If you're in the market for a new home, you're probably aware of the stress that can come with moving. As Metricon has been in the home building industry for over 40 years, we know a thing or two about building and moving. These moving and packing tips will help you to be prepared and avoid moving day troubles.

Donate, sell and recycle what you don't need
Once you've decided that you're moving, it's time to start cleaning out your home. Rather than packing everything, find what you don't need and donate it to op shops, sell it on Gumtree or recycle it. Don't take everything with you to your new home – you'll only waste space trying to find a new spot for it to gather dust!

Create a couple of packing kits
If you don't create one of these packing kits, markers and tape will somehow disappear and reappear in the strangest places. In this kit, you can keep packing tape, bubble wrap, permanent markers, scissors, a Stanley knife and any other items that you'll need frequent access to.

Pack the non-essentials first
Every home has 'non-essential' items that can be packed before you've built or found your new place. Things such as artwork, out-of-season clothing, rarely-used kitchenware and more can be packed up ready to be loaded into the moving truck. That way, when it's time to start packing, half the work is already done.

Label your cardboard boxes clearly
Make sure that you label precisely what goes into every box. Take it a step further and add which room it will go to in your new home. Being able to place the boxes into the right room and not have to sort through them to find what you're looking for will be a lifesaver when you're setting up your new space.

Pack the essentials last – and keep them together
Of course, there's an exception to every rule, and you'll want one or two boxes that are not labelled by room. These are your 'essentials boxes' and will contain all of the things that you cannot risk misplacing during the move. You can fill this box with a change of clothing, toiletries (don't forget the toilet paper!), chargers, breakables and more. Keep these boxes with you – not with the movers.

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Find the right movers
Don't just pick a moving company at random. Ask around if any friends, family or colleagues know of any removalists that did a great job when they moved. If you don't get many responses, make sure you chat with multiple companies. After talking with two or three movers, you'll find one that you feel comfortable with.

Hire a babysitter or pet sitter
There's plenty of time for kids and pets to be excited about their new home – but right as you're arriving and unloading boxes isn't ideal. If you have children and pets, we recommend finding someone to care for them, especially as larger items such as furniture are being brought in.

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Notify utilities, internet providers and Australia Post of your moving date
Make sure that you have all your services set up and ready for the day you move it. Water, electricity and gas are all important, but let's be honest – who can live without access to the Internet?

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Following these hacks during the moving process will undoubtedly help it flow more smoothly. Coupled with Metricon taking care of plenty of the heavy-lifting when you purchase a design from us, moving into your new home and unpacking could be entirely stress-free!

Download our handy moving checklist so that you can mark jobs off as you go!