Planning to spend the festive season in a new home? Here are tips to make moving day easier

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  • Moving to a new home is exciting, but it can be stressful, too.
  • A move requires so much planning that it can feel overwhelming but, by being organised you can turn it into a smooth, even enjoyable, process.
  • Planning is key - this is one of those times that it pays to be super organised.
  • Moving days are always longer than expected. Start preparing early and take precautions to keep you and your moving group safe.

Follow these tips to keep the stress at bay on moving day.

Make a list

A checklist helps you to keep track of everything, making it less likely you’ll forget something. It also allows you to tick off tasks as you complete them, giving you a sense of accomplishment and motivating you to keep going if you start getting tired of packing. 

Plan the move as far ahead as possible and sort out any admin you can in the run-up to the actual day, such as changing your Wi-Fi details and informing your insurance of your new address. Check to see if they’ll ensure your possessions while you move.

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Packing hacks

Start packing well ahead of time, labelling each box on top by writing the name of the room it’s intended for, along with bullet points of what’s inside. Safely store fiddly fixtures and fittings like screws and brackets in sealable plastic sandwich bags and stick appliance and gadget wires down with tape to prevent them from dangling about while being moved.

Use bin bags to make transporting clothes easier - slip hangers with clothes on into a large bin bag and tie a few hangers together with a rubber band for easier carrying. Pack precious items like jewellery, important documents, and laptops into a separate bag that you take in your car.

Finish packing the day before

It sounds obvious, but don’t compromise on this one. “You’ll thank yourself when the movers arrive and you don’t have to rush around getting last-minute things sorted,” says Carl Coetzee, CEO of BetterBond. “And don’t underestimate the small items. You may think they’ll be easy to pop into a box just before the movers arrive, but these small tasks could end up wasting valuable time.”  

Packing is a tiring task, so hire hands for the rest. SweepSouth offers help with heavy lifting and cleaning on moving day. Empty houses are always dirtier than you'd expect, so book their cleaning service for the old and the new - meaning your old space will be left spotless once the last box has been taken, and you’ll be moving into a sparkling clean home. 

“Spend a few minutes in your new home ahead of time to see if anything needs to be fixed and if you require new fittings for things like washing machine outlets,” advises Alen Ribic, co-founder of SweepSouth. SweepSouth’s Connect app also has a list of professional experts, like plumbers, electricians and handymen, to help with any home-fixing jobs, or to give the space a fresh lick of paint.

Rent what you still need

One great way to make sure your new home is ready for move-in day is to rent anything you still need before moving. A useful tip: Teljoy allows you to rent-to-own everything from furniture, electronics, appliances, and gym equipment. The best part about this is that you have the option to take ownership of the equipment after the predetermined rental period.

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Assemble a moving-day survival kit

Pack a box of essential items to see you through the day and your first night and keep it in your car for easy access. Consider these items: a phone charger, screwdriver, sharp knife for opening boxes, glasses and mugs, a kettle, provisions to make hot drinks, cleaning cloths, bin bags, washing up liquid, toilet rolls, and a small medical kit. 

It’s also a good idea to have an overnight bag with toiletries, a hand towel, pyjamas, a clean change of clothing, and sheets to hang over bedroom windows in case the curtains aren’t up yet.

Be safety conscious

Take every precaution you can to keep you and your moving team safe, recommends Alen. “Don’t overpack boxes, dispose of any dangerous liquids, and make sure that appliances like lawnmowers are cleaned and emptied of fuel.” On the day of the move, prevent accidents while boxes are being moved by keeping a clear pathway so that you can walk through without tripping over objects while carrying something heavy in your arms.

Pace yourself

Moving days are tiring, so make sure you get a good night’s rest before, advises Carl. “Start the morning off with a good breakfast, and stop for lunch, so that you keep your energy levels up. Keep a few bottles of water handy for yourself and the movers - a hydrated moving team is a happy and efficient team.” 

Create a playlist ahead of time. Music is a mood booster and listening to music you love triggers feel-good chemicals that make you happy and less anxious. If you don't have time to collate a playlist, type terms like ‘Happy Hits’, ‘Mood Booster’, or ‘Good Vibes’ into Spotify and slot into a bouncy, energetic playlist. Move over, moving-day blues!

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Do a final walk-through

 Walkthrough the house one last time before you go, doing a close inspection of each room. “It’s also worth taking some photographs so that you have a record of the state of the property,” says Carl. “Make a note of final meter readings (for electricity or water) to make sure that you are billed correctly for your last payment and as proof in case there is a dispute with the new owner or tenant.”

Moving days always take longer than anticipated, and you’ll no doubt be exhausted by the end of it. “Have realistic expectations of how much you can achieve in one day,” says Alen. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to unpack everything by the first night, so take a well-deserved break and recharge. And, finally, order some lovely takeaways to celebrate the first night in your new home - your tired body will thank you!

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