Moving Tips

General

  • Organise your move early, don’t leave everything to the last minute otherwise your removalist may not be available for your chosen time or something important may be forgotten;
  • Try and move everything in one vehicle rather than a smaller vehicle and a number of trips;
  • Advise removalists of heavy furniture and any stairs, obstacles or challenges at either end of the move;
  • All of those things that you have been meaning to get rid of? Do it before you move rather than wasting time and energy moving things you no longer use;
  • Keep an inventory of your things and if you are the super organised type tape a list to the outside of every box;
  • Clean the new premises before you go there on moving day – one less thing to worry about on that day;
  • Take pics of your TV and other connections so that you remember how they go when you need to reconnect them;
  • If you are renting take pics of the old home before you leave and the new before you move in to add to your condition report.

Packing

  • Ensure you mark the contents of each box on the top, as this will enable the simplest delivery, and unpacking, at your new address;
  • Mark boxes with the room that they need to go into;
  • Mark if a box is heavy to lift or if it contains fragile items;
  • Use clothes to help protect breakables;
  • Tape cords to large appliances like your refrigerator so they don’t get caught during the move;
  • Tape drawers closed and empty them before the move;
  • Use tape on items that won’t mark or damage the surface;
  • If you pack plates vertically like records (with padding) there is less chance that they will break;
  • Use sealable sandwich bags for small things like screws and accessories for furniture and appliances and label them;
  • Make that everything is packed before the movers arrive;
  • Use colour coding on the boxes so that you know where they belong at a glance.