Planning
Like most logistical exercises, moving house can be made easier by being highly organised and having a workable plan.

Careful planning

Soon after the excitement of finding your new home comes the reality of the move. This can be a stressful period, but you can take most of the uncertainty out of it with careful planning. Here is a countdown checklist of things that will make that move just a little bit easier.

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Six weeks away
  • Draw up a short list of at least three removalists that you need to contact to get quotes. Phone them. Organise your preferred removalist and set dates for departure and arrival. Make sure the removalist is aware of any possible delivery problems such as tight street access, busy roads, steep blocks and so on.
  • Create a Move Folder to collect and centralise information, estimates, receipts etc.
  • Arrange to have children's school records transferred to the new school.
  • Cancel memberships at local health clubs, libraries and other organisations.
  • Notify businesses and credit card companies of your new address.
  • Have a garage sale to lighten your load or donate your old clothes and books and unused items to charity and hire a skip to throw out the accumulated rubbish. There's no better time to be ruthless.
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Four w
eeks away
  • Get the packaging materials: boxes of various shapes and sizes, paper, bubblewrap, pens, tape and scissors. Some removalists provide boxes on a deposit and return basis. Buy a note book and write down the number of boxes and which rooms they are to go to when you arrive.
  • Identify all of the valuable items that need to be moved and determine the best way to get them to the destination. Small and valuable items including your computer may be best taken with you.
  • Contact your telephone / cable TV provider to organise reconnection or installation of a line.
  • Inform the utilities that you will be the new owner of the property.
  • Start packing your seldom used items because it's never too soon and it always takes longer than you think.
  • Check under the house for anything you've stored there and forgotten about.

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Two weeks away

  • If you have young children and or pets, think about getting someone to look after them during the move itself. It's a stressful period for them as well.

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One week away
  • Put together an essentials kit of things that you will need immediately upon arriving at your new home: toiletries, tools, tea and coffee supplies and cleaning materials.
  • Start to empty out the fridge. Empty petrol out of the lawn mower and any other garden equipment.

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The big day
  • Be on hand to tell the removalist what's what and where it needs to go at the destination.
  • Alert the removalist to any special needs.
  • Make one last complete check of the house to make sure that nothing has been left behind by mistake, or has been taken that should have been left.
  • Lock all doors and windows when you leave. Sort out which keys to take.
  • If you are taking your precious items by car, make sure you lock it whenever it's unattended.
  • And above all, try to stay calm.

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Other tips
  • If possible, schedule your move outside of school holidays.
  • In fact, try to move on a weekday when removalist's rates are often cheaper.
  • See if you have a (strong and high organised) friend to assist you during the move.

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