Whew, you can breathe a sigh of relief once moving is over. But there’s still so much to do, where should you begin? Like with packing, unpacking and settling in should be approached in a logical and methodical way, giving you time and energy to enjoy your new home without feeling frazzled and disorganised! These tips will help you stay on top of things so that you’re on your way to feeling settled in no time at all.
Appliances & Connections
– Check that the hot water, gas and electricity are all working straight away.
– Plug your fridge in so it can start chilling. The sooner you can have it ready to store grocery staples and meal essentials, the better! Keep an esky handy in case you need to put a few things on ice before the fridge is ready to use.
– Connect the washing machine as soon as it’s moved into position in the laundry. Moving is dusty work, and being able to throw on a load of washing the day after you’ve moved in will prevent things from piling up.
– Connect your TV and Wi-Fi so that little kids can be entertained while you unpack. A lot can be achieved during a ninety minute kid’s film!
Furniture & Unpacking
– Put together the beds as soon as you can, it’s always nice to have somewhere comfy to sleep after the strenuous task of moving. If you can’t put together the beds, at least grab some bed linen and make up each mattress in the room it belongs in so everyone will have somewhere to sleep on the first night.
– Prioritise unpacking kitchen essentials first – cutlery, crockery, coffee mugs, and glassware are everyday items you’ll be thankful to have neatly unpacked and waiting for you to use.
– If you have little kids, try and unpack their clothes and belongings as soon as you can. Once their books, toys, and clothes are accessible to them they’ll be able to busy themselves while you continue getting organised in other rooms of the house.
– Unpack essential clothing items first, such as work clothes, school or sports uniforms, and any toiletries you’ll need in the first week. If you’re heading back to work and the kids are going back to school a day or two after you move, you’ll need these things ready to go.
First Home Buyers
– If you’re moving into your very first home, take the time to plan where you’ll store things. You may find that unpacking quickly just to get it done means things aren’t organised in the most convenient way – it may take you a few days to figure out the placement things, so take some time to get a feel for the space and layout of the house before you unpack absolutely everything.
– Before you shop for any new furniture, measure each room properly and the floor space you want to allocate to each furniture piece. Mapping out spaces to measure on the floor with painter’s tape is a good way to get a visual idea of how big furniture is and how it will fit in each space.
– Don’t feel you have to fill every room with furniture and accessories in the first few weeks. You may decide you swap kids’ rooms around, or change the location of your dining area as you keep settling in. If you have blank spaces, take the time to think about how you’ll use them before you spend money at furniture stores.
– Get a change of address form from the post office and fill it in as soon as you can. You can also check a box on there that changes your address on the electoral roll as well. When the next election rolls around you’ll be set up to vote with your new home address details!
– Ensure you have rerouted your mail so you don’t miss out on any important bills and paperwork at your new home.
– Make a list of any and all services and subscriptions that contain your address and spend some time online or on the phone within the first week updating them with your new address.
Once you’ve moved into your new home, it can feel like you’ll never get rid of moving boxes and all the headaches that go along with moving house. But as the dust settles while you accomplish each task and unpack each box, you’ll start feeling more and more like you’re settling in at home.
Have you recently settled in to a new home? What sorts of things made the transition easier for you? We’d love to know in the comments!
Moving house is often fraught with stress and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the weeks before, as well as on the day you actually move. In the lead up it can feel like a logistical nightmare, and it’s tempting just give up on the whole endeavour and stay put, but you didn’t spend time packing all those boxes up for nothing, right? There are a few ways you can ease the pressure of moving house by being organised, and calling on friends and family to help you out wherever possible.
– Ensure your water, gas, electricity, and phone/Wi-Fi are connected before you move. You’ll have hot water and power to get on with everyday life as soon as you walk through the door. This is a creature comfort you’ll be thankful for after a long day of lifting boxes and furniture in and out of dusty trucks!
– Contact your service providers to see what assistance they can offer you before you take ownership of your new home. Ask them if they can do their work remotely to minimise the time you need to spend at the property waiting for them to connect your utilities.
– Ensure your moving company is confirmed a few days before you move, and that they are booked in to start early in the day.
– Have everything packed before the movers arrive! Nothing will make you feel more stressed out than frantically packing last minute things while movers start emptying your house.
– Prioritise your moving boxes when they’re packed onto the moving truck by putting boxes with frequently used items on last so they’re the first ones brought inside your new home.
– Ask family and friends to transport smaller boxes and valuables in their cars, saving the moving truck for the larger items, and minimising the risk of losing something valuable in transit.
– Disassemble any furniture a day or two before you move to save time. Having to pull out a drill to take apart a bed while movers stand over you waiting will delay everyone.
– Keep the nuts and bolts for furniture in clearly labelled, separate zip lock bags. Carry them with you in a bag or box so they don’t get lost in the moving van. Keep your drill handy to make reassembling furniture quick and easy at the other end.
Kids and Pets
– If you have kids and pets, see if someone is free to babysit them at their house for part or most of the day. Not having kids and animals underfoot to feed and entertain will free you up to get on with the move. It also ensures they’re not in the way while heavy boxes and large furniture items are being shifted.
