Moving home survival guide

August 9, 2015 - 2 min read

Whether it’s your first experience or one of many, there’s nothing quite as stressful as moving house. The sheer thought of picking up all of the belongings and memories you’ve made in once space, and wheeling them over to another is enough to overwhelm you already!

To ensure the smoothest transition possible, we’ve done our research and put together the ultimate survival guide for moving house! If you want to be fully prepared for this big step in your life, read on!

Do you really want to take that?

One thing becomes quite clear when we start preparing for a move—the amount of junk we’ve hoarded over the years. Moving house is a great opportunity to go through all your old belongings and figure out what you don’t need. It’ll make the travel lighter as well!

Get your new place’s measurements

There’s nothing worse than realising your fridge won’t quite fit in the kitchen crevice, or your sofa is going to take up half the living room. If you’ve got the new home’s measurements, you’ll have a much better idea of how much space you have to work with.

Label boxes with their destination, not just their contents

If you’re blessed with great friends and family that are willing to lend a hand on moving day, you’ll make their lives (and yours) a lot easier if you specify the rooms for each box.

Make some connections

Before moving into your new abode, be sure to call your telecommunication and energy suppliers to have your energy and internet connections booked in. Most providers are often booked weeks in advance, so getting these essentials booked and sorted a few weeks before you move will take a huge weight off your shoulders.

Keep the kids and pets busy

Another thing you won’t want to deal with on the day of the move is keeping an eye on your baby (furry or human). If you haven’t enlisted all of your friends and family to help with the move, ask someone to look after your children and pets for the day, so you can have peace of mind.

Organise a professional clean before the move

Most homes are given a professional clean before the previous tenants or owners move out, however it could be a while since they left. If the house has been empty for an extended period of time, a fresh and thorough clean is called for! You’ll thank yourself when you’re greeted to freshly steamed carpets and washed walls, saving you the trouble!

Pack a first night box

This will be the last thing on your mind during the move, so do yourself a favour and fill a box with essentials for the first night in your new abode. This can include toiletries, a change of clothes and tea or coffee for that delicious hot drink at the end of a big day.