It’s one month ‘til the big move. In between your life, work and family, you might be wondering how you’re going to get everything done. With a little organisation, you can get things packed, disconnected and reconnected and still keep sane.
Our team moves over 38,000 homes a year, and we’ve been doing this since 1911. In that time, we’ve learnt a thing or two about getting you ready for the big move. Here are six ways to manage the move when it’s just a month away.
1. Ring a removalist
One month might seem like plenty of notice to book in a move, but for peace of mind, we recommend booking it in ASAP. It always looks like you have less stuff than you really do, so give your house a once over to get an idea of what you’d like to take with you. If you’re wondering how you’re going to fit it all in, our valet service can give you a head start by setting up your kitchen, hanging your clothes and making the beds. It can be a breath of fresh air after a busy day of moving, especially if you have children and pets.
2. Navigate the nooks
Every house has its ‘third drawer down’ where random items collect. Hoarding hotspots include the garden shed, garage, roof or attic spaces, under the bed and under the house. As you generally don’t need these items on a daily basis, it’s a good place to start sorting. Ask our team for a St. Vincent’s Donation Pacs and donate all your unwanted items. The best part is, we take it for you so that’s one less job you have to do.
3. Don’t forget your furry friends
With all the packing and preparations your pet may be perturbed. Check with your local vet about ways to tame moving nerves and have a chat to us about our pet relocation service about ways we can get your four legged friends from A to B.
4. Relocate your records
Start keeping a list of all incoming mail and notify the sender of your change of address. Keep track of your medical and dental records as well as your kids’ school records, and have them transferred if you need to. If you’re renting, you will need to give your landlord at least 30 days’ notice. Don’t forget to jump online and update your driver’s license details.
5. Keep connected
Don’t be left in the dark on moving day. Make sure you call your current gas, water, electricity and internet providers and arrange to relocate your services. Allow yourself at least two weeks. Having a weeks’ overlap on each side is a good idea, to cover any last minute issues.
6. Get packing
It all starts with a plan. The best place to start is with non–essentials, working your way up to your everyday items the closer you get to moving day. To avoid a packing pandemonium, we recommend starting at least 2 weeks before moving. If you’ve got kids with you, consider using our packing service so you can focus on the fun.