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Moving house can be both an exciting and daunting experience. Getting the keys to your new place represents a big change in your life and opens up a world of new possibilities. However, moving house is no walk in the park. You don’t realise just how much stuff you have until it’s time to shove it into boxes and drag it into trucks, just to unload it again in a few hours.

There’s no doubt about it: moving can be brutal. But, fear not! It doesn’t have to be all bad. If you’re organised, you can get ahead of the game and make moving a less painful process. In addition to providing easy relocation services to move your internet over to the new house, we have put together some tips for making moving day a little less stressful.

Get ahead of the packing game

The best way to move home is to start four-to-six weeks before your moving day. Taking care of things piece by piece before the big day will greatly lessen the stress you feel the week of the move. It’s never too early to start tracking down boxes and you can avoid spending money on them by asking friends and family if they have any left over from recent moves. You can also ask for boxes at grocery stores, which often have stacks of boxes available from food shipments.

Things you don’t use every day, such as books and photo albums, can be packed well in advance. This is not only practical, but will help your peace of mind. Empty shelves and tables free of clutter will give you a sense of accomplishment. As you do this, you‘ll also realise how many unwanted items you’ve been hording. Donate or bin unnecessary clothes and other items to save yourself the hassle of moving them.

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Don’t let paperwork pile up

This applies to actual paperwork as well as virtual paperwork. You’ll want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row three to four weeks prior to moving. Some of the busywork can be done later, such as updating your details on your favourite online stores, which you can just update the next time you make a purchase.

Official outlets, such as the ATO, Medicare and your bank, all need to be made aware of your move as soon as possible. Other important things to take care of are your mail and your utilities. Getting your electricity, water and gas services switched over to your new residence can be a pain, as you’ll sometimes have to present different proof of identity items. Confronting these hurdles weeks in advance gives you time to get over them before time runs out.

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Help us help you

One thing that’s easy to take care of is your phone and internet connection. For iiNet’s existing customers, a simple call to us at 13 22 58 will get the ball rolling. The sooner you can get in contact the better, and we recommend giving us a call 2 weeks prior to moving so we can get you connected as soon as possible after you’re in your new home.

To ensure your transition is as smooth as possible, please have information such as your new address, your customer details (including username and password) and the last connected phone number at your new address readily available. With this, and other simple information, our staff of experts will be able to walk you through the necessary steps to keeping your awesome plan on track.

So what if you’re not yet a customer, but want to take advantage of one of iiNet’s great value broadband plans to coincide with your move? Too easy. We have a dedicated team that specialises in helping new customers move into their new digs. Prospective customers can call 13 19 17 at any time to get hold of a representative who can help you pick the best plan for your specific new place and living situation.

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Still have a few questions about relocating with iiNet? Check out the comprehensive iiNet relocations FAQ page for more information.

The finishing touches

Just before you move, you’ll want to tie up any loose ends associated with your current residence. Pay any outstanding bills and make sure you’ve budgeted time to do a final run-through of your place after packing everything into the moving trucks. This includes making sure all utilities and switches are turned off and doors and windows are locked as you head out the door.

Finally, be sure you have arranged a way to hand over the keys to your soon-to-be old home and get ready for bigger and better things at your new abode!

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Got any tips for soon to be movers? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo credit:

Nicolas Huk

5 comments

  1. Kaye Phillips says:

    1. When Moving 1st thing to move are the beds and bedding, at the new house Set them up and make them, that way at the the end of the day when you are shattered you can just fall into bed without having to make it first, which could be 3 or more if you have kids.

    2. If you are moving in several trips between houses Don’t pack the items out of the Kitchen Drawers, instead take the whole drawer from the old house complete with its contents, transfer the contents to the drawers in the new house then take the old drawers back to the old house –

    Hint Place a small piece of masking tape on each drawer and number it 1 to how ever many drawers are in the bank of drawers ~ I have found on occasion that the drawer that came from e.g. the 3rd position down has to go back to that position.

    3. I know this should be a given but having moved with help from friends believe me it isn’t – Have a layout plan for the new house, and make sure that any items from the old room go into the corresponding room in the new room, it is so frustrating spending the next week after a move cleaning the old house and moving furniture between rooms in the new house.

    4. Start cleaning the old house before the big day, things like the inside of cupboards etc.

  2. kirsty holbrook says:

    tips for movers = Name the boxes i.e. Bathroom. kitchen .. and print A4 on the side of the box i.e.. towels, bathmats,sheets.. or photos, picture frames books.
    this its easy to sort.. And number the boxes of importance I.E. 1.Kitchen 2.Bathroom. 7. odds and ends

  3. Kaye Phillips says:

    When moving move the beds in the first load, at the new house setup and make the beds, that way you don’t have to do all that at the end of a hard days moving when you are shattered and all you want to do is to fall into a bed.

    In the new house place items in the rooms they will be housed in as you move, nothing is more exhausting than trying to sort out furniture in a new house whilst cleaning the old house at the same time.

    Instead of packing the contents of the kitchen drawers, take all the drawers complete with their contents to the new house and transfer the contents from 1 set of drawers to the other. Hint place a piece of masking tape on each drawer and number them as you take them out of the old bank, in some cases the drawers need to go back in the same slot they came out of.

  4. Brad says:

    When you move into your new place make sure you get all your door locks changed especially if moving into an ex rental!

  5. Pack early. The time it will take you to pack all your items depends mainly on their number. So, for a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. Of course, this is not an exact number, but you get the idea.

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