What to do Before you Move House

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Dindin and Shane playing inside their tent. I wish moving house would be as easy as setting up this tent. :-p

The prospect of moving house is never dull. In fact, it’s a rather exciting prospect. The reality of it, however, is a potential worst nightmare to those who pursue it artlessly. Here is a basic guide to successfully moving house.

Storing and Disposing

First thing’s first, gather everything you don’t need or want and use it as the substance for a garage sale. Before you dispose of anything that wasn’t sold, you might try giving it away to family and friends. Obviously there are some things that are unsellable; month-old left overs, for instance. Make sure you have checked your fridge and either disposed of or eaten anything that you wouldn’t care to pack. Next, gather everything you are bringing with you to your new location and box them accordingly. It’s important that you have a system to the way you pack things – labelling is an obvious one (not assorting things randomly).

Establish what you won’t be able to bring with you in one move. Find somewhere to securely store such items in the meantime, a place that specialises in self-storage and will be able to assist you during the packing process, for example, Fort Knox. Storing furniture in units will prove helpful when trying to figure out room measurements in the meantime (make sure you know what fits where). Also, you won’t regret ordering a moving truck, or at least a Ute with a secure cargo.

Setting up and saying goodbye to this tent with a tunnel is pretty easy for the two kids.

Bidding Farewell

While the temptation to whimsically relocate without telling anyone can be strong, it is important to inform your friends, family and co-workers in advance of your move. Provide them with your updated address and phone number so that they know where to reach you, unless there are some people you’d rather not keep in contact with, whereas this is the perfect opportunity to cut them off! This also might be a good time to redirect any subscriptions to your new address – you don’t want the new owners to start believing the grand scale of their popularity, only to discover that the majority of their mail is addressed to you.

It is important that the new owners are completely convinced that the house is theirs, meaning it should be spotless of anything that says “previously owned.” Clean each room as much as you can with furniture still in place, and establish what will be going and what will remain. Virtually anything that wasn’t there when you first arrived must be gone by the time the new owners arrive. Removal of wallpaper? Only if you feel that no one else will appreciate it as much as you do (if it’s awful, in other words). Lastly, you must remember to disconnect your phone, gas and electricity, and take care of any outstanding bills before you leave.

If you’re looking for a fresh slate, these are common necessities to bear in mind and hopefully put into practice at some point during your move. As implied at the start, there is an art to moving house, one that, like many great artworks, must be planned thoroughly and with the best interests of both you and the new owners in mind.


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