaned out. A few days before the moving day, have the home cleaned up by hiring a cleaning team. When the time comes to move, your new home will be move-in-ready.
Have spare keys made for everyone in the house. The day of the move can be chaotic. With so many people moving in and out of the house, leaving the house key locked up inside or misplacing it is possible. Rather avoid the mishap by making enough spare keys for every member.
On the day of the move, arrange with family and friends to look after your kids and pets. For the sake of routine, make sure to keep the household routine consistent after the move, to ensure that your kids and pets make a successful adjustment into their new home.
Don’t delay your unpacking. As soon as all your boxes are in your new home, start unpacking immediately. This will save you time and effort. Take the boxes to the designated rooms to avoid the up and down running. Get everyone involved by allowing them to unpack their boxes.
Moving is exciting! There’s new scenery, new spaces, new everything. With proper planning and a step-by-step guide, your move can be a fantastic experience for you and your family.