14 Things You Need To Do Before You Move

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With your big move on the horizon, there are a few things you’ll need to sort out before you go.

Read on to find out how to get your new home well and truly move-in ready.

You’ve closed the deal on your new home or newly built home and picked up the keys — it’s time to move! This is an exciting time, but it won’t come without a fair bit of work. Before you start tossing all your stuff in boxes in a rush to get out the door, make sure you take these first few steps to ensure a smooth transition into your new life in your new home.

1. Change the locks and get spare keys

When you pick up your new keys, there’s no doubt you’ll want to rush right over to your new home to take it all in. You definitely should! And enjoy the moment. Take it in as you imagine all the new memories you’re going to make as you transform this house into a home.

Then, it’s well worth making arrangements to change the locks on all the external doors. It’s an essential first step in providing yourself with peace of mind and in making the house truly your own. After all, you’re not sure who might still have a key. 

If you’re a bit handy, you can easily do this yourself with a trip to the hardware store. If not, call up a local locksmith and make an appointment to have it done. You should also get some spare keys cut, putting them in a secure place for when you’ll inevitably need them later on. 

2. Connect your internet

It’s important to take care of all your essential services in the lead up to your big move, and what’s more essential than internet access? Call your provider to arrange the transfer of your service to your new address so you’ll have access as soon as you step through your new front door. 

Let your provider know when you’re moving and when you want your new service to start. Keep in mind that they can take a few weeks to process your request, so don’t leave this one to the last minute. 

3. Submit a mail redirect

Another step that should be taken in the few weeks before your move — get to the post office to set up a mail redirect. Sorting this out ahead of time cuts out the chances of missing mail. 

4. Update your address

Once you’ve submitted your mail redirect, you should also update your address details with as many people and services as you can think of. This further assures that you won’t miss anything once you move out. 

Updating friends and family are a given but don’t forget to change your address with your:  

  • tax office and government services
  • car insurance and registration
  • electoral roll
  • bank
  • superannuation
  • work
  • doctors, dentist and vet
  • subscription services.

5. Connect your utilities

As the move grows closer, it’s time to swap your utilities at your current address, making sure they’re transferred to your new home. 

Similar to changing over your internet, just call your providers and give them some basic details: name, old address, new address and connection dates. It should only take a day or two to transfer, so you should tick this one off the list in the last few days before you go. 

6. Get your insurance sorted out

With a new home comes new insurance responsibilities. If you’re already a homeowner and you’re simply moving to a new address, make sure your home and contents coverage stops on the day after you move to ensure you’ll be covered during your move. 

If you’re a new homeowner moving into your first home, you’ll need to arrange homeowners insurance as soon as possible. We’re talking about the day you go into the settlement to ensure your new home and contents are covered against any damages.

There are plenty of policies available out there, so a little research will help you find a level of coverage that meets your needs and your budget. Make sure you arrange the dates just right to ensure you’re covered through your move. 

7. Plan for kids and pets

Even the most well-planned moving days tend to be a little bit hectic and stressful. This is especially true if you have young kids or pets to look after. You can ease some of this stress by having a moving day plan that takes their needs into account. 

When it comes to the kids, make arrangements for a family member or friend to look after them for the day. They will be able to spend the time doing what they like rather than running under the feet of movers carrying heavy objects. It’s also a good idea to help them pack a box of their most loved possessions that can be easily pulled out on the first night in the new house to help them settle in. 

As for the pets, routine is imperative to keep your family’s furriest members comfortable. Stick to the routine as much as possible leading up to the move. On the day of, it’s worth sending them with the kiddies to a friend or family member’s house as well just to ensure they don’t get upset or lost in all the commotion of the move. 

Once you’re in your new home, pull out all of their favourite toys and bedding in a designated pet space to help them feel more comfortable. And don’t forget to get right back into the routine as soon as possible. 

8. Clean your new house top to toe

A good, deep clean of your new home is the perfect way to get to know the space while helping you transform it into a home. It’s also a good way to note any essential repairs that need to be done. If you’re not much for doing it yourself, that’s ok too. Hire a team of professionals to do the dirty work for you. 

No matter what your cleaning approach, it’s best to take this step while the home is still empty. You can scrub all surfaces and get into the nooks and crannies to ensure it’s ready for all your stuff.

9. Maintenance and paint

With all of your surfaces sparkling, it’s time to fix up all those little things you made note of while cleaning. It’s also a perfect time to put on a fresh lick of paint — an essential step in putting your own style stamp on your new home. Like cleaning, it’s best to get this done while the space is empty and easy to work in. 

The DIY-ers among us will love the satisfaction of these tasks because they’re relatively easy and the payoff is huge. But, if you’d rather get a professional to help out, go right ahead. It’s your home after all — you can do whatever you want!

10. Install your window treatments

One last thing before you make the big move, take some time to hang your window treatments. Again, this task is more easily accomplished while the home is empty. It also means that you’ll have some privacy once you actually move in. 

11. Arrange movers

Space is prepped and ready. Now it’s time to arrange those movers. 

If you’re feeling extra organised, you can always tackle this one yourself. Make it a family and friends affair, recruiting your most loyal circle to do you a huge favour. It’s a great way to save a bit of money if you have the right resources to pull it off. Just be aware that it’s a lot of manual labour! 

Or, you can go the route the rest of us take, and hire the professionals. This will free you up to more effectively manage the move. If you do decide to hire someone, keep in mind that you’ll want to give them a bit of notice. This can help cut down on costs and ensure you’ll have someone available on your preferred dates. 

12. Pack your move-in kit

Your move-in kit should be the first box you pack. If you’re not familiar, this is a box of essential items that will get you through that first night — maybe even the first few days — when all of your stuff is still packed up. 

Think along the lines of: 

  • change of clothes
  • essential toiletries
  • medications
  • chargers
  • bedding
  • snacks
  • kettle and tea/coffee.

As mentioned above, it’s worth having the kids pack their own box of first-night essentials as well. This is everything they’ll need to get them through those first few days in their new environment.

13. Pack up

Packing all of your stuff is harder than you might think. You’ll have to go through every last thing you own! The approach you take will depend on your own style and circumstances, but it’s worth considering a few tips and tricks to make your move go a little smoother

Start a few weeks before your move-in date so you can tackle this monumental task in stages. If you plan and organise your packing, your unpacking will be even easier. And the sooner you unpack, the sooner you can enjoy everything your new home has to offer. 

14. Check the weather

One last thing before you go! The weather. 

It’s probably the last thing on your mind, but it’s worth monitoring the weather conditions leading up to your move, so you can plan accordingly. There’s nothing worse than waking up to rain on moving day, with all of your rain supplies packed up and inaccessible. 

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