Prepare For Packing: Key Tips for Moving House
So you’re moving house? You’re staring at hours of logistical planning, not to mention the backbreaking physical
labour of actually packing up your belongings. It’s a daunting task, even if you’ve moved to a new house a hundred
times before. Take a deep breath and don’t worry! Moving doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, provided you
think ahead and plan successfully. We’ve put together a list of helpful hints, so that you can rest easy, knowing
all your belongings are heading with you to their brand new lives in their brand new home.
STEP ONE: Deciding What to Take
Maybe you’ve lived in one house your entire life, maybe you move once a year. You might be downsizing or moving to
your dream location. Whatever the case, the odds are your current house is filled with belongings. Life collects clutter,
that’s what it’s all about. Only now, you have a ton of stuff to move.
Before you go about figuring out how to move all your belongings from point A to point B, you first need to decide what to take.
Moving house is the perfect opportunity to scale back on the things we own. We all collect vast amounts of things throughout our
day to day lives, much of which we don’t actually need. Start your packing process by going through the things you own and asking
yourself, do I really need this?
A useful approach is, if you haven’t used it much in the last year, does it need to go with you? Be merciless, clear out the
clutter and create space in your new home for new items of worth.
STEP TWO: Getting Rid of the Excess
Once you’ve decided what you’re comfortable parting with, you need to decide what to do with it. Any rubbish that has
accumulated (and there’s usually a lot as you empty a house) might need a skip bin or something similar.
It’s also a great idea to donate unwanted, pre-used items to a local charity shop. Clothes, books and random bric-a-brac
are always appreciated provided they are still of good, usable quality. Alternatively hold a garage sale and sell anything
you don’t need to friends and neighbors.
STEP THREE: Starting To Pack
Once you’re left with the items you’re going to be taking with you, you need to get them packed up for ease of transport.
The most important thing you need to do is get yourself some sturdy cardboard packing boxes. These are sold by most removal services,
including 1800 Interstate Removalists. You will also need sturdy packing tape to ensure that the boxes don’t give way when filled with heavy items.
While packing, think about the layout of your new home. Organise your belongings based on the room you will house them in
when you’re unpacking later. Once the box has been filled, clearly label it with the name of the room and the type of contents within.
That way, when you get to your new place, you know which boxes to place in which room to speed up the unpacking process.
Make sure you use adequate padding when filling boxes with delicate items to ensure they do not break. Also, be careful not to
overload your boxes as it can make transporting and carrying them difficult. It also increases the risk of the boxes falling
apart and your belongings getting damaged.
STEP FOUR: Finding a Removal Service
Now you need to transport your belongings to your new home. Of course, you could move them yourselves with a car, but this can prove a difficult,
physically demanding and time-consuming task, especially if you also have furniture you want to transport too.
Hiring a removal company like 1800 Interstate Removalists ensures that your belongings will be safely transported quickly,
professionally and with a reduced risk of damage. Highly trained professionals will move your belongings with ease, and are extremely
useful especially if moving a long distance. They’re also easy to find on the internet, and easy to communicate with throughout the process.
Pricing varies depending on the length of the journey, and the number and size of the items being transported. So, start by getting a
quote and then booking the day for the removalists to collect your furniture and goods. With a small move, these items can then be
delivered on the same day, for longer journeys it can take between two-to-ten days so make sure you have properly planned out your
moving schedule to ensure you are not left in an empty house for too long.
STEP FIVE: Getting Insurance
We strongly suggest, especially when moving between states or long distances, that you think about getting insurance.
1800 Interstate Removalists highly recommends Carts Insurance for individual Item Insurance on long-distance moves. This gives you
peace of mind as damaged goods are one less thing to worry about in the midst of moving.
STEP SIX: Sorting Out Your Old House
Remember to shut off all utilities at the house you’re leaving before you go. Broadband, Water, Electricity providers all need
notifying about the move. Plan this strategically, as there can sometimes be a delay in providing services like Broadband to new
houses because the providers require access. Arrange well in advance to avoid being left without power.
It is also customary to make sure you are leaving the house in good condition, so consider getting the place cleaned, especially
in rented properties. It may be tempting to clean the house yourself, but remember that professional cleaners know how to get the
house ready and guarantee their work, meaning that even if the landlord deems the cleaning unsatisfactory, they will return to
finish the job and you don’t have to.
STEP SEVEN: Start Your New Life in Your New Home
Safe in the knowledge that your goods and furniture have been safely delivered, now is time to start finding new homes for all your
belongings in a brand new home.
Get organized and clear out the clutter you currently have before packing all your belongings.