How to: Take the stress out of moving

We all know that moving houses can be a very, very stressful process, taking its toll on your body and your mind. Finding out ways to make the process less stressful is a must! The more informed and prepared you are, the easier this transition will be.

Give yourself time to get organised
Moving can be a lengthy and tiresome process, particularly tiresome if you are trying to cram it all in the last minute. Ideally, you want to allow yourself 12 weeks to get organised, especially if you want to hire removalists. Make a list of tasks you need to do and divide them by the number of weeks you have to ensure you know exactly what needs to be done when.

Start Packing
As soon as you know you will be on the move soon, start packing. It might seem extreme, but packing little by little in advance will give you the much needed time to reflect on what items you actually want to bring with you to your new location. Sort through your belongings, room by room, and toss items you no longer want or need. This helps to ensure that when you move into your new home, you will be moving into an organised and well-constructed place with less clutter and junk around! Packing early also allows extra time for other moving tasks, ensuring you are not left overwhelmed during the final days of moving from your old place.

Keep an overnight bag
It is best to pack an overnight bag ready for your last night in your old place and your first night in your new place. This bag should have a little bit of everything you would need on a normal overnight stay. Think PJs, toiletries, a change of clothes, extra underwear and electronic chargers. This way you can rest easy knowing you have everything you need right at your fingertips.

Don’t buy boxes
Moving puts enough strain on your finances without having to buy moving supplies! Try your local supermarket and surrounding stores for extra boxes and other moving supplies they don’t mind sharing. If you work in a business that deals with boxes, why not find out where these are disposed and see if you are allowed to take them home. Try and find masking tape, label makers or markers and other packing supplies at your local discount store to ensure you save on all moving necessities.

Removalists VS DIY
If you want to lower the stress of your move, we recommend going for the removalist option. Make sure you gather an assortment of quotes from different companies and make sure you get the lowest price available. Just make sure you take note of the following aspects:

• Ask the removalist company about any additional charges – Can they charge you for a call out fee? Or if the move takes longer than expected? Can they charge you if your property is difficult to maneuver around or if your possessions are hard to pack/unpack?
• Find out whether you are paying an hourly rate – Does it include travel time to and from the company’s depot?
• What kind of insurance do they have? What does it cover?
• Make sure you check your goods before and after they have been moved for any damage.
• Ensure you read over terms and conditions carefully.
• Australian Consumer Law (ACL) applies to removalist companies. So if the service fails to meet the consumer guarantees, you have the right to a corrective remedy.

However, if you would like to save all you can you can always do it yourself and hire a van. Ask family and friends if they can lend a hand on move day to increase your man power and support system. When hiring a van, truck or trailer make sure you protect yourself by following these hints:

• Read all rental agreements carefully.
• Examine the vehicle’s conditions report.
• Check the vehicle for existing damage, marks or scrapes not on the report.
• Notify the company of anything you find and make sure they acknowledge these faults in writing.
• Take photos of the vehicle’s condition before using.
• Be there at the end for the vehicle inspection.
Notify every one of your move
Compose a list of different people and services at both your old and new home locations that need to be notified of your moving date. As you notify them, make sure to check them off. Remember to change any magazine subscriptions and your billing addresses. Also, don’t forget to list your change of address with the post office at least a week before you move.

Go with the flow
Even if you are the most organised person, things can always go wrong! So it is important to be flexible and not feel completely overwhelmed if something unplanned occurs. Have a backup plan in your head so that if things don’t work out the way you planned you have a quick alternative you can employ instead. It will make you feel better knowing that you have an alternative option in mind in the event that you need it.

Start planning
One of the most exciting parts of moving (well to us anyway!) is room planning. The best part about moving is getting a fresh start, so why not design your rooms in a new way? As soon as you know where you are moving to you can start to figure out how your current furniture will work in your new space or whether or not you would like to switch up your furniture, current colours schemes and interior style. Look for inspiration in magazines and blogs to find out what kind of style you are going to go for.