Moving home, whether you are travelling a few hundred yards or across the sea, can be really hard work. To help you in the process, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide for everything you need to know when you’re moving, including if you are moving from overseas.
Get Rid of the Clutter Before Moving
One thing that lots of people do is start a move without any foreplanning and decluttering. Moving home is a massively time-consuming purpose and you don’t want to be boxing up things that you don’t really want or need. If you move home with junk, you’ll end up hoarding and being a hoarder for the rest your time in your new home. There are lots of things you should be getting rid of and here are just a few.
What Haven’t You Used within the Last 12 Months?
If you’ve got things that you haven’t touched or thought about for a year, then it may be time to get rid of them. This may include kitchen appliances, gadgets, large sporting equipment, and pots and pans. The chances are that you won’t get much use of things if you haven’t touched them in a year.
If you are taking loads of paperwork with you from 10 years ago, and you’ve since taken new policies, changed cars and so forth, then all you’re doing is transporting recycling. Get the things that you need to get shredded and get rid of all that paperwork. While you’re at it, give away or dump the magazines you haven’t read for five years.
Old, Unused Bathroom Soaps and Gels
If you’ve got litres and litres of bath soaps, bath salts and other things that you never use, and you never will use, find a home for them or scrap them. These are heavy items that you don’t want to be moving and then finding a home for in your new bathroom, only for them to sit there until you move again.
Do an Inventory
Before you begin the packing process, make sure you complete a full inventory, especially of the large items such as dishwashers, fridge freezers, washing machines and furniture. Take a look at any guidelines that the manufacturers have provided on moving, and follow the steps that they suggest to ensure that your items get to their home safely.
This will also help you to plan the remove lists and ensure you get the amount of cargo space you need if you are travelling overseas. If, for example, you’re moving to Brisbane from Wellington in New Zealand for work, you need to ensure that you get a good cargo company and explain everything that you need to move. If you fail to plan in the inventory process, you’ll be planning to fail.
If you are downsizing and know that you were very short of space in the next place, then you may want to put some of your items into storage, especially if you will be moving back to this area. Alternatively, find a storage location at the new destination. If you don’t think things are storing, or you won’t use them again, then give them away or get them up for sale in plenty of time before your move.
Finding Trucks to Hire at Affordable Prices
Whether you are having a removal company or cargo company move your stuff door-to-door, you may still need to hire a van. If you’re doing the whole process yourself, you’ll definitely need a truck, and probably a mid to long wheelbase truck.
Get several quotes and book in plenty of time in advance. You don’t want to come to the big day and be twiddling your thumbs without a vehicle to move your things. You may also need to hire a truck at the other end so that you can purchase any new large items, especially if you like to shop on eBay and second-hand websites.
Get Changing Your Address with Utility Providers
It is important to get all the administrative tasks out of the way as early as possible as you move. Have a list of everything that you need to change and get going on it as soon as possible. If you are dealing with companies with sensitive paperwork, then give them plenty of notice, as some companies will need a couple of weeks to change your address.
Packing can be a really boring process. Make it fun by getting the right boxes and containers and making a game out of it. Get yourself super organised and do things efficiently room by room, labelling up boxes and crates as you go. Here are some great tips to help that pack go smoothly
Room by Room
The more systematic you are, the quicker the process will be and the easier it will feel. Don’t pack all the things you use on a day-to-day basis weeks before you move, pack those lesser used items first. Label boxes with the room they will be going into and a description of what they are. You may also want a spreadsheet so that you can number code each box and know where it is going. There are also apps to help you keep track of things as you move home.
Protect Things Properly
Get the bubble wrap and polystyrene foam you need to protect your ornaments, glassware and electrical gadgets. You can also wrap furniture in cardboard, which most moving companies can provide.
Protection blankets are also great to keep things from smashing, scratching and scraping. When you are wrapping ornaments, try to avoid newspaper, as the ink can pass over, and use packing paper instead. Get your packing sorted in advance so that you can do things smoothly over time rather than rushing at the end.
Get Plenty of Boxes and Find Them Cheap
Get various box sizes, and if you have a family, make sure you get some little ones so that the children can help move stuff and fill part of the process as well. There are loads of clever ideas for packing, so do a bit of research online to find out about crockery boxes, cardboard dividers, and various other options.
Check to see whether you kept your laptop, TV and computer boxes, and put them in their originals with the polystyrene if you can. If you can’t, make sure you pack them well as highlighted above.
When You Pack, Plan Your First Night
You need to think about that first night in your new home. Where will the toilet paper, pyjamas, snacks, toiletries and so on be? Make sure everyone has those essentials they need to have a comfortable and enjoyable first night. Also, of course, make sure that the electricity and gas are on at the new place and that everything is working, especially the heating if it is winter.
If you planned everything well, then boxes should be where they need to go as you move into your new home. Here are some things to get you going and get transitioning smoothly.
Dusting and Cleaning
Before you start unpacking, make sure the place is as clean as you want it to be. Even if there was a thorough clean when the last people moved, or if it’s a new build, after completion, dust may have settled and you may want to have a good clean. You can also use this opportunity to give the things you bring out a clean as they go into their new homes.
Use the Closets for Storage
Choose some of the closets and cupboards and use them to keep the boxes as you unpack them. It can be quite unsettling feeling claustrophobic, surrounded by boxes and not having anywhere to walk. Plan the unpacking and use the storage space available to you to keep things out of sight as you do so, so that you don’t feel under tremendous pressure every step of the way.
Getting Furniture Assembled
Some of the furniture that you moved may need to get back together. You will have planned this process and will have the tools and manual, won’t you? You may want to enlist the help of a furniture assembler to get things back together and prioritise what goes together first so that you can make use of your time and resources wisely.
If you don’t have the instructions that came with the furniture, then a quick call to the manufacturer may help. They may have resources that they can send by email or already online for download.
Get Rid of the Packing Materials and Any Rubbish
Hopefully, you only travel with things that you use regularly and those of value. You may well be left with loads of boxes, white paper and other packing materials. If they’re in good condition, you can pop them on Craigslist after taking them apart, or send them to a recycling centre alternatively. Don’t have extra clutter you don’t need around the house.
There’s nothing like getting your move completed, starting to enjoy your local neighbourhood, and feeling settled into your home. Write a list of the things that you want to do, and work out what is DIY and what you’re going to need to pay for. Get your building’s and contents insurance in place and think about any extra costs you may need to sort out, such as ground rent, the gardener and so forth. Your to-do list doesn’t end when you settle in, but it can be part of the settling in process and really help you to feel at home.