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Keeping stress to a minimum is a must for moving day. Listed below are the top 7 things you should do before moving day arrives.

Disconnect & connect utilities
The last thing you want is to move into your new home only to find you have no water, electricity or gas. Before moving day, contact your supplier to ensure that the utilities will be connected by the time you move in. Also, to avoid receiving bills after you move out, give the supplier notice as to when they will need to disconnect the water, gas or electricity.

Redirect mail and change mailing address
You may not think you receive much mail, but you’d be surprised at how many people will need your mailing address. Your employer, bank, insurance company and telephone company are just a few examples.

The Australian Post also offers a mail redirect service, which could come in handy for the first few months after you move as there is a chance some people will not have received your new address.

Organise insurance
Moving all of your belongings from one house to another can be chaotic and accidents may happen. One of the first things you should do is make sure the move is covered by your insurance policy as well as the new address.

It is also important to check with the removalist about what their insurance covers, to avoid problems happening down the track.

Create a plan for kids/pets
With all of the excitement of moving house, kids may become over energised. To make things easier for you, consider having friends or family watch them for the day.

Also, don’t forget to update your pet’s registration and microchip information when you move.

Discard unwanted items
Before moving day, have a thorough clean out of your belongings and get rid of anything you do want to come with you. This is a great way to start fresh in a new home and you also have an opportunity to make an extra bit of cash by either selling items privately or having a garage sale.

Measurements for new house
Are you sure our couch, fridge and bed will all fit in your new house? Avoid being stuck with over-sized furniture by organising a pre-move visit to obtain measurements of the main rooms. This way, you will have time to either buy new furniture or rearrange your floor plan to fit everything in.

Be ready for Plan B
If something goes wrong on your moving day e.g. the utilities aren’t connected to your new house or furniture doesn’t arrive on time, major stress can be avoided if you have organised a Plan B. Ask a friend or family member if you are able to stay with them in case something goes wrong. It’s also a good idea to pack a first night box so that if you don’t move in straight away or you do move in but are too tired to unpack everything, you will have all of the essentials with you. Read our blog on what to pack in your first night box here (link).