Moving House is Never Any Fun

1 November 2011

Moving is a stressful time for many, so for all of those who are about to pack up all of their belongings to move somewhere new, I have some tips to help make your moving experience a lot easier.

Organisation – The key to stress –free moving often lies in good organisation. Start packing and sorting through things early so that you don’t get caught out at the last minute. It’s also a good idea to start making a list of all of the things that need doing before you move, so that nothing gets missed.

Removalists – Most people use removalists because it makes the move quicker and easier, especially if you don’t have the muscle power to move all of your belongings on your own. Good removalists can be hard to find though, so ask for recommendations from friends. On moving day don’t forget to be nice to your removalists and offer them drinks. If you’re kind to them they’re much likelier to be speedier and gentler with your belongings.

Utilities – If you want electricity, gas or internet connected at your house before you move in there, then you need to remember to arrange it beforehand. It usually only takes a few days notice for most connections, but in case of any issues that might cause delays, it’s a good idea to arrange your utilities a few weeks before your move.

Mail – It’s important to make businesses and associates aware of your change of address as soon as you can. Keep track of the mail you receive in the weeks leading up to your move, as a reminder of the people and places that you need to tell of your new address. Chances are you will forget to tell someone of your new address though, so it’s a good idea to head to Australia Post and have your mail redirected for 3-6 months, so that none of your mail goes to the wrong address.

There are stressful aspects of moving but it can also be a very positive time too. Use your move as a chance to start afresh! If you were using a utility provider at your previous address that you weren’t happy with, use this opportunity to find a new and better deal. If you had a lot of clutter at your old address, use this as a chance to clean out! A good idea can be to have a garage sale as you put your property on the market – this helps clear clutter and allows the property to present better; then have another one just before you move out – there is no need to lug items to a brand new home that are never going to be used.

Your local real estate agent should be able to supply with a preparation checklist for this time. Preparation is the key and I would advise you start eight weeks out. Planning properly will allow you and your family to enjoy the experience of moving and will allow you all to start off your new life in the right way.

Enjoy your move.

Until next time.

Nic Morris

Professionals Cairns Beaches

0467 36 28 28

Nic.morris@professionals.com.au

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