Our TOP TEN moving tips to get you started.
- 1. Be organised
a. Plan well ahead of time, book your removalist early to ensure you have the dates you want booked in.
- 2. Pets and Children
a. Organise to have your pets looked after by friends or give them a holiday in a lovely dog kennel for a few days.
Pets find moving very stressful just like we do so it is better for most pets to have a little vacation during this process.
b. Children are wonderful little helpers however on removal day there is a lot of activity. For safety reasons it is best for young children to have a play date with family or friends to eliminate any chance of injury. This allows you to concentrate on moving home.
- 3. Sorting before moving
a. If time allows have a thorough attempt at de-cluttering. Over time we all end up collecting things that we no longer want or need. By de-cluttering this will save you money as it will reduce the amount of boxes that you require packing and will reduce the amount of goods to be relocated.
- 4. Dismantling of items
a. Check with your removalist as to what they will dismantle and what they won’t. Some include beds and some don’t so make sure you understand what is expected of you by your removalist.
b. Swing sets and Trampolines are generally the responsibility of the owner to have these dismantled and ready for your removalist. Make sure you have a zip lock bag ready for all your nuts and bolts so they don’t get lost.
- 5. Packing
a. If you are having a removalist do your packing just ask them for guidelines as to what you need to do.
b. If you are doing your own packing please ensure that everything that can fit into a box is carefully packed into boxes. If you don’t pack items into boxes the removalist may refuse to take them or alternatively you could end up with alot of damage of your unprotected items.
c. Use removalist cartons if your budget allows. The uniformity of cartons allows your removalist to carefully and strategically load the truck more easily.
d. Try not to use small boxes (like shoe boxes) as these are flimsy and cannot stack easily in the truck.
e. Colour code your stereo/tv cables when you disconnect them to make reconnecting them easier for you at your new home. Removalists are unable to disconnect and set up home entertainment systems.
f. Clearly label each box as to which room it will be going into at your new home. This will ensure that the boxes are placed into the correct rooms for you.
- 6. Care of Plants
a. Ensure your pot plants have not been watered for at least 3 days prior to your removal day. Water logged pot plants are extremely heavy to move and water will come out of the pots and may damage your goods when in the truck.
- 7. Access
a. If living in an apartment ensure that the lift is booked with the building manager as they will need to pad the lift. This is vital to your removal as a removal may not take place if the lift has not been booked.
b. If you live in a townhouse and the removal truck is going to block your neighbours access, please let them know in advance so that they can have their cars out of the way and they are not inconvenienced.
- 8. On Removal Day
a. Be up and out of bed before the removalist arrives.
b. Have your fridge empty and your food in esky’s.
c. Make sure your beds are stripped and bedding either in boxes or in your car.
d. Put all your clothes, toiletries and other essential items in your car so that the removalist doesn’t pack them by mistake.
- 9. House and Carpet Cleaning
a. Enjoy your new home by not having to go back and clean the old one. Some removal companies can offer you this as part of their ancillary services.
- 10. Delivery at your new home
a. Have a plan of your new home on paper if possible and label the rooms and the furniture to go into each room. This allows your removalist to have an idea of where things are to go without having to constantly ask you. This will ensure a smooth transition into your new home.