11 Tips to Making Moving Stress-Free

Moving to a new home is exciting – you get a fresh start, new opportunities and the chance to make your new place your own.

However, moving can be really stressful, even if you have done it before. But for those who have never moved, or for whom it has been a long time, having to pack up everything and do all those other essentials before moving day can seem like a nightmare.

However, the following tips put together by Vic Palmer Removals & Storage will help make moving a more organised and less stressful affair.

1.   Pick and Book Removalist Early on

You you get as your removalist can either make moving day a breeze or nightmare. Do your research!

Depending on when you’re planning to move, you may find that it’s hard to book in a date. After all, most people try to move at the weekends, over school holidays or on bank holidays, in order to give themselves extra time. Don’t get caught out – plan in advance.

2.   Declutter in Advance

Clearing your home of any old, unwanted or unnecessary items before your move can save you time and stress, but it can also save you money! By donating, recycling or throwing away things you don’t need, you’re cutting down on the amount of stuff you need to move.

Remember the less stuff you have, the smaller the van and the fewer hours you need your removalists for.

3.   Make a List

It can feel like there’s too much to remember on the run up to your move – after all, real life carries on alongside your moving plans.

To avoid stress, make a list of everything you have to do, and consider your timeline. You may have only just had your offer accepted and be months away from completion. But that doesn’t mean you should wait until the week before your move to start preparing.

4.   Make a Packing Plan – and Start Packing Early

Packing always takes longer than you think, which is why it’s better to start as soon as possible. When you’ve cleared away everything you no longer need, the best thing to start with is the rooms you use the least.

Packing up those rooms and using them to store boxes of stuff will disrupt your life the least, and allow you to get as much done as possible. Label your boxes by room or by cupboard rather than writing the contents on the box. Unpacking by room also makes the task more manageable.

  1. Deal with Important Documents and Mail

Store all important documents, such as passports, house deeds, wills and insurance papers in one box or file to ensure easy access. This should then be placed somewhere where you will not lose it.

When it comes to making sure you still get your post, you might want to set up mail redirection with Australia Post, so they will forward post from your previous address to your new one. Which gives you a little more time update your address with all your providers/memberships, so you don’t mess any important mail.

Remember to put yourself on the electoral register at your new property, and update any relevant ID, like your driving licence.

6.   Organise Utilities

It’s so easy to forget to take final meter readings, but it will make everything so much easier. You could even take photos on your phone so you don’t lose any notes you make. You can register with new broadband providers in advance, and don’t forget gas, electric and water.

If you’re not staying with the same provider in your new home, it’s worth calling to say the house has been sold and that account is finished, just in case your seller wasn’t as organised as you!

Organising this in advance means you can account for any final bills you’ll need to pay.

7.   Take Time to Clean

If you can manage to arrange some overlap in when you get the keys to your new home and leaving your old one, it can make the world of difference to your stress levels. Getting into your new home a little earlier means you can fully assess it, and give it a good clean before you move your furniture in.

If you do have access a few days before your move, you could arrange for any deliveries to be made in advance. If you’re ordering new white goods, or need to measure for blinds, carpeting or anything else, take advantage of the empty space and get them booked in.

8.   Pack a Moving Day Survival Kit

Before your moving day make sure you have packed a moving day survival kit of essentials. This will contain necessary items that will get you and your family through the day unscathed, such as phone chargers, bottles of water, snacks and provisions for hot drinks.

It is important to have easy access to the supplies that will keep you well-fed and hydrated on this busy day. In addition, pack an overnight bag with essentials that is handy, so you have everything readily available so you can fall straight into bed at the end of moving day. If you own a laptop or tablet, keep that with you as well for safety.

9. Do These Things When Packing…

  • Pack breakables in out of season clothing and linen to save on bubble-wrap. Clean socks are great to pack glassware in.
  • Label your boxes by room or by cupboard.
  • Odd-shaped belongings and non-breakables are great too pack into containers like laundry hampers, bins and so on, in order to save boxes.
  • Pack plates vertically to help prevent breakage but pad the bottom of the box with a sheet first and make sure that there is padding between the plates.
  • Pack up clothes in suitcases, garment bags, or in wardrobe If you decide to pack your closet on hangers into wardrobe boxes, group them together in about tens, tying them together just below the rail and then tie them to the rail with the same string.
  • Day before moving, seal your dressers with ‘Press ‘N Seal’ (or something like it) so that drawers will not slide open when in transit. This way you can leave the contents in them and save boxes.

10. Be Smart When Dissembling Belongings

Place the fittings from those things that have to be taken apart in a clip lock bag and stick it to the item it belongs to so it doesn’t get lost. Write what it is on the bag in case it comes off.

Snap a picture of your electronics with your cell phone or digital camera before you pull them apart so you can work out how they go back together more easily.

11. Take Your Time Unpacking

Moving day is a big deal – we know you’ll want to get everything done as soon as possible, but it can be exhausting. Have realistic expectations of how much you want to get done – it’s unlikely you’re going to unpack your entire house by the first night!

As long as you have your bed built and set up by the end of moving day, the rest can wait!

It takes time to fully unpack and get your new home looking the way you want it, so don’t feel everything has to come together immediately. Take time to relax and unwind – enjoy a night in with a takeaway or go out with friends. Your life should not have to revolve around unpacking!

Get in Touch with the Experts

Moving can be stressful especially when you don’t have another hand to help in packing up for the move.

Vic Palmer Removals & Storage are experts in Residential and Commercial packing, removals, and storage solutions. We service the Gold Coast, Brisbane Suburbs and across the entire South Eastern Queensland.

Vic Palmer Removals & Storage has old fashioned values and work ethics. One of the most experienced, respected and most recommended removalists in Australia. You will not find anyone more qualified to take care of your home or office move or storage.

You can get in touch with Vic Palmer Removals & Storage by calling 1300 138 851 or by emailing .