A comprehensive moving out checklist to help you relocate with ease

Moving houses, apartments, suburbs or states can be a stressful time, made harder due to the confusion of what you’re required to do. You may be asking yourself, “What do I need to prepare to move?” or “How do I know what steps to take when moving out?” It’s easy to become overwhelmed and forget things, leading to additional last minute moving out costs that weren’t accounted for.

As our customers know well, we make typically confusing things (like energy deals) clear, so we can help everyday Aussies stay switched on. So, we’ve compiled a moving out checklist that covers all bases and will help you relocate to your new humble abode with ease.

Organise your utilities

  • Organise your electricity with an energy provider to make sure the power is switched on the day you arrive. We may be biased, being an energy provider ourselves, but we think that this step is one of the most important. Trying to move in with no lights, vacuuming ability, cooking potential, phone chargers, heating or cooling can prove to be frustrating. For a simple electricity switchover, provide us with your new address and your move-in date here and we will make sure the power is on when you arrive.
  • Make sure to sort out internet, gas, and water. Start looking around early to make sure you don’t make a rushed, last minute decision and end up paying more than you need to.

 

Prepare your belongings

  • Moving is the perfect opportunity to clean out your belongings. You’ll be surprised what you find when packing up your home, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time. Selling things online or at a garage sale can help you make money from your pre-loved items to put towards your new place.
  • Pack your things and label the boxes with their contents and the room you intend to put them to make unpacking a breeze.
  • Pack your favourite items in a separate box. When you’ve got a lot of unpacking to do in your new home, you’ll be grateful to have easy access to your favourite tea, snacks and clothes, as well as any cleaning products you may need for the move.
  • Use up all the contents of your fridge and freezer so you can empty, defrost and clean them before the move.

 

Find your bearings

  • Research your new area to get an understanding of where the nearest grocery store, service station and public transport options are.
  • If required, organise a new school for your children in your new area.

 

Organise the moving day

  • Book a removalist and research who you are going to choose to ensure you get the best price and service, to ensure it all runs smoothly on moving day.
  • Make plans for your pets so they aren’t forgotten about, stressed or injured during the busy moving process. A good idea is to take them to a family member’s place.
  • Organise time off work if you will need a few extra days outside the weekend to move.
  • Create a floor plan for where your belongings will go. Planning where your furniture will be placed and measuring the spaces to ensure items will fit can help you avoid any unexpected hold ups.

 

Dot the I’s and cross the T’s

  • Organise home and contents insurance to ensure you are covered in the case of theft or damage. If you’re renting, note that home insurance is the property owner’s responsibility, but you should consider contents-only insurance.
  • Notify all establishments of your change of address, including banks, the Department of Transportation, Electoral Office, ATO & Superannuation Fund, Health funds, any club memberships you have, and your work.
  • Sign the lease to your new home and organise to pick up the keys.
  • Celebrate! After all the hard work is done, congratulate yourself and enjoy your new home.

While the list of moving to-dos seems extensive, it can be made easier by working with quality service providers that keep things simple and are reliable. For a simple electricity switchover contact Elysian Energy. Provide us with your new address and your move-in date here and we will make sure the power is on when you arrive.

Independence has a price: How you can keep your costs down when you move out of home

Being independent can be a liberating experience. However, don’t let your new freedom lead to a dwindling bank account. There are easy ways to keep your cost-of-living down, but it will mean setting some rules and adopting new habits.

 

Budget

The idea of budgeting can be scary. It may seem difficult or complex, but it doesn’t have to be. Essentially budgeting can be simple if you want it to be.

A simple budget rule you could follow is the 50/20/30 principle. 50 per cent of net income goes to living expenses, 20 per cent goes to savings or investments, and 30 per cent goes to lifestyle choices and your social life. Whatever you don’t spend for that week, fortnight or month, put it in your savings or investments.

 

Give up a treat (or a few)

We all love our treats and indulgences, but our wallet will thank us if we cut back. Afraid to? Start with something small. Cancel a subscription you rarely use, have less takeaway or give it up entirely. It’ll all be much easier to give up if you think about the larger indulgence you’re saving for – maybe that weekend getaway with friends?

 

Track your spending

There are a lot of different personal finance apps and programs now that will track your spending for you. Using them will help you keep track of where your money is going. When you see how much you spend on coffee each month, you’ll know to you need to cut down and take coffee from home instead. When you can see where your money is going, you know where you need to curb your spending and adopt some new habits.

 

Your trash could be someone’s treasure

Moving is a great opportunity to see what you have but before you donate or bin something, see if you can sell it. There are so many ways to sell your stuff such as through local forums, apps, eBay and Gumtree. Old phones, CDs, books and games can also be traded in for cash or store credit.

 

Home

When moving into your own place, ask your family and friends – do they have some furniture, appliances or homewares they don’t need? You’ll be surprised at how generous some people can be. Whether you buy appliances or receive them as gifts, ensure you check their energy rating. A low energy rated appliance will cost you more in the long run as it sucks up energy and will only increase your bills. It would be worth investing in something with a higher energy rating. When buying curtains, get ones that are insulated to keep the warmth in in winter and keep the heat out in summer. This will also help to reduce your energy bills.

 

Utilities

Shop around for deals on electricity, gas and water. Figure out your household requirements and find out what’s on offer. If you sign up for a discount, make sure it will actually save you money in the long-term. Revisit your contracts often and beware of electricity’s “lazy tax”.

If you want to pay monthly, have an easier way to organise your funds and only pay for what you use, give Elysian Energy a call because we deliver exactly that. Call us on 03 8630 2825.

It may take a while to find your feet financially so set yourself some financial rules and goals and stick with them. Always follow the golden rule; do not spend more than you can afford.