Top 10 tips to make your next move go smoothly 

By Ros Burton (Principal – The Real Estate People)

Unless you’re a masochist, pretty much everyone hates moving. 

Yes, getting to a new home is super exciting; but the hard work getting there is not so much fun. 

Being organised is the secret to a successful move, so here’s our Top 10 tips on how to prepare for a hassle-free experience: 

1. Plan and organise early: Start planning your move 6-8 weeks in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Create a moving checklist to track progress and prioritize tasks. 

2. De-clutter and sort belongings: Sort items into categories: keep, donate, sell, and discard. Host a garage sale or list unwanted items online to make some extra cash. 

3. Gather packing supplies: Collect boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and other essential supplies. And take advantage of towels, linens, and clothing as padding to protect fragile items. 

4. Pack strategically: Begin packing non-essential items first, like seasonal decorations and rarely used appliances. Label boxes with their contents and the room they belong in for easy unpacking.  

5. Create an inventory list: Document each item you pack to ensure nothing gets lost during the move. Take photos of valuable items, electronics, and furniture for insurance purposes. 

6. Notify important parties of your move: Inform your utility providers, bank, and insurance company of your new address and be sure to update your address with the postal service to ensure mail forwarding. 

7. Hire a reputable moving company: Research and compare quotes from multiple moving companies. Check customer reviews and ask for recommendations from friends and family. 

8. Prepare for moving day: Disassemble large furniture and disconnect appliances ahead of time.  Create a “moving day essentials” box with important documents, medications, and a change of clothes. 

9. Take care of pets and children during the move: Arrange for a friend or family member to watch them on moving day. Pack a separate bag of toys, food, and essentials to keep them comfortable during the transition. 

10. Settle into your new home: Unpack essentials and start setting up your new living space. Meet your new neighbours and familiarise yourself with the neighbourhood amenities. 

By staying organised (and planning ahead) your moving experience will be so much smoother and less stressful, so you can start enjoying your new home and not live for months surrounded by random boxes.