It’s no secret that moving isn’t as anticipated as Christmas or even Friday’s. For many, it’s a day where something inevitably goes wrong, despite having more than a few hands on deck. The good news is that these common pitfalls can be avoided, and you may even start to look forward to moving day and see it for what it represents: a new start. Follow these tips to take the drama and pitfalls out of your next move.

Use trusted removalists

We’ve all been tempted to DIY the move. Especially when your cousin has a trailer that you can use, right? It comes down to experience, quality and speed. Using a removalist in Sydney will streamline the entire process, keeping you on track to get the keys to your new place exactly when you wanted to. The chance of breaking your precious items, or losing them altogether, is significantly reduced when you enlist the help of experts. It also makes it a reliable business arrangement, rather than relying on favours from family or friends – and as a result at their mercy and schedule.

Start earlier than you think

One week from the move is not the time to be packing and planning the day. There are so many little tasks you can be doing in the lead up, many while you watch TV or go about your usual home behaviour. If it is Summer, start packing away all your winter clothes now – and vice versa in Winter. You can also start packing away those excess kitchen items that are not used everyday. If you have a move out date, which you should, you can start planning your commercial clean so that you get the day and time that works best for your circumstances.

Divide and conquer

The move shouldn’t fall on just your shoulders. It is too much for just one person, and you may start to do a shotty job over time so that you can just finish it. Instead, sit down with your family or housemates and decide on who is in charge of what. It might be simple to dedicate a whole room to one person, or even simply have them put in 2 hours a week in the build-up on random tedious tasks. This division of tasks will be even more critical a few days out from moving day. When you make this move a shared responsibility, the quality and stress factor will significantly change.

Make sure you’re powered

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the property you are leaving. Remembering to pack everything, making sure it’s as clean as it was when you arrived – the list (unfortunately) goes on. In all this packing and planning, spare a thought to what happens when you arrive at your new home. Make sure your water and power will be accessible for your first night. This might seem basic, but it is a pitfall that so many households fall into with all the drama of actually getting to the new place.

So there you have it, moving can be fun if the right preparation and measures are taken! Common pitfalls when moving are almost inevitable, but if you follow this guide you should be able to avoid the big expensive and inconvenient ones. With each move we gain a little more insight and experience, so roll up those experiences and put your best foot forward with the move and your new start.

If you have any great tips on moving house, I would love to hear them in the comments below.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 12th December 2018