There's a lot to do when moving house and it can be easy to forget some of the big ticket items amidst the chaos of packing up your life. We've put together some of the must do items before you make the move.
Cut your costs
As soon as your moving day is locked in, get in contact with all your current utility providers (think electricity, gas, water, internet etc.) to arrange for them to be disconnected. If you’re happy with your current providers, then use this time to arrange for everything to be reconnected at your new home too. You could also use this as an opportunity to shop around for a better deal – just don’t take too long, you’ll probably want a hot shower and be able to charge your phone from day one! If this is your first home, take the time to research all the providers available to find the best deal for you. Once you’ve found your providers, try to give them at least two weeks’ notice to ensure they will be available to connect everything on the day (or before) you move in.
Home is where the Wi-Fi is
In this day and age, a home isn’t a home without internet. On top of your other utilities, make sure you’ve organised for your internet to be set up for moving day so you can locate the nearest pizza shop and actually Netflix and chill once the unpacking is complete. It’s a good idea to do this in advance, in case you need to book a technician to come out to your new home. In any case, your chosen provider will be able to tell you if this is necessary.
Redirect your mail
An important part of the moving process is making sure your mail and any subscriptions are redirected to your new home. To make this process easier, go through Australia Post who will notify selected banks, insurers, phone and utility providers of your new address for you, saving you the hassle of calling each provider. Make sure to check that all your providers will be notified during this process so you don’t miss an important bill – or better yet sign up to receive them via email.
Ensure that any legal documents are updated including your Driver’s License and Car Registration and notify the Electoral Office of your new address.
Choose your ride
Whether you want a removalist to help you with the move or you’d prefer to do it yourself by hiring your own moving truck, make sure you book in advance. Hiring your own truck will be cheaper but you may need some helping hands to fill it up. Another tip to save costs during the moving process is to choose a local removalist to keep the cost of their travel time down.
Protect before you wreck
Before the day of the move, make sure you have organised your home and contents insurance. Not only can you sleep soundly knowing you’re covered from day one, under some policies you might even be covered for damages that occur during the move itself. Make sure you read your policy carefully to check if this is the case.
Start packing early
We always underestimate how much stuff we actually have and how long it will take to box it all up. Get started on the packing as soon as you can. This gives you enough time to sell or get rid of old items and also to find appropriate packing materials such as boxes, bags and bubble wrap to help you move.
Get your hands dirty
Before you permanently arrange all your furniture and fill the cupboards with chinaware, it’s always handy to give your new home a good clean so dust and dirt don’t get hidden away under all your items. If you don’t have time to do this yourself, you can hire a cleaning service to do this for you. While you might think it’s an unnecessary cost, it might be the only time your house will be completely empty so it’s worth taking advantage of.
Lock it up
To have peace of mind that your new house is secure, book a lock smith to change the locks and keys on the day you move into your new home. This is especially important if your new home was a rental beforehand, you never know who may still have a copy of the keys to your house. While you’re at it, have a few spare keys cut so there’s no risk of locking yourself out or losing keys in the midst of moving.