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?