Moving homes or moving into your very first home can be a daunting and stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be.
Take a look at our 10 tips on what you should do before moving into your new home.
1. Get some sleep
This may seem like a strange thing to do, but if you’re tired and exhausted the last thing you’ll want to do is cart your belongings back and forth from your old home to your new one. Getting a good nights sleep and ensuring you have plenty of energy is essential in ensuring you move house with as little stress as possible.
2. Make the beds
One of the first things you will want to do after a busy day of moving house is to go to sleep. Ensure you’re ready to get some rest by having your bed organised. This doesn’t mean you have to organise your whole room, but having a warm shower and putting your feet up will mean you’re recharged and ready to get things organised the following day.
3. Spare keys
You may leave this to last or forget about it in the hustle and bustle of moving homes, but getting a spare set of keys or two is imperative in case you misplace, lose or lock yours in your own home. Leave them with a nearby relative or somewhere that has easy access in case of unfortunate circumstances.
4. Your first night box
This is a great idea to ensure you have all of your necessary belongings you use on a daily basis at hand. The first night box should contain your toiletries, a change of clothing, pjs and a towel. Everything you need to unwind and rejuvenate, ready for your next day of moving.
5. Install window treatments
One of the first things you should do after painting is install window treatments. Not only does this allow for privacy but can also reduce the heat or cold that enters your home dependent on what time of year it is.
6. Connect your internet
This will need to be booked at least a month in advance before you move in. Internet providers can often be booked ahead of time and therefore organised your internet set up ensures its established by the time you move in. Being in a new home without internet can be a pain, and may be expensive if you have to rely on your mobile phones internet. Having this prepared ahead of time will save a giant headache.
7. Ensure you’re insured
Have you changed your insurance policy to cover your new address? This can often fall by the wayside when you’re busy organising your move. The initial step is making sure your policy covers the move. If something is damaged in the process, you want to make sure it’s covered. Another great idea is to check with your removal company as to what their insurance covers. You may be surprised.
8. Don’t forget the children and pets
We don’t mean this literally, but we do suggest you have a plan for your furry friends and your little loved ones on the day or days of moving. What will they do on the day? Have you got someone to baby sit/pet sit? If you have a friend or family member who can help you out you will be able to focus on moving home and be organised sooner rather than later.
9. Change your address
If you are moving from one place of residence to another, ensure you change your address before the new tenants move into your old home. Notify the post office immediately of your new address and also contact businesses and government bodies separately to ensure your mail is going to the correct address. You should also ensure it’s changed for any subscriptions you may have, for the electoral roll, with your bank, for your superannuation fund and also with your car insurance provider.
10. Organise an unpacking box
One of the most important things you have when moving is an unpacking box. Placing items such as tools you may need to construct funiture, allen keys, ziplock bags with keys or screws you may need, scissors, tape, cloths and glue. Anything you think may come in handing to make the moving process easier. You may even have some smaller boxes inside this one in case you need to take things to different areas of the house.