How To Prepare For a Move

Moving to a new address shouldn’t be a painful or stressful experience for those involved. The transition to another home might already be a strain on some members of your family. To make it easier, below is a small guide to help you make the move a positive experience for everyone.

A month away

Approximately a month before the move, you need to organise things like the removal service. The services connected to your house should also be organised for disconnection and transfer on the day you move. It is recommended to do this at least two to three weeks in advance. This is to ensure everything is up and running in your new house on your first day.

You should also take this time to pack the furniture and personal belongings which are not used often. Consider selling anything unnecessary before the move to free up space in the removalist’s vehicle. The money you obtain here can be used to buy new furnishings or décor.

Finally, make sure to notify the following of your new address before your move:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Bank
  • Doctor
  • Post office

A week away

About a week before the move, prepare an overnight kit for your first day in your new house. This kit should contain the following:

  • Basic tools (screwdrivers and wrench)
  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medicines

Be sure to also have a separate box containing kitchen supplies, such as:

  • Mugs or disposable cups
  • Utensils
  • Plates
  • Kettle
  • Instant beverages (coffee, tea and juice)
  • Microwave
  • Dish soap and sponge

Each member of your family should also have their own personal overnight bags which contain a change of clothes and entertainment items. It is a good idea to have some sleeping bags ready. This means everyone can sleep comfortably at night even if the beds are not yet installed at the new address.

Have your fridge and/or freezer defrosted at least two days before the move. Make sure the removable parts are taken out and the door is properly secured. This will make it lighter and safer while it is being transferred.

Day of the move

Point out any fragile items to your removalists before they transfer them to the vehicle. Walk around the house to ensure no one has forgotten anything. Finally, check with your neighbours and/or landlord if they have the address to your new home before moving out.

By following the guide above, you should be able to reduce the stress of moving and make the transition easier. All Purpose Removals can also make your move an easier experience. Visit their website or call them on 1300 13 95 95 to organise your move.