Tips For Moving

Moving home may seem like a daunting task, especially if you have lived in the same house for many years. With some planning and organising the transition can be a smooth one and not stressful.  Here are some tips to consider.

Start Early and be Organised

  • Book in a removalist, to get the required day and time you will need to book. 
  • Create a moving kit, including packing tape and dispenser, marking pens, labels, scissors, retractable cutting knife, bubble wrap and newspaper. 
  • Boxes in various sizes, available from Moving Companies, Bunnings or local Facebook groups. 
  • Checklist to change addresses, including Insurance and Utilities.
  • Reduce stock in the pantry and fridge, avoid large grocery shopping in the weeks leading to moving.

Donate and Sell Unwanted Items

  • Moving home is the best time to reduce clutter, simplify and downsize.
  • Consider some ways to get rid of unwanted items, a garage sale, local Facebook groups or donate to local charities.

Packing Tips

  • Do what you can in advance room by room. 
  • Label each box, on label write the room it belongs to, list the contents on the top and side of the box. Labels on the side of a box allow for easy identification when stacked. Mark as fragile when required.
  • Don’t make boxes too heavy. Place heavy items in the bottom of the box and fill with cushions and pillows.
  • Use empty suitcases that have wheels to pack heavy items like books.
  • Loose screws and clips place in zip lock bag and tape to the item they belong to.

Day of Move

  • Prepack some lunch and have a dinner meal prepared.
  • Pack each person an overnight bag to include toiletries, pyjamas and a change of clothes.
  • Empty fridge contents into esky ready with ice bricks.  Wipe out the fridge while empty.
  • Have some cleaning equipment on hand eg. broom, dust pan and brush, bucket, cleaning clothes and products.
  • Pets can find moving stressful and get in the way.  Leave them with family or friends for the day.