What to Know About Moving House

Thinking of making a change, moving to a new city for a new beginning? The idea is marvellous, your plans are exciting and this new chapter ahead of you is just a box, pack and car trip away! This was exactly the feeling I went through. We postponed our wedding and made the spontaneous (we have spoken of moving a few times) decision to go for it!

How hard can it be, right?

The early bird catches the worm:

As soon as you have the go-ahead for your job transfer/your new job opportunity, your new abode has been visited and the necessary questions answered and contracts signed off on, get started! This means making lists, now I love lists - but I seem to have skipped this part of the process when we moved.

A few things one needs to consider before creating these lists are,

  • Are we down sizing (a 4 bedroom home to a 1 bedroom home)?

  • What are the non-negotiable items

  • What are the essentials?

Once you have jotted these thoughts down on paper you can then start with the lists. So, I have categorised a few crucial headings you may want to consider:

  • Bedroom

  • Living Room

  • Dining Room

  • Bathroom

  • Kitchen

  • Spare Room

  • Garden/Outdoor

Start packing the things you are not currently using, Seasonal items and extra dining ware will not be missed. And then get costing, moving vans are no joke and most can take up to 4 days to get your new abode (depending on their logistics team/arrangement). Look at a calendar and ensure that there are no holidays in site as most moving vans will be fully booked during this time, and you want the best prices!

Stay on top of things:

Now, we are not all extreme multitaskers and queens of organisation (multitasking isn’t real) but staying on top of your lists and regular check-ins help with making this move go smoothly.

You will see in the above list section that I recommend numbering all your boxes, but not labelling (only on the downloadable sheet). This is to ensure there is no tomfoolery going on while your belongings are in transit and most moving companies ask for the number of boxes you are moving. Bright tape for representing different rooms has also be advised on other posts (I quite like this idea, if you can find bright tape).

Other crucial before packing tasks one should perform are:

  • Check all items prior to packers/boxing (take photos and note any existing damages - use the notes section provided on the sheets)

  • Wrap all fragile items in bubble wrap (including mirrors, framed images etc)

  • Wrap other delicates in plastic (couches, bags etc)

On arrival you will be able to see at a glance from your sheets, what is missing or incurred any damage.

It’s all in the packing:

With your lists printed and ready for marking, search for all the storage boxes you have, travel bags, beach bags and even washing baskets. All of these can act as packing containers. Even drawers, if not too heavy already, can travel with your clothes in them.

Smart packing is key, especially if you will be loading and off loading the items yourself. When backing boxes make sure not too make them too heavy (i.e. a layer of heavy books with linen packed on top is safe for the average person to pick up).

Other smart ways to pack, depending on how far you move, are:

  • Get free boxes from your local grocery stores.

  • Create a packaging box (you can never have too much tape)

  • Minimise your belongings, that’s right have a good old purge!

  • Make a packing schedule so you are not spending the day before moving blubbering over a glass of wine, ‘cause how did we gather so much stuff in the past 2 years - and where did the time go

  • Pack a first night/day box - you will most certainly need all those comforts without having to dig for them

  • Pack a cleaning box for when you arrive, it’s super to have these items on hand so that you can clean each room prior to unpacking (not all landlords have your place ‘ready to move in’

  • Pack the truck according to room and weight of items (some site have a truck packing layout plan), and always take you most valuable items in your own car

You have arrived:

If you have the luxury of spending a day organising your new home before you move in, then you are one of the lucky ones. As this was a rather ‘rushed’ process for us, we had evening photos to go and a memory of what we did not take photos of…wait how many cupboards were there in the kitchen?

We also had no measurements and so did our best to imagine what could fit in the much smaller space, but still be comfortable to move around in. Phew, we got it right! Most landlords go through the house seeing to any niggles; chipped paint (give it a new coat), loose doors, marked walls, dirty floors (clean and fix). If this is your landlord then you can slide right in!

If you have a whole day, prior to moving in then here are a few things you can do to make the move even more satisfying:

  • Give all floors and walls a good clean

  • Dust and clean those windows (natural light is everything)

  • Do a quick recon of where all Kitchen items will be stored (this makes organising effortless then those boxes arrive)

  • Sharing a cupboard, make sure you have separates or plastic storage tubs to keep all garments organised and prevent them from becoming one big jumble

  • If you are a fragrance person (like myself) then make sure all windows and doors are open, airing out your new home and burn your favourite essential oil to add to the finishing touch of accomplishment and calm to your new home (I would suggest lavender oil)

Now that I have given you the low down of our move, and what we now know we would have done differently, you can point me in the direction of a ‘Home Moving Planner’. Or share your top tips for moving with me in the comments below.