039: Moving house

Season #4 Episode #39

This episode will give you the tops hacks to make your next move as harmonious as possible

Moving house is on the list of life change events that stress people out. This year, due to covid-19 more of you may be moving or thinking about moving due to a change in income or for a tree/sea change as remote working becomes a more viable option for many.

How to prepare for moving house 

Mia and Dinah talk about the four key phases of moving house:

  • Planning (many weeks before)
  • Preparing (few weeks before)
  • Moving (the week of moving)
  • Settling in.

The key to a successful move is all about checklists and systematically working through them.

The key considerations in the planning phase are:

  • selecting a date (consider mid-week which is cheaper and can be much easier if your children are in childcare or school)
  • considering the opportunity to declutter before you move
  • selecting a mover including any specialist movers for things like a piano
  • organising the utility, internet and phone connection and disconnection
  • contacting your insurance providers to ensure you are covered
  • preparing for mail redirection - don’t forget things like subscriptions, car registration, pet registration, electoral roll 
  • start making sure you try and use up as much food as possible before the move
  • backing up your computer.
  • applying for a parking permit
  • organising a cleaner
  • sourcing boxes (try local Facebook groups or consider renting boxes) and a tape dispenser

Moving house tips and hacks

Some hacks in the preparing/packing phase are:

  • take some photos of your home as a memento
  • packing by room at the destination
  • while your clothes are still hanging in the closet, put them inside a rubbish bag to make unpacking simpler.
  • in lieu of bubble wrap, protect your dishes and fragile items with clothing and linens
  • as you disassemble furniture, keep all screws and hardware in a plastic bag - label the bag and tape it to the furniture itself, or designate a separate box with hardware for all your furniture.
  • take a picture of the back of your TV and other electronic devices - that way, you know exactly which wires go where when you're setting up in the new place!
  • let the kids pack a few of their own moving boxes
  • pack an “essentials box” or boxes which contains things you will need for the first day/night (including a knife to open boxes, essential crockery, linen, phone charger, clothing and toiletries for the next day, cleaning products, tools, tv remotes etc.)
  • ensure you keep track of valuable items and important papers.

On moving day:

  • meditate - go with the flow, be kind - it can be easy to get impatient and frazzled
  • ensure you have cleaning supplies to hand (particularly a dustpan and brush)
  • put labels on rooms at the destination so movers/friends know where to put boxes
  • focus on setting up the beds first and bedrooms for children


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