Is it your first time moving into a new house? Most people will go through this nerve-wracking process at some point in life. How you prepare for it can help determine whether you have a positive or negative experience.
Planning in advance of your moving date is critical for the success of your move. If you have no idea where to begin, here’s a useful guide shared by a trusted local mover that you can follow.
1. Find a good removals company.
Hiring a mover should be the first thing on your list. Take time to shop around and contact the top moving companies in your location to gather quotes several months ahead of your moving date. By doing so, you will have more options to consider and better chances of landing a good deal, which you can miss out on if you put off accomplishing this crucial task to the last minute.
Make sure to find a mover who can cater to your specific moving requirements. Also, don’t forget to check customer reviews before hiring a removal company. The information you get from these reviews can point you to a removalist that is insured, licensed, and trustworthy.
Want to spend less on your move?
Choose either a mid-week or mid-month moving date when hiring a mover. You may also want to avoid the peak moving season since rates are usually higher at this time. Aim for a move between October and April, when the demand is at its lowest.
2. Transfer utilities
A few weeks before your move, get in touch with your utility service providers to inform them about your move. If you’ll still be using their services, go ahead and schedule the disconnection and reconnection dates of your basic utilities like electric and gas.
In addition, contact your cable and internet service provider, along with your security system provider, to schedule an installation date after your move.
3. Forward the mail
Don’t miss out on important bills, letters, and parcels. Make sure that you forward your snail mail prior to your move. Visit your local post office and change your current address to your new one.
4. Measure your new home
What you bring with you to your new home determines the cost of your move. Before you move into your new house, take a look at the floor plans and measure all interior spaces. Check whether your current appliances and furniture will fit inside your new place.
As you’ll know exactly what will fit in your new home, you can avoid bringing items that will only increase your moving expenses.
5. Sort through items before packing
Before you begin packing, organize your items. Sort through your belongings and set aside anything that won’t be necessary for your new home. Rather than bringing these items with you and paying to have them transported, you can either donate, sell, or store them somewhere else.
If you have loads of belongings that you need to dispose of, try holding a garage sale days prior to your move. This will earn you extra money and, at the same time, make your move less expensive since you’ll be bringing fewer belongings.
6. Start packing
Head to the store to buy enough packing supplies such as boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and marking pens. As you pack, label or color-code your boxes so that you can locate your items quickly later on. Make sure to protect fragile items carefully with bubble wrap and other stuffing to prevent damage during transport.
Set aside an essentials bag
Chances are, you won’t want to sift through tons of boxes for your toothbrush and pyjamas during your first night in the new house. To avoid this hassle, don’t forget to set aside an essentials bag containing what you need for your first few days in your new home. This should include some toiletries, a few changes of clothes, pet essentials and some medicine.
7. Clean before you go
Once you’ve finished packing, you’ll need to deep-clean your old place. This should include wiping down surfaces, vacuuming the floors, and cleaning out appliances. Don’t forget to also include deep cleaning your new place in your schedule, so that you can unpack on a clean slate.
Leaving your old home tidy ensures that you leave nothing behind. This also imparts a good impression to the next person who will be living in your old residence.
Are you ready for your move?
With enough preparation, you won’t be feeling flustered about your move. Since you already planned for all your moving needs, and you have a reputable removals company helping you out, you can ensure that everything will go smoothly.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.