We’re all familiar with the insane whirlwind that is moving. There’s a whole house to pack, the best removalists to research and book, cleaning and repairing the old place, dealing with agents and what seems like a never-ending list of other tasks.
Amidst the chaos, it is all too easy to lose sight of some of the myriad organisational tasks that will help the move, and your life, run more smoothly. They’re the kind of things that you might not even remember until that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach reminds you of what you should have thought of months ago when you were drowning in boxes and butcher’s paper.
At Mooval, we’re all about making your move easier and less stressful. That’s why we thought we’d put together a comprehensive list of those other little things that can be so easily overlooked while you’re focused on the nitty-gritty:
1. Redirect Your Mail
You’d be amazed at how many people neglect this simple procedure until a collections notice arrives for a bill that’s been sent repeatedly to their previous address. Alternatively, maybe it’s that online order you completely forgot you made, or a reminder from the dentist or optometrist that you or the kids are due for a check-up. Whatever the case, there’s no need to miss a piece of mail. Take note: redirecting mail is not free. However, it is an exceedingly simple procedure that can be completed online in minutes and save you significant unwanted costs or inconvenience.
While it’s always wonderful to be prepared, make sure you time this right as redirecting too early can mean that mail may arrive ahead of time at the new location and be discarded.
2. Addressing the Issue
While you’re at it, there are countless other places that you should notify of your new address. These will differ from person to person, however, here are some of the most common:
- Your driver’s licenses
- Bank, credit card, PayPal and other financial accounts
- If you run a business from home, update the ABN registry and your Google My Business listing
- Voter registration, particularly if you’re moving to a different state or federal electorate
- Life, auto or other insurance providers
- Your children’s schools/li>
- Any e-commerce websites from whom you purchase regularly
- Uber, Deliveroo or other transport/delivery accounts.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, so have a good think about anywhere else that you may need to update.
3. Utility Mobility
Making sure you have final meter readings on all your utilities is absolutely crucial. Disputes over electricity, gas, phone, internet and water charges can result in protracted disputes that will cost you far more than they’re worth in time, hassle and potentially money.
4. Read All About It!
Feeling a bit out of touch with what’s going on in the world since the move? That’s probably because you forgot to let those newspaper or magazine companies know that you’ve moved. You’ve paid for your subscription in advance, so don’t miss an issue due to an oversight.
5. Don’t Forget Fido
Responsible dog or cat owners will ensure that their pets are microchipped. However, many may overlook the importance of ensuring that the address details on that chip are up-to-date. Australia has 5 private microchip registries, in addition to state government-run programs in NSW and SA. If you’re confused about which registry your pet is on, you can access the details here using their microchip number and in most cases, make the change on the relevant registry’s website.
6. Talking Rubbish
Moving is arguably the best opportunity to do a thorough clean-out and get rid of all that extraneous junk that is cluttering up your life. If you’ve been getting your Marie Kondo on, it’s likely that your nature strip looks like the aftermath of a particularly rowdy Corey Worthington party. You might be outa there soon; however, that doesn’t make your stuff someone else’s problem. Make sure to call your local council and arrange for a hard rubbish collection ASAP. If you’re renting, this is particularly important, as the landlord may call in rubbish removalists and take the haulage charges out of your bond.
The list of things to consider when changing lodgings is virtually endless. However, if you can get on top of all these items, you’ll go a long way to ensuring that no nasty surprises pop up down the track. Moving is stressful and exhausting enough. The last thing you want is an unpleasant reminder of all that trauma a couple of months later, just when you feel like your really settling in.
If you’re still in the planning stages, then hopefully these tips will prove helpful. To ensure the move itself goes equally as smoothly, contact us today for a free consultation and let us guide you through the process.