Moving houses can be one of the most stressful things you do in life – but with the right preparation and planning, you
can guarantee yourself a smooth move!
4 Weeks before the move
The less stuff you have, the quicker, cheaper and easier the move will be. Ask yourself, have I used this within the last year? If not, donate items to charity shops, sell them through various online apps or have a garage sale.
Confirm your moving date
If possible, opt for a midweek move and avoid Holidays (you wont be charged more for a van hire)
If renting, notify your landlord
Decide on a plan of action
• If using moving firms, start obtaining quotes
• If going DIY, look at hiring van prices and start asking your friends
• Make sure your content insurance covers transit
• Notify relevant companies of your move – Banks, Utilities, Internet, Phone, Bills
Start collecting Boxes and Newspaper
Start clearing out sheds and the exterior of the home
Start packing nonessential items – books, non seasonal clothing etc
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Two Weeks before The Move
Return any borrowed items back to friends & neighbors. Arrange for post to be forwarded. USPS allows you to do this online for a small fee. If needed, arrange for a babysitter or pet sitter for moving day.
Research nearby takeaways to plan ‘first nights in’ meal
Start eating the food in your freezer (and refrain from buying more)
Start to pack items in the least used room first
Use the biggest box for the lightest items (this will help boxes from becoming too heavy)
Label boxes by room and number them (have a list of the contents on a separate sheet to prevent theft)
Four Days before The Move
Work out the best route for your move. Are there any low bridges or weight-restricted areas? Are there any planned road works?
Empty & defrost Fridge and Freezer
Pack a ‘first nights in box’ – Include a change of clothes, toilet rolls, cash, important phone numbers, toothbrush, blanket, sleeping clothes and a flashlight
Pack away your Kitchen
Pack your dishes in towels, not newspaper
Make sure any liquids have secure lids
Remind your neighbors that you are moving. They can keep clear any areas the van might need
Keep valuable documents separate and safe
One Day before The Move
Make sure you have keys to your new house
Pack and label a refreshments box
Make sure your cell phones are fully charged – you will need this
MOVING DAY – Loading
Make sure everything is 100% ready before your first helper arrives
Have music playing during the move – make it fun
Leave your contact details for the new occupants if needed
Take photos of the water, electrical, and gas meter of your old home
Assign your friend who is best at Tetris to pack the van
Pack your refreshments box and first nights in box last on the van or drive it there with your personal car
MOVING DAY – UN-Loading
Take photos of the water, electrical, and gas meter of your new home
Unpack the refreshments box – moving house is thirsty and hungry work!
Introduce yourself to your new neighbors
Prioritize setting up your bed so you can jump in later
Arrange for take out delivery for you and your probably exhausted friends
Start packing early. Have a strong moving day plan and have plenty of help on the day of.
You might just end up enjoying the experience!
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