What to Organise BEFORE You Move Homes
With so many things to both consider and do before you even physically move to a new home, the whole prospect is daunting and quite rightly a stressful situation for anyone undertaking it. However, what can instantly seem like a momentous task is often a straightforward process – if you get yourself prepared as much as possible. By devising a checklist a couple of weeks beforehand, adding everything that you can think of ahead of time, you should be able to ensure that you cover almost every base possible here.
Here are some helpful suggestions of what to include on such a checklist:
Select a removalist firm:
As soon as you know your moving date, this should be your first task. Take a little time ahead to scour the market and get the best deal, to ensure you feel completely comfortable with whom you choose. Confirm your exact details nearer the moving day itself with set times, directions, parking abilities, and emergency contact numbers.
Make packing preparations:
Though a reputable removalist will help you as much as possible on moving day itself, it’s up to you to get the initial packing done. This is usually considered the more time consuming of jobs and often delays many a move! As soon as you have the date, look at working from top to bottom, or from the least used areas of the home first, and create a schedule that gets you packed with a day or two to spare. While you’re on this task, work out an unpacking schedule for when you get to the other side, so this part runs just as smoothly.
Get rid of unwanted items:
Make this the time to go through your home, especially in those areas where we tend to store many unused items such as attics, lofts, basements, and garages. Decide what will come with you and what you want to get rid of, then concentrate on acting to clear these areas.
Get your mail sorted:
Work out just who you’ll need to inform of your change of address. Write, email, and call as many people as you can to tell them about your new details. The offers a fantastic way of managing any mail that you haven’t entirely been able to get around to informing of your change of address, making it perfect for catching that post which may otherwise have not reached you.
Inform the relevant authorities:
Perhaps one of the most important parts of this checklist will be those authorities, governing bodies, and organisations as such. Though this may seem an obvious thing to do, it’s often an area that many people forget to inform during a move, and unfortunately is often overlooked for many months afterward! To avoid incurring fines, or something worse, make the Electoral Commission and your Local Council/Government top of your list.
Sign up to new establishments:
You may find a waiting list for many GP surgeries and dentists, so putting your name down ahead of time is recommended here. It’s worth continuing with your current establishments until you’re accepted. Similarly, getting your names onto any potential new schools and educational institutions should also be a priority. Also, don’t forget to register your new address with the local hospital, opticians, and, if applicable, a local veterinary practice.
Inform current utility providers while looking for new ones:
You won’t want to be boiling the kettle in your new home while incurring electricity charges in both new and old dwellings simultaneously! Informing your utility providers is often a two-stage process; one – to let them know of your leave date in your current home and two – the start date in your new home. Though there is bound to be a small cross over between moving and starting with a new provider, the sooner you can give them a completion date, the better here. The main areas here involve electricity, gas, and water:
- Energy Australia
- Red Energy
- Momentum Energy
Organise your internet:
For many, the internet is a lifeline that we just can’t envisage being without. However, when it comes to moving there is usually a slight delay with getting your line and connections transferred. Therefore, the sooner you can plan this – the better, more so if you can get it sorted for your moving in date. This is perhaps more important to some than others, primarily if one of you works from home or needs a secure connection for work-related stuff.
Sort finance and insurance details out:
Equally essential to inform of your moving information are those financial institutions and anything related to money and finances such as banks and building societies, pension providers, credit card providers, and store cards. Home insurance is a must here, but also car, travel, health, and pet insurance needs to be dealt with.
Clean your new home:
By planning, you could give yourself adequate time to arrange a set day to clean out your new home before you move in. Whether this is a deep clean or a simple flick round with the vacuum and duster, by arranging it beforehand you can move in straight away and not have to worry about cleaning as you go on move day itself.
Organise fittings, furnishings, and items for your new home:
Similarly, you could use this very same allocated cleaning day to wait in for any new furnishings and get shelves and units put up. This could also be the best time to call out those carpet and floor fitters for quotes if the rooms are empty.
Arrange childcare and pet care for moving day:
An important thing to consider if you have children or pets is removing them from the situation on moving day and keeping them occupied elsewhere! Try to enlist family and friends to help you do this as you won’t be having to tend to them as you work, and they will subsequently be safer away from it all.
Cancel any local services:
Don’t forget here those paper deliveries, window cleaning services, and gardening services, while settling any outstanding bills.
Remember those miscellaneous services:
These are the ones that people often forget to tell or inform when moving such as pet microchips, automobile breakdowns, gym memberships, and even car registration documentation.