Things to consider when moving house

TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF MOVING... Plan early and make the move easier. Photo: Supplied

Moving house can be one of the most stressful times anyone experiences. Most of us just wish there was someone who could do the job for us. Here are a few tips on making the move a bit smoother.

All the rubbish
Once you start the packing process, there will be a lot of things that you will decide you don’t need to move to the new place, things that you may have forgotten you had.
Consider what can be donated, recycled or sold on Facebook before you throw it out.
When it comes to household chemicals and problem waste, items such as paint, cleaning products, batteries, garden chemicals, gas bottles and fluorescent globes, you can’t be thrown in any of your kerbside bins. Contact the Greater Shepparton City Council to see if their recycling centre can be of assistance.

The packing
First off, look through some of the online classifieds to see if anyone is trying to get rid of any packaging such as boxes for free. You can often buy quality, used boxes through storage or moving services and return them through a buy-back program when you’re finished using them.
Unless things are going into storage, you might consider using some of your towels and other line to wrap things in rather than lots of waste paper. Eco-friendly cleaning
If you are moving into an existing rather than new home, even if the previous tenants did a good clean, you will most likely want to do a good clean yourself. Use environmentally friendly products where you can.

Care for your relationships
This is not just being nice to your family. Landlords, housemates and neighbours will inevitably be impacted by your move, so it helps to give them support as well.

Plan ahead
Give yourself plenty of time, you will need it. Start packing as soon as you know a move is on the cards.
Don’t book movers at the last minute, don’t try and pack the night before the big move and relax a bit after you’ve relocated.
My other tip is that good removalists book out very quickly! So, as soon as you know your moving date, book your removalist early.