My biggest tips for moving house!
If you follow my page on Facebook you’ll know that our we are changing “nests” and about to embark on a tree change. I’m both excited and petrified all rolled into one. One thing I know will be ok is getting our house ready for moving day by being organised, so I thought I would share here for anyone who may be moving soon too.
I think I’ve moved approximately ten times so I’m certainly no expert, but this is how I do things.
I know the general rule of thumb is to get three, but I go for five when it comes to removalists, a lot more negotiating room that way.
If you’re moving interstate and don’t have a lot of items or have sold the majority to purchase new at the other end, enquire about a backload. This can save you a heap of money. When I was 18 I moved from QLD back to NSW and a backload only cost me a few hundred dollars as opposed to the $1500 most places quoted for a full job.
Making lists will help alleviate a lot of stress and I use a folder when moving. You can add all your paperwork so everything is in the one place and be sure to take it with you in the car on moving day. You can add quotes, booking details, home and settlement papers or your lease agreement, insurance papers, new keys etc.
I find a check list ensures I don’t forget anything either. No one wants to move in and realise they forgot to call the electricity company or arrange wifi.
I also jot down things I need to either purchase and pack before I go or things I need to buy at the other end. A master grocery list for my first big shop in the new house is very helpful.
I number every box I pack for two reasons. I can keep track of what I’m packing and whether or not I need to source more boxes, and on the off chance a box goes missing I know exactly which one and what the contents were. I also write the contents and which room things are from so I know what goes where at the other end of the move.
When packing the house I try and store things in rooms closest to the front door. This just makes it easier for the movers and also speeds things up if you are paying by the hour.
• Packaging and wrapping
I start collecting newspapers to wrap breakables in as soon as possible, and visiting your local newsagent can be worthwhile. They throw out the excess anyway and are generally quite happy to give you their old papers. If you are wrapping anything lightly coloured or sentimental and don’t want marks, I recommend using white butchers paper instead. For extremely fragile items I use bubble wrap and use a lot of my towels, clothing and linen to wrap delicates.
• Preparing children
Some kids aren’t fazed by a move and others can find the experience quite traumatic. Whether it’s sadness at leaving their old home, fear of starting a new school or just not wanting change or to see their favourite things being packed into boxes, it can be hard on them. Involve them as much as possible. When our 12 year old daughter was little we used a peck and pack method. As crazy as it sounds, it made her ok with moving. So before she placed an item in a box she would give it a quick kiss first and it made the process a whole lot easier.
We also kept her favourite toys out and they travelled in the car with us. Keeping a few extra toys out or even a scooter that can fold up is great when you arrive at your new home. You can set the kids up to play or take them for a little ride around their new neighbourhood so they aren’t bored, and also aren’t going to be trampled on by the movers.
• General checklist
1. Book Removalist or hire truck.
2. Arrange new schooling and uniforms for children.
3. Phone, gas and electricity connection.
4. Arrange contents and household insurance.
5. If applicable notify Centrelink of your new address, and new income estimate if necessary.
6. Council pick up if required.
7. Book Accommodation if moving interstate.
8. Mail redirection.
9. Book a locksmith to change keys over the day you move in.
10. Update drivers licence, electoral role and car registration.
11. Update your pets microchip address and contact details.
12. Use up as much as you can from your fridge and freezer in the weeks prior to moving.
13. Set aside money for your first grocery shop, it can be very expensive starting from scratch again.
14. Carpet cleaner
15. Optional – Organise a farewell dinner and drinks with family friends and or colleagues. Farewell teacher gifts, and a cake or cupcakes for a last day class party at school.
It’s much nicer unpacking and setting up your new home, so take your time. The first thing we do is let the fridges and freezer settle before turning them back on, get the beds set up and made ,and unpack the playroom and a few essential items in the kitchen. The kids are then entertained while we can make a start on unpacking the rest of the house.
Oh and don’t forget to say hi to your new neighbours or stalk them through the window like mrs mangle so you know which day your bins go out LOL
I hope this post may be useful to you.