Top Packing Tips to Ensure a Smooth Move

August 22, 2017
Kathryn Coleman

Moving can be stressful but we have some tips to help to ensure things go smoothly.

Budget the cost of moving

A few years ago when my sister was a young single person renting with her mates she moved house 11 times in less than 3yrs.  It cost her a packet of money every time she moved!  She was well aware of the cost of moving by the end of it.  You need to consider removalist fees, storage shed rental, connection and bonds for utilities   Remember the smaller costs too, like mail redirection, restocking pantry items etc

Professional Removalist or DIY

What type of contents, valuable and furniture do you own.  Do you trust your mates to give you a hand to move the expensive flat screen TV or the fishtank.  Does the new property and the one you are leaving offer easy access?  We have a house with a steep driveway.  On moving day my removalist carried my queen size mattress on his back up the driveway by himself.  He was worth every penny that I paid for that service and I would hire them again in a heartbeat.

Removalists work on an hourly rate so if you are going to pay someone it helps to have as much packed in boxes and things like beds already dismantled. Ask too about the availability of free storage boxes to save on costs.

Importantly, check the firm is insured in case anything is damaged in transit.

Have some time off work

No one feels like unpacking boxes when you get home from a long day at work.  Request some time off, make some arrangements for the kids so they are out of your hair and get stuck in to the packing/unpacking.  Such a great feeling when it is sorted.

Downsize the clutter

Moving is a great opportunity to purge items we no longer use, need or want – it can also cut down removal costs.  Ask yourself – Do I love it? Do I use it? Do I need it?  If the answer is no to these questions then decide if you need to Sell, Donate or Dump.  Facebook and internet sites like Gumtree offer a great way to offload items great and small, pick up some extra cash with little or no outlay or time wasted.

Pack smart

Use existing items like linen and newspaper to protect valuables.  Avoid the temptation to overfill boxes making them too heavy for even the professionals to lift.  Heavy items at the bottom of the box. 

Clearly Label

Nothing worse than arriving at the new property and you can’t find the corkscrew.  Not such an issue these days with screw cap bottles but it is important to label your boxes clearly.  Number them and keep a list.  That way if anything goes missing you can contact the removalist and make a claim.   Boxes containing breakable items should be marked ‘fragile’.

Get in early

If you have access to the new house before moving day you may want to take some fragile or smaller items in yourself.  Your broker will be there to support you all the way up to moving day and once your loan has settled.  You can be assured the finance will go to plan!

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