Moving home? We’ve devised a handy moving house checklist for you. Print it off and use it to action the important moving home jobs, a little more easily.
There’s no sugar-coating the fact moving house is up there with some of life’s most stressful experiences.
The anxiety associated with change can get us all little hot under the collar, so it’s important we try to think of ways to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
To help reduce the tension of moving house, we’ve compiled our top five tips to get you started and keep things running smoothly.
Moving house requires help – start recruiting early.
Nothing says ‘friendship’ like seeing your best mate hobbling across the lawn, balancing your prized teacup collection on top of 10 years of National Geographic magazines.
If you’re not using professionals, gather your friends and family to help on moving day. You could even disguise it as an official Facebook event, promising your loved ones a BBQ and drinks at day’s end.
The moving home marathon.
There’s no getting around the fact that moving house is a marathon, but divide the process into a series of individual tasks. Think of each room as a manageable leg to be completed one at a time.
Ticking off each small section delivers a sense of accomplishment to fuel your focus on the next section of the marathon!
Moving house is a great time to let go.
Moving house is the perfect time to clear out the clutter – which for hoarders can be the ultimate challenge – so stay disciplined. T
Start thinking about this well before moving day, clearing rooms out in smaller batches is far less daunting than one big cleanout.
For each room, divide belongings into three piles – keep, maybe and lose – then concentrate your decision-making on your maybe pile. Be ruthless and stick to the rules for the entire home. (As a general guide, if you haven’t used it in the last six months it’s time to let it go.)
For items of value in the ‘dump pile, perhaps a weekend garage sale or Gumtree advertising can turn your trash into cash. Alternatively, donate these items to charity.
Moving is a beast, so organise your move like a military operation.
View your move as a military operation – troops in line, clear plan of attack, smooth execution.
Stock up on boxes – ask your local hardware store or grocers for spares – and a couple of thick permanent markers. Label each box with room it’s from and a subtitle of the items (e.g. ‘Kitchen – cutlery’.) Be sure to also mark boxes containing fragile items.
Newspaper is perfect for safely protecting wine glasses or candles, so start collecting papers a few weeks before the move.
You should also consider a logical order for packing your belongings – leaving your cleaning products until last, for instance, as cleaning your empty house will be towards the end of your list.
Get creative with your packing.
Good packing is an art form, so before the game of Tetris begins it’s important to pack boxes well to avoid unnecessary breakages and reduce your load.
Get creative – there are no set rules for packing – but consider taping cables securely to your appliance to avoid frustrating tangles, or making good use of valuable free space in vessels like pots, bins, even your shoes!
We hope you’re feeling positive about the move and can put some of our tips to good use. Don’t forget to try our moving house checklist. Good luck!
Whether you’re moving house or building and moving into your new home, Kleenheat makes it easy to ensure your gas supply is ready for you.
Using natural gas?
Existing customers can transfer their account to a new address with just a few easy clicks in My Account and we’ll make sure the great savings join you at your new place. Yet to switch? Sounds like it’s time for a new home, and new savings.
We have easy-to-use online options to sign up or switch to Kleenheat, or speak with our friendly, award-winning customer service team by calling our dedicated Moving House hotline on 1300 650 687.
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If you’re thinking about moving or have already moved, more information on moving with Kleenheat is available at kleenheat.com.au/movers.