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Moving day is both an exciting and chaotic time. It’s not always easy to stay on top of everything when there’s boxes flying around left right and centre, the delivery truck has arrived at 6AM and someone’s lost their set of allen keys.
But really, if you plan ahead – moving is really a straightforward process. So, to help sail you through this process smoothly, here are some of our top tips:
Depending on how far this move is, it’s always a good idea to plan how you’re going to get your things from A-B. Moving companies aren’t exactly few and far between and we’re a bit spoilt for choice which means they’re relatively inexpensive for the effort involved with doing it yourself. Trucks are a good way to go. Your moving company will have a fairly good idea of what size truck you’re going to need, so discuss with them when you make the arrangements.
Downsize & Donate
Moving houses provides the perfect opportunity for you to part with the odd bits and pieces floating around your house; you know - the things buried at the back of the linen closet, the garage or hiding deep within the cooking utensil drawer. We’re all guilty of accumulating piles of things that simply no longer have a place in our lives. The best part is that there are heaps of opportunities for you to make money off this stuff. Gumtree, eBay and Facebook Marketplace all provide valuable opportunities to turn your trash into cash.
Make a Packing Kit
Sure, boxes and tape are important for the big move, but they’re not all you’re going to need. Collect newspapers to act as a cheap alternative to bubble wrap, arm yourself with as many permanent markers as you can find and keep a bunch of cleaning materials handy so you can clean the items you’re packing as you go. Another good idea is to set aside a box of goodies for unpacking the new place. A little tool kit with a hammer, some screwdrivers and allen keys will go a long way to help you get sorted quickly. Keep your toiletries and a change of clothes out along with other essentials such as a toilet paper, garbage bags and light bulbs.
Find a Sitter
While the saying goes many hands make light work, any parent can vouch for the contrary when it comes to moving with kids. Kids and pets are not the kind of distractions you need when you want your move to be quick and easy. Let’s be real, if they can’t help they only hinder – and a chore as boring as packing boxes does not rate high on a child’s agenda. Find them something fun to do for the day with the rellies so you can focus on the job at hand.
If you’re using a removalist and you’d prefer to keep your items in-tact, you need to be labelling them accordingly. Packing trucks Jenga your boxes into place with no regard to what’s in them unless you explicitly say so. Be sure to label all sides of each box. Keep the delicates well padded and try to be there throughout the process.
Stagger Your Deliveries
The last thing you want to see upon arrival is several trucks outside your home all trying to mangle your new purchases through the front door. Try to stagger the delivery times over a couple of days if possible so that you have time to organize your spaces beforehand.
Connect Your Utilities
With all of the chaos that usually goes into packing up your home it’s easy to forget about properly setting up your new one. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new place to find that the light switches aren’t doing their job and the water isn’t running because you’ve forgotten to connect your utilities. Don’t forget to arrange these things with your providers and ensure they match up with the previous tenant so that you’re not forking out for expenses they’ve accumulated.