Things To Remember When Moving House
I'm not going to lie to you: moving is always stressful. But you can minimise the stress with organisation and planning. Here are 10 tried and true tips for making the process easier.
Like many people, my major experience of moving house happened in my early 20s. However, over the weekend I helped my best friends shift house in Melbourne. The disadvantage of moving later in life is that you have far more possessions to move, and (in many cases) the added complication of children. The advantage is that you've done it all before, so you've got a better idea of what's involved.
1. Start chucking out unwanted stuff early
If you don't start packing until the day before you move, you'll end up panicking and just throwing everything into boxes without consideration. As soon as you know a move is on the cards, start the spring cleaning process. It's much easier to throw stuff away than shift it, but if you're trying to get rid of a lot of stuff, you'll want time — whether that's to sell it, freecycle it, give it away, or (in the worst case scenario) dump it.
2. Get measurements for the new place
Few things are more stressful than realising your cherished family heirloom won't fit in your new living room. Try and schedule a pre-move visit to get accurate measurements of the main rooms. Also measure the width of the entrance doors, so you know what will (and won't) fit through them.
3. Weigh up using a removalist
If you've got lots of massive furniture, a bad back or an interstate move planned, then using a professional makes sense. If you have a lot fewer possessions or are only moving a short distance, then hiring a truck and doing it yourself can make sense. There's no absolute rule; just consider your circumstances. Make sure you get quotes from multiple removalists if you do go down that path. If you hire a truck to drive yourself, take photos with your camera before you use it to avoid insurance arguments over any pre-existing dings.
4. Tell your neighbours your moving date
As well as providing them with advance warning that there'll be large trucks about, there can be other benefits: they might volunteer to help, or offer to let you make coffee at their place while the moving is happening.
5. Box everything you can up
Using boxes along with shipping supplies makes life much simpler and means you can carry more on each trip. You can buy packs of 10 archive boxes for about $20 at chain stores, or hit up bookstores for particularly tough boxes. When in doubt, use extra packing tape on the base of boxes to avoid unwanted splitting incidents. For really heavy items (like old-school vinyl LPs), plastic crates can be a better bet.