Have you made the decision to move out but just don’t know where to start or feel overwhelmed? Relax, even though you may think it’s not possible, moving out of your existing home can be a breeze. It’s all about following the old saying “you reap what you sow” and putting in the groundwork before moving day.
Moving out is a lot more than packing up your belonging and saying goodbye. This is especially true when your name is on the lease and household bills. The easiest way to prepare for your move is to create an action plan that lists each task that needs to be completed before or on moving day. Checking off each item as it is finished shows you how much progress you have made while making sure you don’t forget to complete any important tasks. This is particularly important when you can’t remember everything or have many things to do. Writing down the tasks you need to complete stops your brain from becoming overloaded which helps you be more relaxed, less overwhelmed and lets you get the job done.
So, which tasks should you include in your action plan? Take a look at these 8 steps that can help you plan the tasks you need to complete to move out successfully.
1. Tell Your Flatmates
This can be the hardest task to complete especially when you enjoy living with your flatmates and are forced to move due to a change in circumstances. You should tell your household in person and as a group when each person has time for a group discussion or meeting. During your conversation you should confirm the date you will be moving and start finalising your bills, bond and lease arrangements if you feel it’s the right time to start discussing these issues.
2. Pack Your Belongings
To avoid feeling overwhelmed on your designated moving day, it’s a good idea to start packing the items you don’t use every day as early as possible. Ideally, you should finish packing your belonging and preparing any furniture you own the night before you move. You may be able to get spare boxes from your friends, relatives, workplace, real estate agent, moving company or local store.
3. Organise Your Moving Day
You will need to hire a moving van, arrange with whom to leave your keys and organise a time to move into your new accommodation. It’s your biggest and busiest day where anything can go wrong if you haven’t organised it well. When leaving the key with a flatmate or real estate agent, it’s important to remember to get a signed letter stating that you have given back the keys to the house, townhouse or apartment. This letter will be important if any problems arise in the future. To make your moving day a success, check out our 14 point moving day checklist.
4. Let Your Friends and Family Know
Contacting your friends and family to tell them the date you are moving gives you the chance to ask them to help you on your moving day. Letting your loved ones know that you are moving also stops them from getting worried in case they can’t contact you for a few days.
5. Redirect Your Mail
Your local post office can arrange for your mail to be redirected to your new address. When visiting the post office you should take identification as you may be required to prove your identity. It can take up to 10 days before your mail starts to be redirected.
6. Change Your Contact Details
Before moving day you should update your contact details so that your mail starts arriving at your new home. An easy way to remember whom to contact is to make a list as your mail arrives each day including subscriptions, memberships and bills like your mobile phone. Once you have completed your list you can easily update your details in a single session.
7. Bonds and Leases
If your name is on the lease you need to organise for your name to be removed from the lease before moving out. You will also need to ask for any remaining bond to be returned to you. If you encounter any problems your local legal aid office can offer you advice.
8. Finalise Your Bills
A few days before moving out you will need to finalise your bills with your household’s bookkeeper. This involves calculating the difference between the money you owe for unpaid expenses and the amount you have already paid to the bookkeeper for rent and expenses.
These 8 steps can let you lay the groundwork by helping you determine the tasks you need to complete so that you can create your own unique action plan. More importantly, while ticking off each box and preparing for moving day, you’ll see that the old saying “you reap what you sow” will be the key to your success.