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Smooth Moves: Tips for a Seamless House Move

 

Smooth moves has never been said about my dancing skills, but it might be used when I talk about moving house. 

If you’re anything like me, you know that moving house can be both exciting and a pain in the backside. Having moved a number of times, including a daring interstate move, I’ve learned a thing or two about making the process a little bit easier. So, if you’re moving into a new home, I’ve got some tips and tricks to share.

1. Plan Like a Pro:

A successful move begins with a solid plan. Grab a notebook and your favourite pen and start a moving checklist. Jot down everything that needs to be done. This will help you see where you’re at.
Break the tasks down into manageable chunks and set deadlines to keep yourself on track. Reach out to any friends or family who might be able to lend a helping hand leading up to and on moving day! Just don’t forget to shout a round to say thanks.

By staying organised and thorough, you will have a much more seamless experience.

2. Declutter and Donate:

Moving is the perfect opportunity to declutter your life. Go through your belongings, and be ruthless! If you haven’t used it in the last 6 months, do you really need it?

Toss damaged items and donate other items you no longer need or use. Not only will this lighten your load, but it will also give your old stuff a chance to spark joy in someone else’s life.

Decluttering can make a huge difference in starting fresh in your new home.

3. Pack Smartly:

When it comes to packing, being smart is the name of the game. Invest in sturdy boxes and label them clearly for easy unpacking. Transparency is crucial in every aspect of the moving process. Keeping your items well-organised and labeled will ensure you know exactly where everything is when you need it.

Be realistic when it comes to box sizes and what you’re putting in them. Don’t think you can load your whole book collection in one big box. Your back will thank me later…

Keep essential items like important documents, toiletries, and a change of clothes in a separate “first-night” box, so you won’t have to dig through everything upon arrival.

4. Get Services Set Up in Advance:

Before moving day, make sure to get your new home’s services set up in advance. This includes utilities like water, electricity, gas, and internet. By doing so, you’ll avoid any last-minute hassles and have a smooth transition into your new space. Most utilities have move options to help, so reach out and take advantage of those services.

5. Know Your Bin Collection Days:

Familiarise yourself with the rubbish and recycling collection schedule in your new neighbourhood. There are two options here; street stalk when others put theirs out, or checkout your local council’s website.

If you have lots of cardboard boxes once you have unpacked everything, consider donating them to a friend who has a cat or to a daycare/kindy/preschool. Otherwise, most councils will have a recycling centre that will take them for free. (No promises it will be free, so you’ll have to find that out yourself. I can’t do everything for you.)

6. Embrace the Adventure and chaos:

Finally, as moving day approaches, take a deep breath and embrace the adventure and chaos. Moving to a new home is an opportunity for growth, change, and new memories. So, as you step into your new abode, don’t forget to find your new cafe, park, and say hi to your new neighbours.

Remember, moving might have its challenges, but with a bit of planning, a ton of coffee, and a pinch of help from Tristen Scott (this article), you’ll be settling into your new home with ease.

Happy moving and remember to have fun along the way.

Jared Campbell