Moving House: Major Facts, Stats and Fallacies

Posted on 11 January, 2018 in Moving Home

It's a fact that moving from one house or office to another is one of the most stressful things you'll ever do. There are boxes to pack and addresses to change. Movers to organise and weather to worry about. Cleaning, dumping, unpacking and a whole long list of things that get forgotten or go wrong at the drop of a hat. So, is it any wonder that only death and divorce are more stressful than relocating?

You can make dozens of checklists, plan every tiny detail and try to streamline the entire moving process. But, at the end of the day, you're still going to worry yourself sick. So, take a break, keep reading and learn some interesting facts about moving. 

Fact: Australians Don't Like Moving Around Anymore 

Australians used to be one of the more mobile nations, or simply, Australians moved often. But a recent study by Roy Morgan Research reveals this has changed in recent years. According to their findings, just over 40 percent of Australians over the age of 14 have lived in the same home for over 10 years. And, around 17 percent have had the same address for five to 10 years. 

Fact: People Forget Important Things

One of the most common things people forget to do before a move is to notify people of their change of address. Fortunately, the government has compiled a handy checklist to help you out. The Change My Address page also provides links to sites that allow you to update your address online. Take the time to sit down and create checklists of important things to do before your move so you won't forget them. 

Fact: You Can't Always Take Everything 

Moving plants is a process that takes planning, experience and special care. Plus the quarantine laws in Australia are some of the strictest in the world. Which means you might not be allowed to "import" those precious plants you love so much. In fact, you may even have to leave some furniture behind.

Fallacy: DIY is Not Always Cheaper 

Hiring a truck or trailer and moving yourself might seem like the budget-friendly option. However, you may be liable if one of your volunteers gets hurt, or breaks something valuable due to inexperience. You might need specialised services for your move, especially if you're moving interstate. In that case, a removalist offering comprehensive removal services will cost far less. In fact, one survey found that searching sites like the Australian Furniture Removers Association and choosing a removalist based on their reviews can save you even more money.

Fact: Moving is Usually Due to an Upgrade

Most moves in Australia happen for good reason, with one of the most common being due to a job change. The average Australian stays in the same job for less than 3.5 years, meaning people from Generation Z could have 15 addresses in their lifetimes. That's a lot of moving and a lot of stress. 

Fact: Generation Z Shouldn't Leave Home Too Early or Too Late

A University of Melbourne survey revealed that the best time to move out on your own is between the ages of 21 and 24. That's if you want to be wealthier than those who moved out before or after those ages, that is. And since the average median capital city house price will exceed $2 million by 2063, it's wise to start planning for retirement now. 

Australians have spent around 208 days of their lives searching for, moving into or settling down in new properties. That is such a waste of time when there are professional removalists out there to help. These experts have years of experience and can handle all the boring, frustrating and time-consuming logistics of moving for you. 

It's still going to be stressful, and you're probably going to need about a week of sleep to recover. But once it's over and you've unpacked all the boxes, you get to enjoy a fresh start in a new home. There's a reason they say a change is as good as a holiday, so make the best of it.

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