Moving to another home can be the start of a big adventure in your life. It can mean a new job and making new friends and building fresh memories. The only downside can be the act of moving itself. This involves a lot of preparation, packing, and is almost universally considered the hardest part of restarting one’s life in a new locale. Below are six tips to make your life easier while moving.
Clearly label all boxes
Nothing makes unpacking at the new place harder than finding box after box with nothing written on them. Now you have to open each individual box to see what’s inside and where they should be put. When packing, every box should have a general description of what is in the box (ex. “Kitchen pantry”, “clothes from Master bedroom closet”). It is best to write directly on the box with a marker rather than risking labels that may fall off.
Do your research before selecting a removalist company.
Look into a company before hiring them. You would not buy a car or a refrigerator before reading up on the model you were thinking of getting and making sure it was right for you. The best source may be word of mouth from friends and neighbours. When speaking to people who recently moved into the neighbourhood, ask them what company they used.
Make sure the moving company you use has options that are right for your move. Bill Removalists Sydney has trucks ranging from 4 to 15 tons to efficiently make your move, whether it is a studio or a 4 bedroom home you are moving. Eastern suburbs removals even have the option of multiple trucks if you are moving between palatial sized homes.
Remember to forward or change services to your new address.
Before moving, you need to go to into your local Australia Post office and make sure to have your mail redirected to your new address. If you know there are certain companies that you get important mail from (credit card bills, insurance company bills, etc) you should inform them of your new address directly, as mail can be slowed somewhat when redirected as opposed to being sent directly to the new address. You will also need to make sure you have timed services (gas, electricity, and water) to shut off at the old address and come on at the new address to time with your move.
Prepare a moving day kit.
This may seem like a fairly small item compared to the others mentioned on the list, but is still important for making your life easier on moving day. Certain things you will need on moving day. Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes and whatever else you can think of that you may need during the move.
Handle specific legal requirements when moving to a new State.
Moving to a new State will mean having to familiarise oneself with new laws to follow. For most of us, the biggest thing this will mean is that we have to transfer over our vehicle registration and license information as each State has its own laws. The following link will provide information regarding vehicle registration and licensing requirements.
Pack important items that you’ll need to find quickly at the new place in your luggage.
You’ll be taking your luggage with you anyway, right? So use it to hold some items for the move. Your luggage will stick out to you far more readily than just another box for those important things that you may need on the first day at your new home.
It is hard to find a person who considers the act of moving a fun experience. Hopefully the above tips will help make it more bearable so that you can quickly focus on enjoying your new home and neighbourhood.