There are multiple things to do when you’re moving to a new house and it can seem a touch overwhelming at times, so we’ve gathered the top 10 moving house tips we’ve heard over the years from our North Harbour residents and shared below, to hopefully ease that stress a little for you.
- Set Up Your Internet Connection
North Harbour community has its own fibre-optic broadband network capable of speeds matching the fastest broadband in Australia* of up to 100Mb per second from a broad range of internet service providers. Each home has access to this highspeed broadband connection and you’ll need to have Opticomm connected and then choose a service provider before you move in. To find out more and get connected visit the Opticomm website here.
If you want a landline connection, or service such as Foxtel, it’s also a good idea to book to have these set up at the same time.
- Connect Your Power
Each home at North Harbour has access to reticulated gas, and you will need to ensure that this and your electricity is switched on before you move in. When your builder gives you a moving date, call your chosen energy provider, give them your personal details, address and preferred connection dates – and they do the rest.
- Have a plan for children and pets
Children like to run around a lot as do pets, and removalists rarely look below their knees when setting down heavy pieces of furniture. Together with the emotional stress of moving, this additional concern alone warrants a plan for your children and pets on moving day.
- Change your address
Notify the post office immediately of your new address and the date you’ll be there and then contact all the businesses and government bodies you deal with individually to make sure your mail is going to the correct place.
- Update Your Info with Friends and Family
- Un-packing box
One of the best moving house tips we’ve heard is to pack an “unpacking box”. This box ought to contain any special tools you might need like allen keys, labelled bags or containers with screws from furniture you dismantled in the move, scissors, screwdrivers, masking tape, dust cloths and glue.
- Organise house and contents insurance
Make sure that your current home insurance policies end the day after you’ve moved out and your next insurance policies start the day before you move. That way, you’re protected on moving day.
- Have spare keys cut
Do this as soon as you have the keys to your new house. Moving days are stressful and busy, so it’s very easy for keys to get lost or locked inside the house – especially as you won’t have an established ‘key check’ routine at your new residence yet. Have a set of keys cut for each member of the household, and have a few spare sets cut for family members and friends.
- Pack a first night box
Another great idea we’ve gleaned from all the tips on moving to a new house we’ve heard over the years is the “first night box”. The first night box should contain a change of clothes for each family member, basic toiletries, toilet roll, pyjamas, towels, bed linen and any other essentials you may require, such as tea bags or a coffee plunger and cleaning essentials. It’s like an overnight bag but with added extras.
- Get Your Moving Day Pizza Voucher from the North Harbour Sales & Information Centre!
As a welcome gift to our residents on moving day, we provide a pizza voucher for Divine Pizza & Pasta (located at the Burpengary Hub) to save you digging through boxes to find cutlery and plates! If you’ve moved in, but haven’t had your voucher, or if you’re about to move in, please pop into the Sales Centre to grab a v
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