Helpful tips for moving
These hints will assist you in preparing for your move:
- Planning. If you are hiring equipment, expertise and labour use it where you have to. Take into consideration your physical capabilities and the amount of time you can spare. Good planning and preparation will save you money!
- Packing. Almost everyone underestimates the packing time required even for small loads. If packing yourself, start well before the moving date and check you have enough storage boxes, marking pens and sealing tape before commencing the task. You could also create an inventory list (spreadsheets work well for this) to record what goes into each box – number boxes to reference in your inventory list. This ensures you know which box to access for the items you need to unpack as a priority and saves writing all over the boxes.
- Items to empty. Wardrobes and desk drawers must be emptied. Chests of drawers need to have breakable, loose, and heavy items removed. Light clothing may remain. Never tape drawers shut. As a rule, furniture with doors must be emptied. Gas bottles and equipment such as lawnmowers must be empty before removalists will carry them.
- Pack in good boxes. Lots of small open boxes (that cannot be stacked) take a lot longer to move than goods packed in the right sizes boxes. On the other hand, using boxes so large that they become overweight can dramatically slow down the moving process. Using proper removal boxes will not only help ensure a safe no damage move, but it also speeds up your move.
- Reduce the number of items. Moving your small items yourself will reduce moving time. However, doing many trips in a car will end up costing you more than it would to have the removalists move it, especially if you loaded the small items while the removalists crew loads the larger items. The number of items can also be reduced by tying loose items such as brooms and mops in bundles. Leave drawers in dressers.
- Reduce the distance. Every trip to the truck takes time. If you have pre-packed your small items, try to have them near where the truck will park. Blocking entrances means a waste of time when the removalists arrive. Clear access ensures quick moving. Keeping small children and pets away during the move also helps.
- Dismantling. Dismantle beds, mirrors from dressers, and other furniture items (those which had to be assembled when purchased) before your crew arrives. Losing small items, especially keys, is common when moving and is very frustrating. Keep all screws and bolts in bags, and remember where you put them. Put the hose off the washing machine inside the machine.
- Fridges/Freezers. Do not defrost less than one week before moving. Water in the trays causes problems. On your moving day, near the end of loading, the crew will indicate when the fridge should be emptied. They will then load the fridge last, and unload it first. This minimises the time your goods are out of refrigeration.
- Very heavy items. Leave heavy items (such as pianos, pool tables, large safes, etc.) to the experts. When booking, let the removalists know about those items.
- Flat glass items. This includes plate glass, paintings, prints, table tops, and wall unit shelves. Simply leave them bare for the removalists to handle. Never pack plate glass or glass front paintings in boxes.
- Pot plants. Do not water them for a few days prior to the move.