How to move house like a pro

10 top tips to prepare for yourself and your family for a big move
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The process of moving house tops the list as one of the most stressful events to take place in anyone’s life.

Regardless of how big your home is and how many people are in your family, the list of things to do can seem never ending and as moving day looms ever closer, the task can begin to overwhelm you.  

Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional, with careful planning and adopting some tricks of the trade, moving day can be a more streamlined process.

We spoke to James Burgess, Packing Expert with GRACE Removals for some insider tips to help minimise stress and disruption during relocation.  

1. Make a list and check it twice

Make a list of things to do on moving day and gather supplies such as boxes, bubble wrap, sticky tape and a permanent marker a few weeks in advance. Make a list and running sheet of all the tasks to complete on the day.

2. Declutter and donate

In the lead up to your big move, declutter your home to get rid of unwanted items rather than move them with you. On moving day create a STAY and GO list, and purge any remaining items that aren’t wanted. 

3. Involve the Children

If you have children, spend time explaining the changes and get them excited about the move. Take time to capture the memories with photos or videos and an opportunity to talk about the next home and all the exciting sites to see.

4. Storage Solutions

Consider self-storage options so you don’t have to rush the move and will help you to progressively move in.

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5. Don’t forget your furry friends

The four-legged members of the family also need more attention when it comes to relocating. Before you move, speak to your veterinarian about what’s best for your pet when it comes to both moving and settling in to their new home. If possible, have a friend or family member look after your pet on moving day.

6. Label everything

Label everything with which room it has to go into and write key items in each box on the outside.

7. Overnight bag

Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family with the essentials which means that you don’t have to unpack and sort through moving boxes on the day. Your first night survival pack should include the toilet paper, pyjamas, toiletries and phone chargers.

8. Let food stocks run down

Do your last grocery shop 2 weeks before you leave and let items run down so you have as little fresh food to move as possible.

9. Spring Clean

Allow enough time to clean ahead of arrival to your new home or book a cleaner. A removalist company should be able to remove any packaging materials following the delivery of your household goods. 

10. Consider sharing the load

Did you know it takes an average of two to five days to pack up the average four-bedroom family home? Consider using a professional removalist to pack and transport your household goods to lighten your own load. 

Accept offers of help – friends and neighbours who offer to help look after kids/pets/mail or cook a meal during your transition will be welcome assistance.

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