House moving tips to avoid last-minute panic

Date Monday, 6 July 2015 12:00 AM

Moving house can be a daunting task.

From choosing a removal company to packing boxes and frantically updating your mailing address with various service providers, there's so much to keep track of that it's little wonder that many homeowners rate it as one of life's most stressful events.

However, this hasn't stopped Australians from pursuing their dream homes, and we remain a fairly nomadic people. In fact, 43 per cent of people over the age of 15 have moved house in the last five years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Avoid the last-minute panic by following our house-moving checklist:

Two months to go

Moving day might seem like a distant date on the calendar, but the sooner you start planning, the better. If you want to rent a truck or hire professional movers, start getting quotes and comparing prices. If you plan on doing it all yourself, think about how you can bribe your friends and family into helping.

Measure the spaces in your new home and begin planning the layouts of the various rooms. Any non-essential possessions should be sold, donated or thrown away, as you won't want to fill your beautiful new home with unnecessary clutter.

Remember to measures the spaces in your new home to make sure all your furniture fits.Remember to measures the spaces in your new home to make sure all your furniture fits.

One month to go

Begin packing up your home into boxes, starting with items you're unlikely to need in the next few weeks. Set cleaning products to one side - they're going to be getting a lot of use between now and moving day.

Call up your service providers and schedule a date to disconnect utilities at your old address, as well as a time to connect them at your modern new home. Enquire about your existing insurance policies, such as home contents and vehicle cover, and find out how much (if any) your premium is going to change. 

Your frozen goods and perishables probably aren't going to survive the move, so this is a great time to start getting creative in the kitchen and digging out those long-lost goodies from the back of the refrigerator. 

One week to go

If you've been using your time wisely, by now your home is probably packed to the brim with cardboard boxes. Confirm details with the moving company or, if you're hiring a truck yourself, work out where and when to pick it up from. 

Redirect your mail to your new address with your local post office and cancel local paid memberships. Other services such as babysitters, gardeners and cleaners will also need to be informed of your moving date.

Getting the boxes packed is a satisfying step towards moving into your new dream home.Getting the boxes packed is a satisfying step towards moving into your new dream home.

One day to go

Pack an overnight bag for moving day. This might include necessary items such as a change of clothes, a toothbrush, pens, paper, snacks and drinks.

Defrost the freezer and clean the fridge. Finish your packing by giving the house one last inspection to make sure you haven't forgotten anything. Arrange the hand over of keys with the new owner and give them your contact details should they need to get in touch with you or forward any mail.

By following this checklist, moving day itself should be a breeze. Settle into your new home and celebrate the start of the next chapter of your life.

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