How To Prepare Yourself When Moving Home in Sydney
Moving home can be extremely stressful no matter the size of your home or family. With so many factors to consider it’s important to avoid stress by giving yourself plenty of time to plan and pack for the big move before the big day. Here at Palmers, our goal is to make your move as stress free as possible, so we’ve put together a guide with our top industry tips for a care free move in Sydney.
Be Honest With What You Need
Moving home is the perfect excuse to finally get rid of the clutter around the house. Be brutally honest with yourself when it comes to every item that you put away, discarding of anything that isn’t vital. You’ll be thrilled on moving day when there’s less to carry, making the day go quicker and giving you less to unpack.
For larger items, you can arrange for the council to pick them up. Most councils have two courtesy council-clean-up dates a year, although you can arrange your own collection date and depending on your council it may be free or a small fee for disposal.
If you are downsizing or simply don’t need all of your furniture at your new home but don’t want to part ways with it, storage may be necessary. If your new home has a large garage or attic, you’re in luck. Condense your items and pack them according to the floor plan. If you are downsizing, you may want to consider a removalist that also specialises in storage options. By choosing a company like Palmers, you can have all your belongings packed at your old home and only have the items you need unpacked at your new home with the rest being taken to a nearby secure storage facility for later use.
Contact Your Utility Providers
As soon as you have set the date for your move, you should aim to contact your utility providers as soon as you can to discuss the relocation and the process to change address. While this task may seem daunting, it’s also an opportunity for you to change providers if you aren’t entirely happy with your current service.
Some areas are only available to certain providers, so it’s important to find out this information with your provider before you commit to a contract. Your real estate agent should have all the relevant information in regards to what utilities are available (e.g. High Speed Broadband, Pay TV) so don’t be afraid to ask.
Once you have finalised your new address, contact Australia Post and inform them of your move as soon as possible to redirect all important bills and mail. As well, inform any domestic providers (Gardeners, Pool Cleaners, etc.) of your relocation and whether or not you will continue to need their services at your new home.
Organise the Day’s Schedule
Organise for your professional removal team to arrive as early as convenient for you so you have the whole day to get things done. If you have small children and pets, it’s best to keep them out of the way during the packing and heavy lifting. It’s only natural for them to want to help, so our advice is to arrange some transport with a family member with a few of their belongings to unpack once they arrive at the new place.
Make sure you have enough keys cut so that the family can arrive separately and you and the removalists don’t have any issues with security gates, garage doors or getting into the place itself. You may want to hire a cleaner to arrive once you leave your old home. Moving home is overwhelming enough without having to clean up after you’ve just packed away a household worth of items, so we recommend a professional cleaner to ensure that you get your bond back. Alternatively, we’ve written a comprehensive guide for a DIY bond clean which will help you get every cent of your bond back if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty.
Prepare to give some leeway on the day with your schedule. Traffic and other factors all play a big part in a move, especially in a busy city like Sydney. The best way to stay on time and stress free on the day is to be picky about the removal company you use, by checking their ratings and being aware of dodgy companies.
Pack Your Belongings Properly
To avoid delays on the big day, most people choose to pack their belongings gradually in anticipation for their move. Contact your removalist before the move and arrange some packing materials that you can use to safety store your items. Boxes should be securely taped and very clearly labelled to avoid breakage and make unpacking a breeze. For bulky and hard to pack items, you can request your removal team to securely package them for safe transport. Antiques, awkwardly shaped furniture and delicate artworks can all be professionally wrapped by your removalist team on the day in a prompt and professional manner that ensures your schedule runs on time and your belongings are kept in tip top shape.
If you’re planning on moving home in Sydney and need a reputable and reliable removalist company to make your move as stress-free as possible, look no further than Palmers Relocations. With over 35 years of experience, our family owned and operated removal company has helped Australian families and businesses relocate locally, interstate and internationally with ease. Call us today on 1300 363 916 for a friendly chat and a free quote. You can also contact us online through our handy quote page and we’ll give you a ring whenever is most convenient for you.