Creating a moving house plan

Moving house and planning go hand in hand. In order to have a successful move, it's critical to create a moving house plan in advance that you can stick to on moving day.

By the time that your relocation is finished, you will be thankful that you had the foresight to plan for both large and small details in your move.

So where do you begin? Here are some important tips to use to create a thorough plan for an organised moving house experience:

  • Pack your belongings: To minimise stress when moving house, begin packing as soon as you know you are moving. If you're packing several months in advance, you can pack up belongings or rooms that you no longer use.

    Make sure to save your most used items for last and plan to pack your entire home two weeks prior to moving day. Pack and organise all boxes with clear labels and colour codes to make it easy for movers to load and transport your belongings.
  • Plan your floor plan: If you manage to obtain a floor plan of your new home, or have already seen it, take the time to plan where all belongings and furniture will go when you move.

    This will prevent you from being completely disorganised when movers unload your boxes and furniture into your new home. If you have a clear floor plan diagram of where all furniture will go, you won't have to worry about rearranging your house yourself, after the movers have finished.
  • Schedule rubbish removal: One critical factor many people overlook when moving house is scheduling rubbish removal directly after relocation.

    As you pack and load your belongings into the moving truck, you may be surprised at how much rubbish can accumulate in trash bags or from old, broken pieces of furniture that you no longer need.

    Contact your local council and enquire about hard waste removal pickup times in the area. Or alternatively, you can either borrow or hire a trailer to transport the rubbish, or arrange for a skip bin to be delivered for the waste to be disposed of.
  • Transfer your utilities: Contact your utility service provider and inform them of your move-in date. Try calling at least two weeks prior to relocating, to ensure that electricity and gas will be turned on in time.

Creating a detailed moving house plan goes a long way. Take a few moments to consider your moving day from start to finish. Is there any small detail you are overlooking that could possibly derail you?

To give you one final example, if you are hiring a moving truck for DIY moving, have you planned where the truck will be dropped off after your relocation? Contact the hire company you are renting the truck from, to request to drop it off at an outlet near your new home.


Top moving tip

Stay organised on moving day by having all necessary paperwork on hand in a binder or envelope. This includes payment for removalists, your driver's license if hiring a moving truck and keys to move into your new home. Staying organised will save you time and money on moving day.