The best moving advice we’ve heard is ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’, so why not tackle those small tasks online so you can get back to the big stuff — like packing.
That moving ‘to-do’ list may seem never ending, but carrying out these simple but essential moving tasks online can help to simplify the moving process.
Online tasks to help move house
1. Connect your electricity and gas online
Disconnecting and connecting utilities is quick and easy, though it can take up to 3 business days do get sorted, make sure you plan ahead so you’re not left in the dark. Once you know your move out date, you can arrange for your utilities to be disconnected and connected to the new property on move in day.
For Origin electricity connections, just let us know about your move before 1pm (Monday to Friday) and well make sure the power is on the next business day.
2. Redirect your post
Australia Post makes moving pretty straightforward. They’ve even got an online service that allows you to redirect your mail with ease. Just create an account on their website and in a few simple steps, your mail will be redirected, so you can feel confident nothing will go astray.
3. Check the weather
Fingers crossed for a dry moving day, but if it is scheduled to rain – don’t panic. Your removalist’s more than likely done this many times before and will have the necessary equipment.
If you’re doing a DIY move, check the weather a week out and plan ahead for any showers. Have some large bits of tarp or plastic sheeting on hand to drape across large items such as sofas and mattresses, and even consider taping the tarp around soft furnishings to prevent dirt and damage. In many cases furniture takes time to get through the door, so your items could be exposed to the elements for longer than you think, even in the fastest move.
“An online grocery delivery the day after you move in will ensure no one gets hungry during the unpacking!”
4. Arrange to get some groceries delivered
The last thing you’ll want to do the day after a move is go grocery shopping, and trust us when we say moving with a fridge full of food can be a bad idea!
Quick tip: Empty your fridge when you move. Pop everything in an Esky, or better yet, eat your way to an empty fridge ahead of your moving day and restock it once you’ve settled in. An online grocery delivery the day after you move in will ensure no one gets hungry during the unpacking!
5. Book a removal van
Don’t forget the moving van! It could be a good idea to book this as far in advance as possible. Many removal companies now have online booking, so you don’t need to stress about fitting this in during office hours.
6. Update your online accounts
Many of us love a bit of online shopping, but you don’t want your orders going astray. Remember to update your shipping address on favourites sites such as eBay, Amazon and ASOS and don’t forget your online banking and PayPal accounts too.
7. Tell the government
We don’t want to sound like Big Brother, but when you move there’s a list of government bodies to inform, like Medicare, Centrelink and the ATO. Tick these off your list by visiting australia.gov.au.