The past fortnight has seen me prepare to move both my office and my home from one rental property to another. This has bought about some ‘I wish I had…’ moments. So! To save you yelling into a pillow like I have been, here is a list of things I have learnt. Some of these tips will apply for tenants only and some will apply to everyone.
Prior to signing an agreement, it is worth investing the time to find out:
So you’ve found somewhere to live and moving day is getting close! What now?!
Have a think about what you need to do:
Start asking around friends and family if anyone knows who has any boxes. I have a young daughter. Nappy boxes make great packing boxes! Especially for pantry items and other small breakable belongings. The giant plastic tubs from kmart have been my best friend. At the same price as a new box, they easily stack together and provide extra storage should you need it in your new abode. Another life saving product was the giant blue, red and white striped bags that you can get from your nearest 1,2,3 dollar store. At about $5 for a giant bag, they sound expensive but still cheaper than a box. I managed to fit all my clothes (except the hanging items) into one bag. It may not be the best way to take care of your clothes, but I just needed to get from A to B. This will do. They also work well for towels, linen etc.
Packing paper – a total pain to locate. If you don’t mind packing your belongings in newspaper then head to your local IGA. They stock a couple of local papers and the retailer at my store was more than happy for me to help myself to about twenty papers. This has served all of my packing paper needs. If you have white dishware, I suggest trying to source white paper. This will save you a lot of cleaning at your destination.
Pack smart. Label your boxes. Put them into one area clustered into different rooms. This will make unpacking much easier.
So for me, today is key collection day. I have the BIGGEST grin ever across my face. Wish me luck!