The ultimate stress-free guide to moving house

Moving house is one of the most exciting experiences. From exploring your brand-new neighbourhood to redecorating your new, beautiful home – the possibilities are endless!

But outside of the moving joys, we know the process can be a little overwhelming, even slightly unpleasant at times. Luckily, with 25 years of experience moving our gas customers in WA, we’re here to share the ultimate stress-free guide to moving house.

Where did all the time go?

Don’t let time get the better of you! Avoid feeling pressed by the limited time we have in a day by getting onto it today.

Simply go through our moving checklist and start planning exactly what needs actioning and when – and our biggest tip is to stick to your deadlines.

Our moving checklist recommends a 6-week moving timeframe, but we understand time may or may not be in your control. Do the best you can with the time you have, and if you happen to have more of it, take the time to properly prep so the move doesn’t seem as daunting.

Be brave and ask for help

Sometimes the task at hand can be so difficult you just don’t know where to start. If this is your first move, perhaps you may want to check out this REIWA article to get the basics down pat.

If you’re still feeling a little overwhelmed by the tasks, that’s when you may need to ask a family member or friend for help. Most of us have been through at least one move in our lifetime and understand the pressure of how hard it can be.

Even if your friends can only spare a couple of hours moving boxes around or helping deconstruct furniture, it’ll give you peace of mind so you can focus on larger tasks.
And best of all, you get to spend some quality time with your loved ones!

Destress 101

The overwhelming nature of moving can often feel an impossible task but there are steps you can take that are proven to help you destress. Give these stress relieving tricks a go:

  • Exercise is one of the best stress relievers out there. We know you can’t stop everything just to go to the gym, so why not take a 10 minute minibreak and go for a walk around your new place. It’ll clear your head and you’ll get to explore your new neighbourhood.
  • Try your Spotify playlist and sing along to your favourite tunes. This is a guaranteed mood booster so you can boogie your stress away. There’s nothing a bit of music can’t fix
  • Wake up early, get to bed earlier and get quality sleep before the move. Not only will you feel energised and accomplish more tasks in the day, you’ll find you have more strength and resilience to push through the moving process.
  • And to truly calm your mind, there’s nothing quite like giving yourself time to clean, purge and declutter. This spring-cleaning process will make a world of difference for your stress levels and it’ll save you time and money when moving.

Book that removalist!

Don’t start the moving process thinking that your chosen removalist is just going to be available. Book them before it’s too late! And always do your research to decide which company is best for you and your needs. We’ve put together some advice on how to pick your removalist.

Most people move house over the weekend, public holidays and school term breaks. So, if you have left it to the last minute, you may need to be flexible if you want your preferred removalist!

Plan B, and C, and D…

No matter how organised you are, there are bound to be things that still stray from your original plan. Just go with the flow and don’t let unplanned events get you down, or they can really hinder the process of moving. Instead, stay flexible and allow yourself lots of wiggle room to deal with the chaos that may arise.

Why not list some options should anything fall out of place? Plan alternatives. For example, on the off-chance companies cancel, choose back-up removalists or have friends at the ready. Maybe the move is taking a little longer than you had planned and you can’t pick up the kids from day care. It may be worth asking a friend or a babysitter to take care of the kids and any pets during the move so they don’t add any extra stress.

Treat yourself

And lastly, during stressful times like this, try not to neglect your own needs and health! Get plenty of sleep, eat food that makes you feel good and plan some down time to rejuvenate.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with ordering Uber Eats every night during the move too if it makes your life a little easier. It’s a great option if you’ve already packed up all your kitchen appliances.

To help you when you move, we’re putting some of the best moving tips we’ve learnt over the past 25 years on our website.

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