Tips to help you in the market!
Moving house can be a stressful time. If possible, plan your move way ahead of your settlement date, as it could eliminate potential problems. Here are some helpful tips to help make your moving-process as stress-free as possible.
- Book and confirm a moving date – Arrange time off work if possible.
- Create a master ‘to-do’ list and keep adding and ticking off as you go.
- Make sure you have plenty of packaging tape and sturdy boxes, you will find that many people advertise used boxes on internet market-places that are often free.
- If using a removalist, book in advance to ensure that you get the date that you want.
- Hire a skip and/or take unwanted goods to the Salvos, give to friends, or sell on an internet market-place. There is no point taking time to pack and move unwanted goods.
- Try to empty and clean as many cupboards early-on. Pack your seldom-used items ahead of time, and move what is left into just a few cupboards.
- If possible, try to empty and clean some rooms early on and close the door and not use them. Especially with one of your bathrooms (if you have more than one), as these are very time-consuming to clean.
- Phone and set a date to disconnect from your old house, and connect to your new address: your gas, electricity, water and internet.
- Re-direct all of your mail to your new address, pre-set for your moving date. As you continue to get re-directed mail addressed to your old home, it will remind you of the organizations that you have not yet notified. Make sure you change your address on your Driver’s License.
- Check the date of your smoke alarms as they must be less than 10 years old, and make sure they are hardwired and have the relevant certificates of currency, as you may be liable later down the track if a fire occurs with the new owners.
- Does your new home allow enough access for large furniture or appliances?
- If you are moving into a building with a lift, will you need to book the lift?
- If you are planning to hire a van and move furniture yourself, are you going to be able to move all large and heavy appliances, or will you need to get extra assistance to help with those items?
- Do any of your large items need dismantling, i.e. bedroom furniture, large bookcases
- Consider what to do with your pets on the day of the move to minimize stress and ensure they can’t escape and get lost.
- Would it be easier to organize family or friends to look after small children?