Things to do before you move

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We recently wrote a blog about things you should do before selling, so now we thought we would cover off a few things that you should do before you move into your new house.

Label your boxes

When you start packing, label what is in every box and what location you would like that box in. It also helps if you keep all cords, cables and devices together so that when you go to set up your TV for instance, everything is in the one place. And for those tricky devices that have multiple cords, use coloured tape to help the reconnect process.

Connect your utilities

You need to connect your electricity, water, gas and internet as soon as possible. The last thing you want is to move into a house where you can’t turn the lights or taps on. The process is quite simple for most, you just need to contact your providers of choice with your name, new address and preferred dates and times for the servicemen to attend your premises.

Organise house and contents insurance

As Sandra Bullock famously said on The Blind Side, ‘Every housewife knows, the first cheque you write is for the mortgage, but the second is for the insurance.’ So once you sign on the dotted line for your new home, it is important you contact your insurance provider and ensure you are covered for the duration of the move when you are technically in between houses. Talk to your provider on what your best options are but generally speaking, conclude your insurance policy for your current residence the day after you move, and commence your insurance policy for your new residence, the day before you move so that you are always covered in the case of an accident.

Update your address

This is an important one to do as soon as possible so that you are not leaving the fate of your mail in the hands of the new owners or Australia Post. First of all, notify the post office of your new address and if you want, set up a redirection for either one, three, six or 12 months. This option will cost you between $23 and $100 but can prove worthwhile to avoid any ‘lost bills’.

Also update your address and new phone numbers (if applicable) with:

  • Your bank or any financial institutions that you have a loan with
  • Any insurance providers (car, house & contents, life, health, etc)
  • The electoral roll
  • Your employer
  • Any services where you receive a paper bill (like your landline or mobile for instance)
  • Your superannuation fund
  • Any magazine subscriptions
  • And last but not least, your friends and family. You don't want a wedding invitation to go awry

Allocate key sets

Once you have picked up the keys from the real estate agent, allocate a set to everyone in your family who needs them. If there isn’t enough keys cut for every member of the family, head to the local shopping centre and get enough copies of the front door keys cut. Everyone in the family doesn’t need keys to every door in the house but make sure there is a spare set around for everyone in case one gets lost or broken in the lock.

Clean the house

The normal process during a property transaction is for the house / unit to be professionally cleaned including carpets. However not everyone’s expectations are the same, therefore it could pay to have a preferred supplier or cleaner come in and clean the house from floor to roof just before you move in so that it’s sparkling when you move in. Alternatively, allocate a day before the big move to give yourself enough time to go in and clean the property to your standards so that you aren’t trying to do it around furniture and boxes.

Pack a ‘moving’ kit that you keep close by

To help avoid any unnecessary stress, organise a kit with essential moving items to make the move much simpler. Items should include:

  • Tools to assemble furniture (allan keys / screw drivers / spare nuts & bolts / hammer / scissors etc)
  • Labelled envelopes / ziplock bags that have the nuts and bolts for beds and furniture
  • Dust pan & brush, broom, spray and wipe, cloths
  • Torch and batteries
  • Snacks (nuts, crackers, lollies) and water. Or if you have the power connected, pack the kettle and a few tea bags.
  • Spare sheets or towels

Organise children and pets

Make life as easy as possible on your big move day and ask friends or family to mind your children and pets so that you don’t have to worry about open gates. Not only will it help quicken the process, it will also reduce the stress as it will be one less person / thing requiring your attention.

Get to know your new neighbours and community

Getting to know your neighbours will help you settle into your new home all the quicker. Knowing a smiling face around the neighbourhood also has its benefits – such as if you go on holiday, you will have someone to collect your mail or put your bin out or if you are ever in need of a cup of sugar. It will also help you find local resources such as community groups, babysitters, handymen, day care centres plus much more. 

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