Moving house is an exciting time, but there’s often lots of different things going on and it can be hard to keep track of it all. You’ll need to decide if you hire professional movers or do it yourself, organise to have your current home cleaned, and make sure you complete any other obligations if required by a real estate agent or property owner.
In addition, it’s never more apparent just how much stuff you have than when it comes time to move house. Moving house is a great time to declutter, reassess what you actually need, and get rid of unnecessary junk, rubbish and old items.
The process of moving house can be daunting and exhausting, but we’ve got a few tips for moving out to make the transition as smooth as it can be. Whether you’re moving out of your parents’ home for the first time, moving from rental to rental, moving back to the family home or moving into your very own home, these are the best tips to ensure your move is as simple and stress-free as possible.
It can be tempting to just throw everything into boxes and deal with it on the other end. But the time when you’re packing up to move is a great time to reassess what you have – and if you really need to hold onto it.
There’s no point in packing up an item, moving it, unpacking it and then throwing it away when you realise you don’t need it anymore. Declutter as you pack to keep from moving items with you that will end up being thrown away anyway. Also, it’s always best to start packing early rather than leaving everything close to moving day and adding extra stress.
There are heaps of move out cleaning tips around, but our biggest piece of advice is to make sure you know your obligations, especially if you’re vacating a rental. Failure to comply with the obligations may result in losing some of your rental bond.
Some landlords require proof that the carpets have been professionally cleaned, and, if you can afford it, you may benefit from hiring a vacate cleaner. That will save you from having to return to your old place to do a thorough last minute clean – giving you extra time to set up your new home!
Skip Bin Hire
It’s likely you’ll underestimate just how much rubbish you have to throw away – and it’s never more clear than when you’re trying to hand over the keys for your old house but you’ve got way more rubbish than your green council bin can handle.
skip bin hire is a convenient way to get rid of unwanted items and rubbish so that you don’t have to take them with you to your new address. You may think you don’t have enough rubbish to warrant hiring a skip bin, but we offer different sizing options including mini skip bins in Perth. That being said, it’s often worthwhile hiring a larger skip than you think you’ll need – just in case! Waste and rubbish can add up very quickly, especially as you start decluttering, and it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
Budget for the unexpected
There are always costs associated with moving house, from professional mover fees if you choose, to hiring a truck or trailer, to paying the bond at your new place if necessary. You may be on top of all of that – but unexpected expenses can pop up, catching you unawares.
As much as you can, you should prepare for the unexpected so that you’re not caught short. Allow for some wriggle room in your budget and have some extra money aside for unexpected expenses, for example the loss of part of your old bond, utility connection fees, or unexpected final utility bills from your old place.
It’s a good idea to think about insurance before you move, to ensure you’re covered from day one. If you’re the owner of your new place, consider home and contents insurance to protect you, your home and your property from damage, theft or other unexpected incidents.
If you’re renting, consider contents insurance or rental insurance. It may be worthwhile getting a quote and deciding if it’s right for you and your circumstances. If you’re going to have insurance as a renter, get it sorted before moving day.
Other Handy Tips
Some other pointers that you might not think of, but which will make a difference on moving day include:
- Empty your drawers! It can be tempting to just tape up your drawers and move them as is, but this will make them a lot heavier to move and carry.
- Don’t water your pot plants the day before moving. This will keep them from leaking water on the move. They can enjoy a nice long drink when they arrive at their new address.
- Ensure you don’t use boxes that are already quite worn. It can be handy reusing old boxes, borrowing second hand boxes from a friend or getting free boxes from Facebook Marketplace – just make sure they’re not so worn that they might give out mid-move.
- Disassemble flat-pack furniture, where possible. This will make it a lot easier to move the items out of your old place, into the truck and into your new home – especially if you’re moving yourself, without professional movers. Make sure you put all nuts, bolts and screws into a zip-lock bag and tape it to one of the larger parts of the furniture so they don’t go missing in the move.
Tick each of these steps off your list, and you’ll find the moving out process goes smoother than you thought possible. Get in touch with us here at Kwik Skips to discuss all your needs for rubbish removal in Perth WA, so that you don’t need to move all your old junk and waste with you.