Are you moving house or thinking about moving?  It's the beginning of the university year so a few of our team have been packing up and moving out, either with friends or leaving for new horizons.  Here are a few tips from our experiences, many learnt the hard way!

  1. Make sure the area you are moving to has the utilities that you will require.  A couple of us recently moved to areas where townhouses and units are quickly overtaking the older large family homes.  Of course, this also means a lot more traffic taking up internet lines!  We found that the majority of providers had run out of leases over the lines, which leaves you with only the most expensive providers or cable.
  2. Keep all your lists and important notes on your phone.  If you put your phone down in that pile of boxes somewhere you can call it to find it again.  You can't call a piece of paper, trust me on that one.
  3. If you are not sure of when you have paid your rent up until, ask your real estate agent.  They are required to keep a tenancy ledger which details when and how much rent you have paid since you moved in.  This can be really helpful, especially if you are handing over your lease to a new tenant in a shared house.
  4. Put hot and cold stickers on your washing machine hoses.  It seems like a simple thing to do, but I spent a couple of hours on the weekend trying to work out why the washing machine wouldn't work and dreading the thought of buying a new one.  (A quick call to Mum and swapping the hoses over solved the problem.)
  5. Make sure you update your address so that your mail is directed to the new house.  This is especially important if you are moving from a college for example, where you have to collect mail from the office, and the office is closed over Christmas (can you tell this one is definitely from experience?)
  6. Definitely label boxes well – I've already made a couple of trips down to our garage and know exactly which boxes to open to grab a particular item.  My friend who hasn't labelled her boxes opens about ten before she finds what she wants.
  7. Don't pay for boxes, places like Bunnings or other hardware stores usually have decent size boxes that you can collect for free.

I'm sure moving house could possibly be a more stress-free experience if you have planned ahead and don't wait until the night before to finish packing.  "Those last few things will only take a couple of minutes" – famous last words.