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10 tips to make moving a breeze

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10 tips to make moving a breeze
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Let’s face it. Your new home is super exciting, but the moving part is not. Here are ten little tips to help make moving easy as.

1. Downsize and donate.

graphic of items to donateWe know goodbyes aren’t easy, but chances are you have stuff that you’re not going to use at your new home. Show some love to your local op shop and donate.

2. Pack some easy-to-grab essentials.

Graphic of a towel and toothbrushThe last thing you want in the morning after your move is complete is to find your toothbrush missing and clothes in a box you’re too tired to locate. Packing a bag with essentials, a pair of clothes, and your favourite snacks is something you won’t regret.

3. Get your utilities connected.

Graphic of Gas, Electricity and WaterHaving your power connected before the move is handy, especially if you’re moving stuff at night. Powershop often do same day connections, but we recommend you give us two business days’ notice to make sure everything goes smoothly. Got any questions? Give us a call on 1800 462 668 between 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm AEDT.

4. Become a Labelling Wizard

Graphic of moving boxes with Kitchen and Bathroom labelsColour coding is great, but you can make things even simpler by labelling your boxes according to the room they’re supposed to go in.

5. Trade a meal for some muscle.

Graphic of pizza and bowl of Japanese curryGet your mates to give you a hand. A few beers and a couple of pizzas should be enough if they’re really your mates.

6. Find a good removalist.

Graphic of five star moving vanIf you have heaps to move, it’s likely that your friends will not be enough – so booking a good removalist makes sense. Make sure they’ve got insurance and read their terms and conditions. Booking an AFRA accredited removalist will help in case things go wrong.

7. Start selling some stuff!

Graphic of furniture with price tagsMoving can leave your wallet lighter, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Whether it’s a large sofa or a television you hardly ever use, selling items that you won’t need at your new place is a good way to get some extra cash. Organising a garage sale and posting on Gumtree and Facebook groups are your best bets.

8. Be careful with your plants.

Graphic of lush potted plantsHaving your lovely indoor plants at your new home can evoke a feeling of warm familiarity, but moving exposes them to the risk of getting hurt. Try moving them on your own and in a temperature controlled environment (like your car) to keep them happy.

9. Take a snap of your electronic cables.

Graphic of a desk and computer with cablesConnecting your devices to the right cables can be quite a struggle. You can easily fix that by taking photos of your devices and how the cables are connected to them before the move.

10. Make sure your mains are turned off.

Graphic of person turning off mains switchCheck with your real estate agent or go to your new place to check that your mains are turned off before getting power connected. For safety reasons, your distributor will not be able to do their job if the mains switch is turned on, and you could be charged extra if you forget.

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17 comments on "10 tips to make moving a breeze"
  1. Alex Thomas, September 3, 2019:

    Awesome, but how do I give actual notice on my account?

    • Powershop, September 10, 2019:

      Hey Alex just give us a call on 1800 462 668 between 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. Let us know when you’re moving out and what day you’re planning to move into your new place and we’ll sort the rest for you! Thanks, Monica

  2. Clarkey, December 9, 2019:

    No need to waste paper wrapping stuff, that’s what your clean clothes are for. Balled socks are great for glassware, tshirts go over plates beautifully etc. Also means fewer boxes. Fill those box corners with undies!

  3. Narelle Klopp, January 31, 2020:

    Do you still work on Saturdays? I work shift work and it’s hard to call Monday-Friday between the above times. Saturday would be a great option…

    • Powershop, February 5, 2020:

      Hey Narelle, we sure do work Saturdays. So from one shift worker to another, you can give us a bell 9am till 1pm AEDT on a Saturday. Cheers, Mon.

  4. Peter Grant, February 1, 2020:

    Howdy. Both my gas and electricity accounts are paid already through to July. If I move, am I able to take any credits to the new address?

    • Powershop, February 5, 2020:

      Hey Peter, If you add any properties to your existing account any existing credits will be applied to the new property as well. If you’re moving interstate best to give us a call and we can talk it through. Cheers, Mon.

  5. Monica, October 6, 2020:

    Hello! We’re moving in to an apartment and I’m not sure how we turn off the power at the mains. Any tips on moving into an apartment?

    • rosemary.wannan, August 19, 2021:

      Hi Monica,
      You may or may not have access to switch off the mains in an apartment.
      We can help you with this, give us a call on 1800 462 668.

  6. Keaton, November 23, 2020:

    great but can you confirm that if i buy future power with you, if i move, will that money go to my new address? I’m scared to buy future months because i might move soon.

    • rosemary.wannan, March 16, 2022:

      Hi Keaton, Don’t worry! If you add any properties to your existing account, any existing credits or Powerpacks will be applied to the new properties as well.

  7. Kay Gerndee, January 12, 2021:

    We are going to move to new place and absolutely we take powershop with us but our agent have asked to leave power on for 3 days after we leave . Can we do that

    • rosemary.wannan, August 19, 2021:

      Hi Kay,
      Give us a call on 1800 462 668 so we can help you with this.

  8. chris, August 18, 2021:

    i am moving services to new house. I would like to also keep power on at old house for 2 weeks so pool equipment and heater can keep running for new owner.
    is this possible to have my power on at both premises for a short while?

    • rosemary.wannan, August 19, 2021:

      Hey Chris, give us a call on 1800 462 668 so we can help you out with this.

  9. Elyse Greenfield, March 15, 2022:

    Hi – I’m moving into a property with gas (in NSW). Can I still use Powershop for electricity and another company for gas?

    • rosemary.wannan, March 16, 2022:

      Hi Elyse, there’s no problem having your electricity with Powershop and gas with another supplier. But, Powershop actually offers gas in some areas of NSW too, so it’s worth checking to see if you can add both. Give us a call if you’re unsure or if you would like any help – 1800 462 668.

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