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