Moving house is a big moment in your life where things start to change. Whether it’s the step when you move out of your parents and begin an independent adventure, or you’re ready to start a family with your other half. Whatever the reason – it’s a big deal.
The moving process can be an awfully stressful one, especially if this is your first time. But having said, it’s very exciting too. As long as you properly prepare yourself, there’s no reason the transition should be a bad one. You can even get some tips and advice online on the best ways to get ready for your move. It’s always nice to have people there that can help you too, like family and friends. The more helping hands – the easier the process will be. (And it’ll most likely be cheaper.)
Now that’s all out of the way, and you’ve just finished putting the last moving box into it’s allocated room, you can breathe – you did it – you’re there. Although, now begins a whole new set of tasks, some more important than others, but regardless still all need to be done.
Here’s a reminder, a bit of advice, and a few helpful tips to make the experience a smoother one.
Change your address
A lot of you may have already done this just before you moved, but if you haven’t, you will need to change your address. This is a big one because failure to do so, you will not receive any mail, as well as bills – and you may still be charged for utilities at your old home address which would be a disaster. So make sure this is all set up so you’re receiving the correct mail and only paying for the things that you’re using. This also ties in with making sure you cancel all subscriptions like for certain channels on the tv, as well as the phone lines and internet. Some companies allow you to simply change the address, but a lot of the time it’s easier to cancel everything all together, and start over again once you’re in your new home. You may even get better deals this way too.
Replace the locks
Although the locks in your new house may be perfectly working and in order, it’s a good idea to have them changed regardless, just as an extra form of security. You never know, there may be a copy of keys from the house that someone owns, and if fallen into the wrong hands, could be rather dangerous. So just to be on the safe side, you should contact a company like Positive Security who provide a locksmith service whether that be lock changing and replacement, lock rekeying, broken key removal, and emergency lockout assistance.
This is an obvious job that will need to be done, but it’s very easy to leave it until tomorrow, and then the next day, and then the next. It’s normal to be exhausted, and you absolutely deserve a few days off to settle into your surrounds and recharge, but sooner or later you’re going to have to get going again. Assuming your boxes are all in their allocated rooms already – that’s half of the job done. You don’t have to get everything done at once – although completing one room before starting another is a good idea – go in and spend 30 minutes taking things out of their boxes and arranging them where you want them. Then take a break, go for a walk, have some lunch, watch a few episodes of your favourite series – and then go back and put in another 30 minutes.
Don’t be shy Moving into a new area can be nerve-racking, understandably. You may not know anyone there, and that can get rather intimidating, especially if you have moved on your own. The key here is not to let your trepidation get the better of you. As scary as it may be, get out of your house and knock on your neighbour’s door – see who’s on either side of you, or opposite even. Say hello and introduce yourself as their new neighbour. You might even find that you don’t have to because they’re already at your door asking you if there’s anything you need to settle in.
So as you can see – it doesn’t take a lot of work – physically or mentally. There are just final loose ends to tie up until you can totally relax in your new place and enjoy the new beginning to the rest of your life.
That feeling of exhaustion and burnout when you go through a big house move can often be overwhelming for many people. You can’t crash and burn once the purchase has been finally pushed through though. Instead you need to stay alert and make sure you don’t make the mistakes that so often get made when people purchase a new place and move in. Here are the key mistakes that you’ll need to be aware of so that you can avoid them properly.
Don’t Wait to Introduce Yourself to Your New Neighbours
You’re going to hopefully be living in this location for quite some time, and that means you’re going to be surrounded by the same neighbours for a long time to. You shouldn’t waste any time in getting out there, knocking on their doors and introducing yourself to the people nearby. Those neighbourly relationships could really serve you well in the future so don’t hesitate to initiate them.
Don’t Ignore the State of Your Finances
The state that your finances are in could end up having a big impact on how you use your new home and how you fill it up with new furniture. Before you start worrying about those kinds of things you need to make sure that you are aware of how healthy your financial situation is. After an expensive move like this it’s so easy to bury your head in the sand and ignore your finances but that will only lead to further problems going forward.
Don’t Delay Getting Your Utilities Up and Running
You’re going to want to sort out your basics first of all, and that should include getting your utilities up and running. Call the right people and get the gas, water and and electric flowing before you worry about anything else. Ideally, you should have these things organised and in place before you even go ahead with the move. If you notice any problems with the water, contact a plumber and have the issues addressed rapidly. Any minor hiccups are best dealt with at the earliest possible opportunity.
