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5 Things To Do Before You Move House

Sort out removalists

Decide early if you plan to pack and move yourself or select a company to assist. If you decide to hire a full service moving company, all your moving boxes, tape and packing accessories will be bought by the company. If a full service is too much for you then hiring a company to help with the actual moving of items will save yourself pain, time and energy come moving day. Ensure, before you decide on a moving company, to compare quotes and reviews to ensure you have the best company to meet your needs.

If you decide to pack and move yourself with no professional help, consider getting help from family and friends. Remember to have all the packing supplies you need, start packing early and clearly label the boxes and where they will go in the new house, this will ensure a smoother and quicker moving day.

Create a first night box

Create a box with everything you need for your first night in the new house. This will include items like change of clothes, toiletries, toilet paper, bed linen and any other essential items you may need such as tea and coffee. Ensure this box is clearly labelled and placed away from other boxes. When you move into your new house it will likely by chaotic and after a long day all you’ll want to do is head to bed. This box will contain everything you need to settle in for your first night.

Connect utilities at the new house

Internet, energy and water will need to be connected for when you move into your new house. Book your Internet connection in advance as companies can book up quickly. Energy and water can be done up to 4 days before moving. Simply phone up your energy company and arrange to have your electricity and gas connected for the day you move in. If you’re renting some agents will connect the water for you but it may be best to at least ring your local water company and confirm your details and move in date. Ensuring the utilities are connected when you move is important to ensure the previous tenant isn’t paying for your usage and vice versa.  Ensure all utilities are cancelled for your previous address and you pay your final bills.

Let your friends, family and any businesses know about your new address

Ensure your family and friends know where you’re moving so they can come and visit you in your new house! Even more important is to ensure any companies know your new address, which will ensure your mail goes to your new address and not your old. Some companies to notify include subscriptions, banks, insurance, electoral roll and superannuation.

Clean the new house

Generally houses will be professional cleaned before you move in but it doesn’t hurt to run over the house again with a vacuum. Additionally some houses may be left empty for a period of time allowing it to gather dust. Pay particular attention to the bathroom and kitchen plus door handles and other areas you think needs extra attention. To make your job easier think about paying for professional cleaners who will quickly and effectively clean your new house plus steam clean any carpets.  Doing this before you move any furniture in will ensure the whole house is clean and ready.

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How to safely move house with pets

Moving can be a stressful time for the whole family, pets included. Animals are extremely territorial so when you decide to move out of your current house and into a completely new environment, it can bring out anxiety in even the calmest of pets. Here is our list for how to move with your pets, to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Maintain their normal routine prior to moving.

Continue to feed and walk your pet at similar times and comfort them with some treats. Dogs and cats respond best when they are with their owners, so keep them around before, during and after moving day.

Before moving house ensure the new house is pet friendly.

Spend some time walking around the house to ensure that it is a safe environment for your pet. Ensuring the house is secure both inside and outside to prevent your pet from escaping and potentially getting lost or hurt.

When it comes to moving day ensure you pet is placed in a calm environment.

If removalists are coming and going, it may be best to place your pet in a closed room. This will allow them space to remain calm plus ensuring no one trips over them while moving out the houses’ contents. Alternatively provide your pet with a carrier or crate that includes their toys and familiar bedding, where they can go to get away from all the action.

Take it slow when introducing them to their new environment.

Cats often respond best when introduced slowly to their new surroundings. Introduce a new room every few days and try hiding dry food around the house to encourage them to explore more. If your cat is an outdoor cat, introduce outside very slowly to reduce the risk of them getting lost or running away.

Keep dogs to their usual routine and ensure rules surrounding their sleeping and eating are introduced early. Take some time in the following week to introduce them to their new neighbourhoods and visit some of their favourite places.

Most importantly be sure to update your pet’s council registration and microchip, so your pet can be returned to you safely if they do get lost.

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