Written by Cara Fitzgerald | 18 August 2023

Moving house is the envy of no one. Even the thought of it can be overwhelming, but with the right planning and preparation, you’ll be able to eliminate much of the stress for a smoother move. These helpful tips will guide you through some of the bigger ticket moving house ‘must dos’.

A couple enjoying moving house while packing boxes

Essential moving house tips

Book your removalist

Of course, the choice is yours whether to move everything yourself with some mates and their utes, or hire a removalist, but if you have a lot of belongings or are moving a long distance, then hiring professional movers might be the better way to go. Book your removalist well in advance to ensure you get the date and the company you want. Make sure to research and compare different moving companies to find one that fits your needs and budget. Many of them will also drop off moving boxes to you, making it one less thing to organise yourself.

Be sure to arrange a space out the front of your new house for your removal truck to unload, and discuss with them any potential access issues like stairs and narrow streets, to avoid difficulties and cost blowouts on the day.

Start packing early

It’s not until you start packing, that you realise just how much stuff you have, so it’s essential to start packing early. Have all the packing essentials on hand in a container so you don’t have to go searching for them each time you find time to quickly fill up another box – packing tape, Stanley knife, scissors, labels, Sharpie pens, and ziplock bags for smaller items like the screws from beds so you don’t lose them.

Hunt around for a good deal on boxes, either through your moving company, local hardware (benefit being you can return what you don’t use), or you can even pick them up very cheaply second hand through Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace for example.

Cull as you pack! Keep in mind the catchphrase of cleanliness guru Marie Kondo “Does it spark joy?” and discard what doesn’t. Hold a garage sale with your unwanted items to lighten your load and earn some cash before the move. Start packing non-essential items as soon as possible to avoid the last-minute rush. Use sturdy boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap to protect your belongings during transit. Label each box with the contents and the room it belongs in to make unpacking quicker and easier.

Plan for children and pets

Moving can be stressful for children and pets too, which can definitely add another level of trauma to the whole moving experience. Plan ahead to ensure their safety and comfort during the move, such as arranging daycare or a family member to look after them for the day. Be sure to pack a bag of their favourite toys to keep them happy and occupied.

Notify utilities and service providers

Be sure to notify all your service providers of your change of address, such as electricity and water, as well as your employer, bank, health and insurance companies, so you continue to receive important mail without any unplanned interruptions to your service. Do not forget to contact your internet provider, especially if you have teenagers, given it can be more important than food and water!

Change your address and forward your mail

It’s super important to change your address with relevant government agencies including updating your address with Medicare, Centrelink, on your driver’s license, vehicle registration and the electoral roll. Also consider having your mail redirected to your new address by Australia Post for a specified period of time. These can all be done online or in person at a local office.

For anyone about to embark on the mission of moving house, with a bit of smart planning, it needn’t be a nightmare. Start packing early, only pack what brings you joy and keep a box of essentials items close by to get you through the first couple of days in your new home. With the right preparation, you can make your move a smooth success.

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