Moving Day Advice
Moving home can often be a stressful time, even if you are experienced at moving. Getting organised can help make things run much more smoothly, so we hope these quick tips from our New Zealand truck hire experts will help you with the move on the big day.
- It’s easier to clean your new home before you move in. If you don’t have time, consider hiring a cleaning company to do it for you.
- If possible, try to move on a weekday. The roads should be less busy and you’ll be able to get hold of utility and service companies etc if there are any problems.
- Moving is exhausting and often requires periods of waiting around, so keep everyone’s energy levels up by taking regular short breaks and providing plenty of refreshments. Keep a few energy drinks on hand to give you a boost.
- Keep children occupied by moving a few items into their rooms first and have them unpack some of their boxes. Alternatively, give them jobs to do such as helping put boxes in the right rooms etc.
After The Move
- Call your friends and family to let them know you’ve moved safely.
- Give electrical items a chance to settle and get to room temperature before you operate them.
- Check for any damage as soon as you can as some insurance policies have a specific time period for making a claim.
- It’s normal to feel a bit down for a few days after the move due to all the hard work and excitement, and children might feel a bit unsettled for a few days.
- If you feel up to it, throw a housewarming party and invite your new neighbours as well as your friends and family.
- If you’ve relocated to a new area, check out our advice on relocating in New Zealand.
If you’re moving house, make sure you don’t overlook some of the important tasks in the excitement of your move. This simple checklist from our New Zealand truck rental specialists should help.
- Reserve your rental vehicles: book your truck rental as far in advance as possible to ensure availability. If you have a large family, also consider hiring a minibus or minivan to transport you to your new home instead of making several trips.
- Book accommodation: if you’re staying overnight along the way, reserve your accommodation well in advance.
- Change your address: send change-of-address cards the week before you move.
- Notify service and utility companies: inform your current suppliers such as newspaper delivery, doctor, dentist, vet, phone, TV, rates, water and power to discontinue services. Find out whether there is a cancellation fee and give plenty of notice to avoid paying extra.
- Find new suppliers: compare local suppliers for your new home and sign up. Consider combining phone and TV suppliers etc to make savings. Find a new dentist and vet if you’re relocating to a new area.
- Cancel membership fees: some organizations offer partial refunds so ask about their policies and make sure you give plenty of notice to avoid extra charges.
- Prepare your new home: contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc. and arrange any repairs or refurbishment so your home is ready when you arrive. Remember to change the locks on all the doors in your new home.
- Measure for access: measure doorways, hallways, elevators and stairwells in your new home to make sure you have enough clearance.
- Gather important records: collect important family documents such as medical, dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents etc and keep them safe.
- Return library books and films: make sure all library books, DVDs and games are returned to the library and your local video store.
- Register with a new doctor: avoid paying casual patient fees by registering with a new doctor and transfer any existing repeat prescriptions. It can take a while for your records to be transferred to your new doctor, so ask your old doctor for a list of any medications you’ll need and get an extra month’s supply of any important mediation.
New Zealand Truck Hire
If you’re moving home in New Zealand, we have a range of truck hire options to cater for small apartment moves right up to large family homes, so take a look at our great range of truck hire vehicles or get some friendly advice from the experienced USAVE rental trucks team.
New Zealand truck hire moving day advice from USAVE to help you plan a smooth move.
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