– As soon as evening approaches arrange for a takeaway delivery so the kids and anyone else who’s helped you move aren’t getting too hangry. A well-timed food delivery will keep everyone happy!
Food and Drinks
– Ask your friends if they can spare some fridge space. Cook a meal and ask them to store it for you, or give them some grocery staples to store for you. When you’re settled in your home, they can heat up the meal or drop off snacks so that the first or second night you’ll have food ready to eat after a long day!
– Pack a small esky with a kettle, instant coffee, tea, and long-life milk, as well as some coffee cups and spoons so everyone can take a quick coffee break to replenish those flagging energy levels.
– Buy a sleeve of plastic cups and a few big bottles of water. Hydration is important, especially if you’re moving on a hot Summer day!
– Do a final walk through of your home before you vacate to check cupboards and drawers for any forgotten items. If possible get someone else to accompany you to double check each room so you don’t miss anything.
– Make sure you leave all the keys to the house with the new owners or real estate agent, including keys to any outside locks
If you can manage it, take a few days off from work before and after you move house. Having time to organise last minute things during business hours before you move is invaluable, as is having time off to start unpacking and organise your home without having to worry about fitting it in around work. Allowing yourself those extra days on either side of the move will keep you feeling on top of things and level-headed amongst the chaos.
Have you moved recently? What are your tips and tricks for a smooth moving day? We’d love to hear from you!
You’re building a new house and you’re dreaming about all the new furniture you want to buy, what colour you’ll paint the walls, and how you’ll landscape the garden, right? But before all of that, as your settlement date looms, you still have to pack up your existing home, organise utilities to be switched over, and a million other little things – there’s so much to organise! But it doesn’t have to be a chaotic, stressful event. If you have a plan and give yourself plenty of time to arrange things, moving home can go smoothly and you can settle in your new home without a flurry of stress and anxiety. The first step? Packing!
Packing is always the top of everyone’s list. It’s a daunting task, and it’s by far the biggest undertaking of moving house. Approach it logically and methodically, and you’ll be able to move into your new home feeling organised and stress-free. We have some tips and tricks to make it a breeze.
– First up, take the opportunity to do a big clean out! Old clothes, homewares, and electrical gadgets that haven’t been used can all be disposed of or donated, making your load lighter than before.
– Invest in packing tape dispensers, bubble wrap, and moving boxes. Keep an eye out at your local hardware store, on neighbourhood social media groups, or even at work for used packing boxes and supplies to minimise waste. Reuse whatever you can, then pass it on to someone else when you’ve unpacked everything – moving boxes are expensive to buy!
– Assess each room and plan to pack room by room. Start with the least used room first, perhaps the study, or spare room, then work your way forward to packing the most frequently used rooms closer to your moving date.
– Borrow suitcases from friends and family to pack your clothes in. Pack seasonally – if you move in Summer, pack all your Winter clothes first, or vice versa. That way you don’t have to unpack everything all at once, just what you need immediately.
– Leave out three or four days’ worth of outfits for each family member to put in an overnight bag, along with basic toiletries. This will come in handy if you’re moving interstate and your wardrobe is stuck on a moving van for a couple of days, or you don’t have time to unpack your clothes in the first few days after moving in.
– When packing up kids’ rooms, pack some books and toys in a bag so they have something to play with for the first few days until you’ve fully unpacked their things. That way there won’t be too many cries of boredom while their toys are still in boxes!
– Pack up your kitchen last. As it’s the most frequently used room in the home, leave yourself some time in the days before you move to pack it up, making sure to bubble wrap all the breakables.
– You can still pack up kitchen items that aren’t frequently used in the meantime. Things like large platters, excess wine and champagne glasses, and anything else you won’t be using in the weeks before you move.
Time to Unpack
– Having every box labelled with as much detail as possible will make unpacking smooth sailing. Instead of just labelling something “kitchen” try to add specifics like “platters and salad bowls”, or “wine glasses and bar items.” This saves you time unpacking – instead of going through box after box to find plates and cups, you can see which box you need to unpack straight away.
– Once you’ve arrived at your new home, stick signs on the doors of each room indicating which boxes belong in there. This will save the movers from having to ask you repeatedly which box goes in which room.
– If there’s anything you definitely don’t need immediately, and you have a garage, pop those boxes in there. Less boxes in the house equals less clutter and less stress for you when the seemingly unending task of unpacking becomes overwhelming. Those boxes can be tackled at a later date once you’re more settled.
Have you moved recently? If you’ve got any packing tips, we’d love to hear them!
Choosing to build a new home can be incredibly beneficial to families, first home buyers and investors.
Reasons for such a decision can include the home buyer growing out of their current home, choosing to run a business from home, the need for more space or a different location, a lifestyle change and the list goes on.
However, research suggests that record numbers of people are choosing to improve their homes with extensions and additions as opposed to moving altogether. Reasons for this change in trend vary depending on location and of course the continual adjustment of interest rates.