The Ultimate Moving Guide!
So you're moving house? Here is the ultimate guide to moving so you're super organized!
Planning a move is almost like planning a wedding. Organization, execution and one hell of a to do list will make the move smooth sailing!
Smooth Sailing doesn't happen overnight, but just like any happy bride, a happy mover needs to be super organized and have a checklist in place that rivals a visit from the Queen! As were moving Farm at the moment, I thought id give you a few tips and tricks to help make any move you make a little easier.... so here we go!
2 MONTHS OUT: SORTING, FILING, CHUCKING OUT, DONATING, LABELLING, HIRING REMOVALISTS AND HIRING HOUSE CLEANERS
Two months out seems like an eternity for some of you, but before we start physically packing, we need to start to sort, file, toss, purge, donate, label and hire.
. sort your wardrobe, drawers and cabinets
. sus out what items are necessary or not
. organise a skip bin or trailer for junk
. borrow a mates trailer for donations or tip run
. book a reliable removalist - we love Nathan from Greater Gold Coast removals - so cheap and friendly 0426 789 199
. take some pics of your current home, its great to look back and remember all the good times you had at that wonderful property!
6 WEEKS OUT: CONFIRM, ARRANGE, NOTIFY, COPY AND GET A PLAN FOR THE BIG DAY
There's a lot of behind the scenes work and documentation to do and file before your place
is ready to move. Lets get the logistics organized and the paperwork accounted for before we get our boxes ready to fill.
. notify all current services like electricity, foxtel, Telstra, mail redirection, gas, school, doctors, bank, pharmacy, vet, childcare, RACQ, insurances, pet and microchip registration, store accounts, grocery delivery, EBay account, licence and car rego, electoral roll, etc, etc.... you get the idea. Just keep all your accounts in one place - like a file, that goes in the car or truck with you.... just in case
. create a specific game plan for the next 6 weeks that you feel ok about.
4 WEEKS OUT: BUYING OR BORROWING PACKING BOXES, MOVING MUST HAVES, CONTACTING NEW SERVICES, MENTALLY GET READY TO MOVE
Its almost time to pack! but youll need to get your moving supplies organised before you're knee deep in cardboard boxes. Once you have your boxes, you can get to work!
. get some boxes!
. get some sticky tape on a roll thingy
Start by packing items that you wont be needing during the next 4 weeks. That vase Aunty Beryl gave you for Christmas, that scratchy set of sheets that drives you mad!
. start contacting current utility companies and give them an end date for the service, electricity and water needs to be cut off and a guy come round to read the meter, so you don't get any nasty bills! By getting all this done now, you'll be able to have the new connections booked at the new house by move in day!
1 WEEK OUT: PACKING, CHANGING ADDRESS, GET FINANCES IN ORDER, CREATE A MOVING DAY SURVIVAL KIT..... AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH!
We're down to the wire! You've been handling things one at a time and you're in good shape! All that's left to do is finish packing, change your address (most companies allow online changes!) and packing your moving survival kit for the first 24 hours in the new house! (check it out below)
. pack, pack, pack AND pack!
. label your boxes with a big black texta so your moving team will know where to put it
. set up a locksmith appointment to change the locks on the new house.... you never who still has a key right?
. grab some cash out of the ATM for the movers and cleaners.... every tradie loves cash!
MOVING DAY - YAY, ITS HERE!
We're here! Yay for new beginnings. How can he movers and helpers on the day make your life easier? Its your job to answer that question.... over, and over and over again!
. don't be afraid to tell everyone how they can help, or where they should put boxes and furniture - the more detail the better, this saves your back later on!
. do a final walk through of the house to make sure you've got everything
. be a confident leader on moving day
. inform any helpers about any special needs, comments, concerns or general info they may need for the day
. enjoy watching Nathan and the other movers lift all the heavy stuff and have a
cold drink ready for them at the other end!
. pay the boys (or girls) and please.....
round up the amount/give them a tip... they've just saved your chiro bill for the next 6 months!
. make a tray of bikkies, or scones, and pop next door to meet your neighbours... or is that just me! We've never had a neighbour that didn't love us!
Congratulations! You did it! Time to crack a cold one, tell your favourite story of your old house, have a hot shower and crawl into bed... ready to start unpacking boxes tomorrow..... and guess what? ITS EASIER TO UNPACK A BOX, THAN PACK IT!
SURVIVAL GUIDE - first 24 hours - what should you keep with you?
Hopefully this list of items will motivate you to set aside the bare necessities so you can enjoy the first 24 hours in your new abode. When I say enjoy.... I mean, that you don't have to search through 50 boxes before you find your contraceptive pill! I think this will help you avoid emergencies, minimize stress levels and keep you and your moving team chilled.
. important paperwork
. phone and charger
. pen and paper
. zip lock bags - to keep stuff together, like screws for the bed frames!
. healthy snacks... you wont feel fuelled up on Maccas!
. paper plates and cups, serviettes..... for the take away Chinese or pizza youll be grabbing for dinner!
. garbage bags - don't know where it all comes from.... but it does!
. extra light bulbs
. fresh towels - who doesn't love a hot shower before bed when you're dirty, hot and sweaty
. sheets and blankets to make the bed
. knife, scissors to open the boxes the next day
. toiletries, shampoo, toothbrush and paste
. cleaning supplies
. drop cloth - maybe something leaked during transit... like our fish sauce in 2008! (insert unhappy face)
Hope we've given you a few helpful hints.... and I hope I remember all I've just told you next week..... when its our turn!
Until next time..... Happy Farming!