Top Tips For Moving Into Your New Dream Home
Make moving in a breeze17 April 2020
You have finally built your dream home and now it’s time to move. Although incredibly exciting, studies show moving is one of the most stressful things a person can do in their life and something that most don’t want to repeat often.
At Elderton Homes, we think it’s safe to assume that you want to make the moving process as ‘smooth-sailing’ as possible, and while we will be assisting you with putting the final touches on your new home, we want you to have the most seamless moving experience as possible.
As such, we have put together a list of some helpful tips to consider when planning your big move.
Planning is everything at the best of times, but even more so when preparing to move into a new home. Start going through your belongings at least six weeks prior to your move date and formulate a plan of where everything will. Work out what belongings you’ll need versus the things you don’t and work backward, packing the nonessentials first.
There also may also be a lot of items that you either want to sell, give to charity or get rid of in the process and its not something you want to leave to the last minute. Schedule pickups or drop-offs to local charities, or post items that you don’t want on eBay, Gumtree or Etsy with enough time so that you’re not scrambling at the last minute.
Furthermore, arrange telephone and internet dis/connections at both old and new properties at least two weeks in advance to avoid a long waiting period for new internet and phone connections. Mail redirections also take two weeks in Australia to take effect, so try and schedule that early as well.
Pack by room
A systematic room-by-room approach is the least stressful way to take on the daunting task of packing up your home. When you have planned what goes where in your new home, pack your boxes according to each room and clearly label them. That way, when removalists unload the boxes into your new home, they will be able to easily decipher where to put them. Additionally, prevent losing items by numbering the boxes as you go, so when you get to your new home, if you are missing boxes you will be able to notify the removalist immediately.
Protect your things
Wrap everything securely. This is particularly important for those who are travelling a long distance. The last thing you want is to arrive at your new home with boxes full of broken valuables. Use plastic sealable bags to store your toiletries or liquid items to prevent leakage and try and pack fragile items as tightly as possible to prevent movement. Bubble wrap is good for glassware and ornaments, as are towels and blankets for packing larger glass items such as vases. When packing plates, use either butcher's paper or newspaper to separate each one and pack vertically so the weight is dispersed more evenly. Lastly, don’t forget to label each box Fragile where appropriate so your removalist is aware.
Tape your boxes on both sides
Taping your boxes on both sides will not only prevent items getting damaged by the boxes coming apart but will allow for things to be stacked more easily in the truck.
Make sure all drawers have been emptied
Whether you are moving around the corner or to a far distance, drawers need to be emptied. Many people feel it’s ok to just tape their drawers closed, however not only does this lead to potential damage or loss of items in the drawers, but it is also a major safety hazard for those moving your house.
Don’t water pot plants for 24 hours before moving
This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget this. Not only does it make the pot plants heavier for the removalist, but it can also lead to a big mess which can be avoided.
Pack any daily essentials in a clearly labelled, see-through container
There is nothing worse than realising you have to begin the ‘needle in a haystack’ task of trying to find something you desperately need when you are surrounded by a sea of boxes. Plan out your immediate essentials and separate them in a clear box. This will probably include things like cleaning products, some basic food items, light bulbs, basic tools, power chords and phone chargers.
‘First Night’ Boxes
Following on from your daily essentials, packing first night boxes are also important. This includes everything from clothing, necessary toiletries and medications to towels, bed linen and pillows, so beds can be made up as soon as possible. Children’s special toys and pet food, leads and bowls should also be included where applicable.
Don’t give a removalist your valuables
Items like fine jewellery, passports and other important documents should be kept with you to prevent any chances of them getting lost or thrown out.
Lastly, make sure once you're all in that you treat yourself to something special to celebrate your first night in your brand new dream home!
We hope these handy tips will assist you in the most seamless move possible.