So you’ve finally found the perfect family home in Australia and it’s time to pack up all of your belongings and prepare for your move. Whether you’re planning for a move to Australia or just moving from one state to another, the moving process can be stressful. You can reduce stress and streamline the moving process by following some simple tips and ideas.
Create a List
Start by creating a list of everything you need to do. It’s best to create this list in chronological order so that you can check it off as you go. Some ideas for a moving list include:
- Getting moving boxes and supplies such as packing peanuts and tape
- Calling a moving rental company to rent a moving truck
- Having a sale of unwanted items before packing
- Calling ahead and making sure all of your utilities such as water and
electricity are turned on before you get to the new house
- Transferring mail and newspaper services
- Sending out change of address cards to friends and family
- Closing out any local accounts that you’ll no longer use
Every person will have a few different moving requirements, so this is just a general list of ideas.
Whether you’re moving everything yourself or hiring movers to do it for you, make sure you label every box. This way when you get to your new home, all of the boxes can go in the appropriate rooms. This saves a lot of time as you aren’t searching around trying to find things that go in the kitchen or bedrooms and having to open and unpack all of the boxes to find just one thing.
Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for a little help. While most people won’t want to help you pack up everything you own, most don’t mind helping you load a truck or host a garage sale before you leave. You can even turn it into a mini goodbye party, especially if you’re moving far away. Your real estate agent can also help you at your new location by making sure that your utilities are turned on and that everything is ready to go when you get there.
Remember the Important Stuff
Everyone has paperwork that they don’t want to misplace. When moving from your home, papers and files are one of the easiest things to lose or misplace. To avoid losing important papers, create a file and keep it with you rather than packing it away. If possible, fold up all of your important papers and keep them in your purse or briefcase in the backseat of your car. By streamlining the moving process, you can insure that everything gets there safely.