Where to Start Moving House
Moving house can be a daunting experience – but it doesn’t have to be. The secret is in the preparation, and the more advance planning you undertake the easier (and less stressful) the move will be for everyone. Take a little time to note down all the expected steps in your move and you will get an idea how to proceed.
Make lists or create a spreadsheet
Your initial list will include everything you require for packing your belongings. A secondary list should contain the services such as electricity and gas you will need to disconnect at your present property and reconnect at your new place. In some cases this will involve transferring residential details with your service provider, or you might like to negotiate a new contract. Once you have the information you require and have established a timeline for the move, it’s time to contact your moving company – the North Shore and Eastern Suburbs specialists – and they will assist you the rest of the way.
It’s important to line up your utilities company prior to moving so you don’t suffer delays in electricity, internet or satellite connections that could disrupt your family or business life. In many cases, the changes can be made online, but you may need to dedicate a day or two to shopping around or being on hand during the changeover. You will need to organise any change of address details for postal services, and don’t forget business cards or letterheads. Even your car insurance premium could be affected by the move, so get onto it as soon as possible to avoid any unforeseen payout in the event of an accident or damage to your vehicle.
Some of your expensive items might need to be packed in special protective boxes. These can be purchased from boxing supplies outlets or directly from your moving company. However for most of your gear, such as clothing, toys and assorted household paraphernalia, regular cardboard boxes will do the trick. You can usually pick up boxes from furniture or appliance stores and other retailers, or simply collect them from recycle bins at industrial/factory areas. It’s good to collect a range of different sizes, and a few more than you think you need: it’s almost guaranteed you will need more boxes than you imagine.
Purchase plenty of packing tape also. It is another essential item that will run out sooner than you think. You can begin packing at your earliest convenience, leaving out items that you need to use up until moving day. Organised movers also like to number or label each box and make up an inventory so you know exactly what is in each one. This will come in handy when its time to unpack, or in the rare case that something unexpectedly goes missing during the move.
Some items that are passable in your present abode may not cut it at your new home. Now is the time to get rid of unwanted items by having a garage sale, giving things away to friends or donating to a charity shop. By downsizing your belongings you may be able to use a smaller truck and minimise your moving costs. If need be, take measurements at your new home as some larger items might no longer be the right fit.
Save time and money
Some people like to be hands-on and do everything themselves, but there are times when professional help is the best option. In order to move a house-load of belongings yourself you would need to hire a truck (possibly with a hydraulic lift), purchase a trolley (or two), buy ropes for tying and blankets for cushioning expensive furniture. You would also need to employ some strong friends for the heavy lifting. And that is all before you encounter potentially hazardous streets, overhanging trees, steps or an awkward narrow access. The cost could add up to that of hiring the professionals, and it really isn’t worth the risk of injury to persons or damage to your beloved furniture.
Get a quote
Sydney Moving can send a representative to your place to help you plan the move. At this stage, ask any questions you have about the move. They have the experience and understanding of all that a move entails, and will investigate any potential obstacles such as awkward driveways, difficult parking or restricted access at your old and new residence.
By taking these few steps into consideration, while keeping your family involved and in the loop, moving day will be easy. The removalist will even put your furniture in place at your new home. All you then need to do is start unpacking, decorating, and celebrating.