Advice for a stress- free house move

Written by in on October 13, 2014

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

Moving house can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time of significant stress- especially if you decide to do it yourself. Moving on your own can save you a lot of money, but keeping on top of everything takes some planning. Here are five simple ways to take control of your next move so you can save your money and your sanity.

First, make a plan.
Even if you hire a moving company, having a moving plan is important. But if you’re planning to do the work yourself, this is even more essential. Buy a loose-leaf notebook, paper and dividers, including a few with pockets. This will serve as your “Moving Day Toolkit,” a centralised location where you can store checklists and keep track of receipts and quotes on truck rentals, packing materials and other moving-related expenses. Don’t skip this step: Having a notebook that serves as an easy reference for everything you need makes the moving process much less stressful.

2. Pare down your belongings.

Go through your home and get rid of as much as you can before your move. Be ruthless. Donate items you no longer want or need to charity or arrange to sell them online. Having a garage sale to raise some extra money is certainly an option, but it’s time-consuming, so only choose this option if you’re sure you can commit the time and energy to it without feeling overwhelmed. Remember: the more you get rid of now, the less you’ll have to pack. Plus, it gives you an opportunity (or an excuse) to buy a few new items to decorate your new home to your liking.

Take time to pack electronics.

Make sure your electronics are properly prepared to withstand the move to your new home. Most moving companies sell boxes specifically for items like flat-screen televisions, or use heavy-duty boxes made for books and dishes for added protection. Disconnect cords from electronics and wrap them so they don’t scratch your devices. If you’re worried you won’t remember how to reconnect them, take a photo before disconnecting the wires so you have an easy reference later.

Pack “smart”

After purging your belongings, take an inventory of the remaining items so you can determine the number and sizes of the boxes you’ll need, as well as other packing supplies like packing paper, tape, labels and permanent markers. Begin packing non-essential items like out-of-season clothing, pictures and other household accessories as soon as possible to avoid a rush during the final days before your move. Decide which items will need to be placed in the truck first (generally, larger, heavier items go in first, followed by lighter items) and where each item or box will need to be placed once you arrive. Most importantly, label boxes clearly, preferably on two or more sides so you don’t have to search for the label. For those really delicate and breakable items, it’s ideal to label the box ‘handle with care’.

Don’t forget to pack an “essentials” box.

This box should contain everything you need for your first few days and nights at your new home. Having these items packed separately makes it easy to get through those first hectic days without the need to rummage through boxes looking for items you need to use right away.

Some items to include:

● Toilet paper

● Personal toiletries including toothpaste, soap, deodorant and shampoo

● A few plates and utensils

● Dish soap

● Pet food

● A torch and extra batteries or candles and matches

● A small toolkit

● Scissors

● Snacks and easy-to-prepare foods

● A shower curtain

● One or more changes of clothing

If you have children, let them pack their own essentials box with clothing, toiletries and a few toys or games.


Following these five simple tips should alleviate some of the stress out of moving, and with hope- leave you more time to focus on the fun and adventure of moving to a new place.


About the author: Clive Smith is the General Manager of Interstate Removals at Budget Self Pack Containers (BSPC) Australia-wide. Working over the past 15 years within the property industry, Clive has gained a wealth of experience across a range of roles, particularly in the self-move sector. He has been with BSPC since 2011 and enjoys writing for to better connect with clients and pass on his expertise knowledge.