Are you getting ready to move house? Does the idea of packing up all your belongings fill you with a sense of dread? Don’t worry, with a little help from the experts, moving house is easy, and even kinda fun!
House moves come in all shapes and sizes, from moving to an apartment just around the corner, to relocating to a mansion overseas. Even the smallest move can be frustrating if you don’t do it right, and failing to plan and manage the process can turn an exciting day into a nightmare.
Whether you’re moving all your belongings in one car, hiring a small rental van, or enlisting the help of professional removalists, there are an infinite number of moving experiences. The underlying elements that define every successful house move are the same, regardless of how much stuff you own or how big your budget happens to be. If you’re looking for a seamless transition into your new life, the following five tips are a great place to start.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Moving house is hard work, and however hard you try, it’s almost impossible to do it all yourself. Help comes in many forms, from friends and family through to professional packers and removalists. If your budget permits, you should consider booking the services of a professional moving company.
Word of mouth is usually the best recommendation, so ask friends, family members, or anyone you know who has moved recently. Online reviews from places like Google can also be a fantastic resource. When it comes to moving, you sometimes get what you pay for, so beware of budget moving companies.
If you don’t have money for removalists, there are other ways to lighten the load. Enlist family or friends to help out on the big day, borrow a vehicle from someone you know, or hire a truck or trailer to save you time and potential damage.
Hiring your own vehicle can be the perfect middle ground between expensive removalists and trying to do it all yourself. National Storage and some other storage facilities even offer free vehicle hire and don’t forget to ask for a trolley to help prevent injuries.
2. Take the opportunity to purge and start afresh
Moving home is a fantastic opportunity to clear things from your life and make room for the new. Whether it’s old and broken furniture, clothes past their use-by date, or anything else you don’t need anymore, moving is a great opportunity to start afresh. Clearing out and purging unwanted stuff can create both physical and mental space. You can purge anything that isn’t a natural fit for your new environment, or arrange storage for anything you want to hold on to.
The more you purge, the less you will need to pack, move, and unpack at the other end. Selling high-value items on websites like eBay or Gumtree can be a great way to make some extra cash, and giving stuff to charity will give you a warm, positive feeling that money can’t buy. Look into charity or second hand Facebook pages, or make use of notice boards at your local store or library.
3. Pack everything you can into a box
Moving boxes have been created for a reason. If you’re using removalists, check whether they can drop off boxes, packing tape, and other packing supplies. While the cost of the boxes will be added to your bill, moving boxes stack together and save you money on moving volume. There are lots of other options for buying packing boxes, including hardware stores, online retailers, and second hand stores.
If you’re on a budget, your local supermarket can be a great source of clean boxes in various shapes and sizes. It’s important to be careful, however, with some removalists preferring dedicated boxes due to their standard size and additional strength. Pack books in smaller boxes so they’re not too heavy, use lots of butchers paper or bubble wrap to prevent breaks, and avoid newspaper if you don’t want nasty marks on your favourite belongings.
Label boxes clearly as you go (including which room it will go into at your home), in order to make things easier when you come to unpack. Larger storage and moving companies can even supply specialist boxes for items such as televisions, wine bottles, clothes, mirrors, and artwork. Specialist boxes are definitely worth considering, especially for expensive or irreplaceable items, or during interstate or overseas moves.
4. Connect all your utilities with one phone call
Connecting utilities such as power and water can be a major headache for movers. Don’t dismay, however, you can save yourself time and money by connecting all your services with a single phone call. When shopping around, look for a service that is independent, trusted, and capable of accessing a wide range of products and discounts.
It’s also important to check Google or other online reviews for a company with a proven track record in providing great customer service. If you want the very best with none of the stress, call Foxie on 1800 275 369. We are a one-stop-shop for electricity, gas, water, broadband, and pay TV connections.
5. Clean-up and get the bond you deserve
If you are renting, to prevent delays or problems getting your bond back, you need to leave your current rental property in good condition. If you’re selling a home, it’s equally important to prevent delays in settlement. During the week prior to settlement, the buyer is entitled to do a final inspection and you are required to hand the property over in the same condition it was sold.
A good rule of thumb is to leave the property in the same condition you would like to find it yourself. Make sure everything has been cleaned and all rubbish has been removed. If your budget permits, hire a cleaner to take care of the final details, and book a gardener to tidy up the yard.
When you follow these five tips and take care of the details from the outset, moving house can be much easier than you think. For more help and advice, please check out our best moving house checklist ever.