Don’t Assume Safety and Security Matters Are Covered
Just because you’re moving into a modern home that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s as secure as you would like it to be. It’s definitely a good idea to assess the state of the home security measures that are currently in place and you can then replace or upgrade them if you feel that it’s necessary to do so. It’s a huge mistake to ignore these kinds of matters because your family’s safety could be under threat.
Don’t Fill a Spare Room With Boxes and Close the Door
There is always that temptation to put the boxes that are filled with the stuff you don’t need right away in a spare room. You can then forget about them and not only will you have lots of boxes filled with stuff that are doing nothing but you’ll also be sacrificing your spare room, rendering it pretty much useless to your family. Yes it can be tiring and boring to unpack every one of those boxes but it needs to be done and putting it off shouldn’t be an option for you.
Don’t Put Off the Cleaning Once You’ve Unpacked
Unpacking your bags is not where the process of making your home neat and tidy ends. There is so much dirt and dust that enters your home when you’re moving those boxes and who knows where it all comes from. Maybe it’s from the floor of the truck of the shoes of the people carrying boxes and furniture in and out. Either way, you need to get on top of things and have a massive clean up once you have unpacked all of the most important things from their boxes.
Don’t Forget to Change Your Address
This is one of those boring administrative things that definitely needs to be taken care of sooner rather than later. If you leave it for too long before you change your address on things like bills and insurance policies, you will put yourself and your family at more risk than is really necessary. For example, there is nothing stopping an insurance company denying and rejecting your claim if they find that there are errors in your policy and account details so be careful.
Moving house can be stressful and we all know that’s the case. That doesn’t mean that you can simply relax once you’ve moved into your new home though because there is still so much more to do
Don’t be afraid of seeking someone external. Someone neutral to talk through things with. Someone who isn’t caught up in it all with you. Who is trained to give you neutral, strategic advice. Or to just be an ear. To let you know that what you think you SHOULD do actually is right. And that you CAN do it.
And if you are asking people if they’re okay, be ready that they might actually so NO. And there may be tears. It’s like that sometimes.
As I sit here, ready to package my netbook up YET AGAIN for repairs (just scraped into the extended warranty period, though it’s a recurring problem…) I’m SO glad I have my HTC Legend now, (shame about the Vodafail reception) and that my work lets me access sites including email in my lunch and breaks, otherwise I’d be struggling with things like organising my life and getting started at uni for the semester.
Julie has supplied the following post on the advantages of renting technology like laptops, especially when moving!
Rent Technology When You Move
Moving can be tough, especially when it’s out of state or even out of the country. There are a million things to organise – your accommodation, your new job, your furniture and the entire moving process. There’s also packing, closing accounts and saying goodbye to your family and friends. It’s an exciting, but also exhausting process!
These days, we’re lucky that technology makes the moving process much easier. It’s so painless to stay in touch and communicate with those you leave behind via the internet and a thousand different gadgets and electronics – no more expensive landline phone calls! But for those who have moved – or those who lead the expat lifestyle flitting from one country to the next – your technology needs might change wherever you go.
You might not have had a need for a home computer before you moved, but having access to a laptop or PC when you live away from home can provide the convenience of using the internet to talk or stay in touch with family and friends after office hours. Or, you might have moved to a foreign country and an iPad is the perfect way to stay on top of home news and info on a day to day basis.
An iPad might be the perfect solution, but it’s also an expensive one. Moving in itself can be an expensive process, so there might not be a chunk of cash left for gadgets. This is why renting is a smart way to get the technology you want and need, when you need it.
When you rent technology, you don’t have to dish out a hefty sum of money for the computer, smartphone, iPad or laptop you want. Instead, you pay a low monthly fee to use the technology. You’re also not sinking your funds into the latest product that will soon be eclipsed by a newer, snazzier option. At the end of your term, you can usually choose to buy the item, upgrade or simply end your rental.
Rental companies such as RentSmart also offer some added features like loaner laptop if yours is broken or stolen, and transfer and back up services to move all your documents and data from one machine to another.
And when you rent equipment and it’s used for business purposes, it can also be tax deductible!
When we make any sort of move, we want creature comforts around us and an easy way to stay in touch.. PC rental, laptop rental or iPad rental is a useful alternative to get around the cost of these gadgets.
What technology did you want with you when you moved?