Taking The Dread Out Of Moving Day

Despite the excitement most people feel about coming home to a new house, sleeping in a new room, and exploring a new neighborhood, no one really enjoys the moving process. It’s stressful, time consuming, and requires so much multi-tasking and paperwork that it feels like moving day will never be over. Even when you delegate certain moving jobs to the kids, family, or friends, there are still some things that only you can oversee. There is no exact science for a stress-free moving day, but here is a short checklist that might make the job a little easier.

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Contact your landlord

If you’ve been renting up until now, then you need to get in touch with your landlord at least two months before you move to let him know you’re ending your lease. This gives him the time to look for new occupiers so the house is never empty. You also need to go over any agreements and correspondence to be clear on who is responsible for any outstanding repairs. As soon as you know your official moving date, tell your landlord so there is no overlap with the new occupiers.

Organise Your Move

First, get rid of anything you won’t be needing in the new house. Clothes you haven’t worn in over a year can be donated to charity, books you have on Kindle can be given away, and electrical items you no longer use can be given to friends or sold online. Once you’ve purged your belongings, start by packing seasonal items and equipment that you won’t need right away. As soon as possible, you need to arrange for a removal company to take your belongings to your new house. The cost will vary depending on your time slot, whether you’ve hired a regular company or an interstate removalist, and whether you want the movers to disassemble and reassemble your furniture once you get to the new house. It might be more stressful to put the furniture back together yourself, but it would save you some money in the long run.

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Inform Your New Providers

At least 48 hours before you move, call the new gas company, electric company, and internet provider to let them know you will be moving house. They will make a note to cut off the service at your current address so you’re no longer paying for it, and some of them will offer to set up your service at your new address so you’re not without water, electricity and a wifi connection when you move in.

Deep Clean The House

No matter how well you took care of the house, some wear and tear over the years is to be expected. Give the place a thorough end cleaning as soon as you packed away your things. See which repairs you can do yourself to save money, and make sure you leave the house in good condition.

Whether you’re moving into another rented place, or you’ve finally bought your first house, welcome home.

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