Moving House: tips for a smooth move

Moving house is more than a one day event. There’s a lot going on and with so much to organise, the smallest twists can send your plans into a spin. Help make your move a smooth one with this list of pitfalls to avoid.
Power Up

If there’s one thing you don’t want to forget about during the moving process, it’s your utilities. There’s nothing worse than unlocking the door to your new place and flicking a light switch, only to find that your electricity hasn’t been connected.

At AGL, we offer a move-in guarantee. So with a few clicks or a phone call at least one business day before your move-in date (and safe access to the meter), we guarantee you’ll have power in your place on the day you move. If the power’s not on after the agreed day, we’ll cover your related expenses up to $250 per day until your power is on. And don’t forget to call your other utility suppliers too, so you have other essentials such as water!


Traffic troubles

Whether you take a day off work during the week to move home, or get it all done over a weekend, don’t forget about peak hour traffic. You’ll have lots of other things to think about on the day, so the last thing you want is to sit in traffic.

Try to get the bulk of your driving in between 10am and 4pm to ensure that you don’t wind up spending precious unpacking time stuck in a traffic jam. If you’re moving to a new neighbourhood, it can be a good idea to map out the route you will take between houses beforehand, so you can be sure to avoid busy roads and intersections when you’re on the go.

A clean slate

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to clean up your new home before you start moving all of your things in – especially true if you’re moving into a brand new place.

It pays to pop over to the new place a couple of days before and vacuum the floors and wipe down any surface areas. This means you won’t be inheriting any old dust or grime, and you can put your things away without having to worry about cleaning.

Pack a survival kit

Let’s face it – while we’d all like to believe that we’ll unpack everything on the same day as the move, it’s rarely a reality. In the event that it does take you a week or so to finally get around to unboxing, it’s always a good idea to make sure that you have a survival kit ready with the essentials to hold you over.

moving house packing tips

Pack a weekend bag with things like bathroom supplies, scissors, a screwdriver, toilet paper, a torch, snacks, phone charger, change of clothes and anything else that you might need over the first 24 hours – rather than rifling through boxes!

Don’t forget to download and print out our ‘changing your address’ checklist – it’ll help make sure you tell all of the right people and businesses about your big move.

And as the day gets closer, organise your energy online with AGL. You can get set up in a few clicks, track the progress of your connection online, and come back once you’ve settled in to review and choose the best energy plan for your needs – one less thing to worry about before moving day.

Make your move online now or if you have the time, review AGL’s energy deals in your state.