We don’t mean to toot our own horns, but as real estate professionals, it’s safe to say that we’re authorities in moving house. On top of assisting tenants with finding their dream homes, we’re also knowledgeable in the logistics that comprise the process of moving house. For a handy checklist of tasks to take care of when relocating, keep reading.
Decide whether you need removalists
You have two options when it comes to the literal heavy lifting of moving house: moving your belongings yourself with help from your family and friends, or hiring professionals. If you opt for the latter, we recommend utilising word of mouth when choosing your removalist service. However, don’t forget to check online reviews to help you compare different companies’ reliability and trustworthiness.
Collect packing boxes from friends
Avoid disasters later down the track by using packing boxes that are sturdy and the right size, as well as heavy duty packing tape. Ask family or friends who have recently moved if they have packing boxes that you can borrow; you may also be able to acquire them from retail stores or your neighbourhood Facebook group. If you’re really organised, you can even start collecting boxes from deliveries you receive months before your moving date.
Disconnect and reconnect utilities
Once you know your move-out date, take care of your utilities before it slips your mind. This means arranging for your utilities to be disconnected from your current house and then connected at your next residence; this can include your NBN, gas, electricity, and water. However, be mindful that some providers need to access your new abode before connecting your utilities, so minor delays should be expected.
Put aside time for cleaning
When moving out of a rental, nailing the final clean is essential for receiving your bond back. Similar to moving, you have a choice of doing it yourself or employing professionals. There are a myriad of cleaners who specialise in ‘bond cleans’ and assisting people who are moving out of a house. Many of them will also provide guarantees for their work, meaning they will return to finish any cleaning that the landlord or real estate agent may consider not up to scratch.
Update your address details
A task that is easy to forget in the hubbub of moving is updating your address details with your various service providers. Avoid missing out on important mail and communications by keeping your contact details up-to-date with your bank, the Electoral Commission, the Australian Taxation Office, tax agents, your doctor and dentist, any clubs you are a part of, and any subscription services.
The real estate experts at De Freitas Ryan are here to provide support and expert advice in all matters related to moving homes. Get in touch with the friendly team today by calling (08) 6263 8403.