So, you've decided to build a new house. Congratulations! Now the build is finally nearing completion, and the countdown is on until you can move in.
Moving house is a crazy mixture of enthusiastic activity and stress. While there's so many possibilities, all that excitement often comes at the culmination of a long period of hard work and penny-pinching.
But, if you're anything like me, you're constantly being nagged by that annoying voice in the back of your head. You know, the one that makes you feel like you've forgotten something?
Don't worry! Let me take care of it for you - with my super handy checklist for making sure you account for all the big stuff.
Consider a building inspector
People want their new homes to be perfect. Although I’m sure your new home builder did a brilliant job, sometimes things do get overlooked.
Consider hiring a building inspector to hunt these any potential problems down for you. Unless you have a background in construction, it can be handy to get a second opinion to make sure everything is up to scratch before sign off.
Don’t forget to switch your utilities (electricity, water, gas, internet, Pay TV, etc.) over to your new home. You want to be able to turn on a light and have a warm shower, right?
Swap Mail Over
I know it’s a rarity to get actual, physical mail anymore, but in the six months before moving, take note of what mail you do receive. This will help you figure out exactly what needs to be changed over when it comes time to move.
Obvious, I know, but this isn't something you want to forget.
Book the Removalist or Enlist Friends
Getting your stuff into your new space can be tricky, but finding some assistance will make it so much easier.
Set up a Tracking System
If you've booked multiple trucks or cars, it can be tricky to figure out exactly where your items are.
Create a list so that you can track everything. Just jot down which vehicle things go in and what room it went to when it got to its destination. That way you won't spend hours wondering where your mate Jack put the cutlery.
Pre-design Your Space
Having a rough idea of where everything should go is a smart idea. Draw up a floorplan and figure where you want the harder-to-move pieces, so you aren't moving stuff around all day.
Also, make sure you're moving stuff in from the ground floor up. If you have rugs, make sure they're easy to access, so you don't have to move furniture backwards and forwards.
Pack the stuff you’ll need first LAST
Pack those weird, but necessary items you use daily but never really think about at the very end. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper and water bottles should be easy to access. Also, a few cleaning supplies will ensure you aren’t making a too huge of a mess while unpacking.
Bonus tip: I don't know about you, but the thought of unpacking in silence all day makes me dread it already. Take a speaker (Bluetooth or otherwise) in your car with you so you can make the day that much easier.