A guide to a stress-free house move

With some careful planning, moving house doesn't need to be stressful. Pictures: Shutterstock.
With some careful planning, moving house doesn't need to be stressful. Pictures: Shutterstock.

Most of us consider moving home to be one of the most stressful events in our lives, yet it doesn't have to be.

With some careful planning and prioritising you can truly get excited about moving to your new home.

Make a checklist

Before you jump in and start building the first packing box, make a checklist.

Make a list of everything you need to do for your move, from booking the removalists to organising packing supplies.

Start early

Time is everything when it comes to staying on top of your move. As early as two months out, start by making your plan, get quotes from at least three removalists and get one booked in.

Giving your home a full edit prior to packing is crucial for a seamless move. Begin with a walk through of your current home, taking note of large items that may need to be sold or donated - remember that every home is different, and some items may not have a place.

When it comes to editing the smaller things, work through one category at a time. Moving to your new abode is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start so you won't want to bring things that are weighing you down.

Before you jump in and start building the first packing box make a list of everything you need to do for your move and work from there.

Before you jump in and start building the first packing box make a list of everything you need to do for your move and work from there.

After you have discarded those items not worthy of space in your new home, start packing. Set up a box in each room and pack by category first. Start with categories you can live without, like books and decor.

Up to one month before you move, change address for your utility bills and broadband with the start date being the day you move. This is also a great opportunity to check if the plan you have been on is still suited and offers the best value.

Setting up a mail redirect through Australia Post is an effective way of making sure you don't miss any important post - just make sure to update the mailing address of the redirected post as it arrives.

If you can get into your new home early schedule a visit to make sure it's move-in ready.

If you can get into your new home early schedule a visit to make sure it's move-in ready.

Prepare the new home

If you can get your hands on the keys for your new home early, schedule a visit.

Check for any work that might need immediate attention and ensure internal spaces are clean and ready for the new contents to be unpacked and organised.

Take note of the layout and storage space so you can plan out where things will go in advance.

Many hands make light work, so get as much help as you can.

Many hands make light work, so get as much help as you can.

Get help

Many hands make light work, so if you can get help for your move it's likely to be less stressful.

Reach out to friends and family if they are close by and if you have young kids, consider getting a babysitter.

There are many great services that can help with moving from removal companies to professional organisers - it all helps.

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This story How to take the stress out of moving house first appeared on The Canberra Times.