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Preparing to Move

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No matter your reason for moving, it’s a big task. With a little forward planning you can make it a much smoother experience. Here’s a simple checklist to help you lay the groundwork for a stress-free move:

Plan

Sketch out the essentials of moving day as early as you can. First, book in the move in date and move out date. Ideally these would be a couple of days apart to give you some breathing room.

Research and book a removal company, or book in some friends and a van if you’re planning a DIY move. Make sure there is access and parking for the moving van at both locations.

De-clutter

Be ruthless! There’s no point holding onto those clothes you haven’t worn in two years. Set aside some time to work through each room methodically and decide what to keep, sell, recycle or throw away. Remember, the less you have to move, the easier it is on the day.

Store

If you do find you have belongings that won’t fit into your new place, but that you’re just not willing to dispose of, then arrange for them to be stored. Try to transport these items in advance to save time on moving day. If this isn’t possible, factor some additional time into your moving day, to get to and from the storage facility.

Pack

It’s best to commence packing well in advance, to avoid a last minute rush. Our top tips for packing well:

– Label each box with the room and general information about its contents

– Reinforce the bottom of boxes with tape

– Pad boxes well, and make sure fragile items are well wrapped

– Make sure boxes aren’t too heavy

– Tape up cupboard doors, drawers and electrical cords

If your budget permits, organise packers to come and do this step for you!

Organise

You’ll need to both cancel existing and book in new utilities such as phone, internet, gas and electricity. This is also a great time to make sure you’re getting the best value for money. Take the time to compare new suppliers and make the switch if you can find a better deal.

Organise a mail forward with Australia Post and make sure to inform key organisations (think schools, healthcare providers and the like) of your new postal address.

Last but not least, get excited! You’re now ready for moving day and you’ve got a new chapter of your life ahead of you in your new home.

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