Congratulations! Your new house is complete and the move in date is set! Anyone who has built their own house knows this is an exciting time but also knows that juggling all of the packing, piles of boxes, and cleaning while keeping kids entertained is a struggle even at the best of times.
By implementing the right strategies, moving into your new home can be a lot easier than you might think. Take a look at our 10 handy moving tips below and you and your family can settle into your newly built house stress-free!
1. Stock Up On Packing Materials
Getting your hands on some good boxes is always top of the list, however, don’t underestimate the value of good quality packing tape, bubble wrap and marker pens. You will need a good stock of these items – running out three quarters of the way through only adds to the stress of the situation.
Look out for a tape gun or packing tape dispenser for ease of use and to speed up the packing process. Good packing tape is a must (the cheaper stuff tends to tear easily or not stick down properly). And always reinforce your boxes with extra tape around the bottom.
2. Organise Some Help
Now is the time to ask around your friends and family to secure some hands-on help for moving day. Getting in early will mean there is less likelihood of a clash of commitments. Give them the date, time and maybe mention you’ll be shouting everyone lunch on the day to thank them for their help.
Having everything all packed up and ready to go (if you can) is great and will make the day go smoother. Don’t expect your friends and family to stick around all day and in fact, if you have plenty of help on offer it may pay to separate the two groups into morning and afternoon shifts – this will mean less of a time commitment for all, and give people time left in the day for other commitments.
3. Have A Good Clean-Out
Getting rid of as much of your old stuff that you don’t need or want any more as you can is a great way to take the pressure off on moving day. Arranging a garage sale, or creating listings on Trademe well before moving day is the best plan – you don’t want people showing up on moving day for pick-ups this will only add to the stress.
Giving unwanted items to a local charity organisation is also a great way to recycle items without letting them go to waste. Getting rid of all your unwanted items before the move makes moving day both easier and cheaper, and you might even make some extra cash as an added bonus!
4. Get The Packing Done Early
Don’t leave all of your packing until the day before your move. Packing always takes longer than you think and making sure it’s all done bar the essentials before moving day is one of the best things to do to make moving easier. Setting yourself some packing deadlines or goals and sticking to them is a great way to go about creating a packing schedule to ensure it’s all done on time.
Packing up all of your own belongings may seem daunting, and although a time consuming task, it will save you money while also allowing you to take special care of your more precious belongings as well as labelling boxes using a system that you can relate to.
5. Label Everything!
Speaking of labelling – labelling every box is a must! Do not skip this step. Trust me, you will never remember what is in each box once it has been moved around and plonked in a pile of other boxes. If there are things you think you might be looking for early on after moving it is a good idea to write the name of them on the box also. For example; jug, extension cord, grater and so on.
Labelling boxes with the location or room you wish them to be placed in is also a great idea for family and friends who are helping out. This will mean fewer questions and interruptions to your day as they can just put the box wherever it says it goes without having to ask. Creating an ‘Open box’ to travel with you in your vehicle is also a great idea for all of those things you might need straight away like cleaning supplies, soap, toilet paper etc.
6. Make Sure You Have The Right Equipment
Getting the right gear to assist you when moving is going to make a big difference to moving day, going someway to helping prevent over tiredness and exhaustion. Hand trucks or trolleys are a good start, with these you are able to move heavy items more easily, or even multiple boxes at once.
If you are renting a moving truck always get one with a tail lift, these make getting heavier items like couches, fridges and washing machines onto the truck a breeze and requires less people to help lift. Book your truck well in advance to ensure availability. Moving blankets are also important, these can be old blankets or sheets you have lying around or you can source professional ones from stores like Bunnings and Mitre 10.
7. Do Your Paperwork Ahead Of Time
In all of the hustle and bustle of preparing to move it is easy to forget to notify the appropriate service and utility companies or complete the necessary change of addresses. Making a checklist of all the places you have to contact is a great idea. Consider newspaper and other postal deliveries, your doctor and dentist (if you are moving out of the area), phone, water, power and insurance companies.
It is a good idea to find out early on if there are any cancellation fees as these may be avoided when giving plenty of notice. And at the other end, you need to then re-connect all of these same services, such as register with a new doctor, set up power, gas, insurance and phone accounts etc. as well as completing any change of address requirements.
8. Get The Kids Involved
Moving to a new home can be scary for children, but there are things you can do to help them get used to the idea and getting them involved in the move is one of them! Ask them to help with putting together plans for the move, pack their own things or work out how they want their new room set up.
Older children would be great at helping stack and label boxes, entertaining the younger ones or just taping up boxes ready to fill. Your kids can tell whether you’re excited about the experience of moving house. Make sure you emphasise the positives of the move and be honest about any things that you are feeling uneasy about. By being honest they’ll better trust the enthusiasm you have.
9. Prep Your Pets
A move can be just as stressful for pets as it is for children. To make sure that your pet feels comfortable, it is important to get them used to a new home and area. For dogs, both smells and territories are what matters most. Getting them out and about in the neighbourhood provides the opportunity for them to not only identify and make boundaries but also to make friendships.
Always ensure your new home has an escape free zone for your pets to go into while you are coming and going on moving day. If they escape they may try to search for their old home or get lost in unfamiliar surroundings. Safety and security for your pet is very important as they become familiar with the area.
10. Hire Some Help
While packing and moving house yourself is a great way to reduce the costs of moving if it is all too much, or the move is across country or between islands, it might be a good idea to hire a moving company to do the bulk of the work for you.
Most movers will offer various packages and a breakdown of costs specific to your job. Look out for special deals, pack-your-own discounts and any other perks for saving money along the way. Sometimes a container option is a good way to go, where an empty shipping container is delivered to your property at an earlier date giving you the time to pack and stack it yourself over the period of a week or so.
Moving into a newly built home is the culmination of months of careful planning and preparation – we hope our list of moving tips will make sure your moving day goes smoothly and enjoy your new home! Take a look at our blog for more helpful advice on the building industry in Christchurch.