There aren’t too many people who are enthusiastic about moving house.
Even if your new home is a decent upgrade from your old home, you still have to spend days on end packing up your belongings, planning your schedule and setting up in your new abode.
The day that you move is perhaps the most stressful of all, so we’ve put together some tips to keep you on track for a stress-free experience.
1. Clear your schedule
If you’re moving, that should be the only thing on your schedule that day. Moving always takes longer than you think, so it’s best not to make lunch plans or promise a friend you’ll stop by for a cup of tea on moving day.
2. Start packing as early as possible
Even though you will technically have a moving ‘day’ the process of moving can start weeks before. Pack anything that you don’t need as early as possible. This could include bed linen, towels, kitchen appliances, filed documents and sports equipment. Any item that you don’t use every day can be packed in advance.
3. Curb your nostalgia
It can be tempting to flick through your photo albums before you pack them, but this is the worst kind of packing procrastination – and it can steal serious time on moving day. Just remember that your goal is to get your belongings packed, and looking back through your high school year book is not conducive to this goal.
4. De-clutter as you pack
If you simply pack everything you own into boxes to take to your new home, the unpacking process will be a nightmare. Make sure you get rid of anything broken, unusable or worn out as you pack to save you unpacking boxes of junk at the other end.
5. Have everything packed before the movers arrive
Whether you’ve got a mate showing up with their ute or you’ve hired professional movers, you need to make sure all of your belongings are securely packed and ready to be loaded on to the truck or into a car. It could cost you extra if you leave the professionals waiting and you’ll definitely stretch a friendship if one of your ute-owning friends has to sit around and wait for you to delicately wrap your china.
6. Sort out your connections in one go
It’s easy to get so caught up in sorting out your move from the old place that it can become easy to forget what’s needed in the new one. Luckily, there’s a way to get all your connections sorted in one hit.
Enter connectnow. This one-stop-shop moving service can connect your electricity, gas, internet, pay TV and more in one simple phone call. Plus, their service is free.
When it comes to the day of moving, most people severely underestimate how long it takes to clear out a house and it needs to be totally empty before the cleaners can come in.
Don’t stress yourself out by booking the cleaners for the afternoon of your moving day. Instead, schedule them for the morning after so you don’t have to worry about being done by a certain time. Connectnow can also provide free quotes for cleaners and removalists, so get onto this when you call them to sort your connections for your new place.
7. Have all your moving equipment on hand
Make sure you have more than enough boxes, tape, scissors and markers. Some packing supply stores will happily buy back unused boxes so it doesn’t matter if you buy too many. If you run out of boxes or tape you’ll have to stop what you’re doing to re-stock which is a huge waste of time on an already busy day. It’s better to over-buy than under-buy when it comes to packing supplies.
8. Pack a suitcase with essentials
Make sure you have a bag packed on moving day with a change of clothes, pyjamas and toiletries. You’ll thank yourself when you get to your new house and you don’t have to go searching through boxes trying to find your toothbrush in the middle of the night.
9. Be prepared
Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks on hand throughout the day. Take proper breaks to eat decent meals. Moving day is exhausting both physically and mentally so you need to make sure you’re well hydrated and fed to be operating at peak performance.
10. Be flexible
You can plan moving day as much as you like but things will never run totally smoothly. It’s best to just go with the flow, deal with problems as they arise and be flexible enough to change plans if you need to.
11. Make it fun
There’s no reason why you can’t put on some great music or a podcast while you pack. Invite some friends over and make a day of it. Your attitude plays a huge part in having a stress-free moving day, so make sure you focus on keeping the day as upbeat and positive as possible.
12. Have cash on hand
There are always hidden costs involved with moving house – paying the movers, buying pizza for lunch, getting a cab back from the truck hire place – so make sure you have some cash on hand to save yourself the hassle of tracking down an ATM in a new neighbourhood.