1.) Get a quote from a professional removalist such as David Jones Removals and Storage. A professional removalist will take the time to discuss your needs in detail planning every aspect of your move from access requirements, truck parking, packaging material requirements, temporary storage if required, and delivery and unloading and reassembly and installation of key items into the appropriate rooms at your new home or business location.
2.) Consider using a move planner – such as the planner available on our site here – to ensure that nothing is forgotten and that every aspect of your move is considered and actioned at the appropriate time point, both pre-move and post-move.
3.) Make a list in advance of all the companies, government departments, utilities that will need to be informed of your change of address, and by when this will need to be done. Keep in mind that many items, such as change of vehicle rego and driving license, need to happen with a pre-defined time limit.
4.) What about your pets? If you have pets, you also need to have good plans in place to move your pets, and also to minimise the stress that the moving process can cause for pets as well as humans! Whilst local moves are easier to manage with pets, regional or interstate moves need more planning. Think about how your pet will be transported safely and securely, their food, water and medical needs. Perhaps also consider discussing the move with your vet, especially for your or older pets, and those with medical issues, to ensure that all eventualities and requirements can be adequately catered for and that your pets arrive at your new home safely and happily and with stress minimised.
5.) Prepare your packing and start your packing sooner than you think you need to – if packing yourself – and think about the items that you will need soonest at your new location to ensure that these can be separated, offloaded promptly and easily accessible to you. Ensure you have adequate boxes and packing materials!
6.) Take the opportunity to declutter your home. This is probably the best time to think about the items that you no longer require, that have been sitting in your shed, garage, the back of your cupboards or wardrobes and that have not been used for years. These can be recycled, given to charity shops, friends or family, potentially sold on one of the many online market places, or if the timing of your move coincides with a council clean up, disposed of as part of this service. If you really can’t bring yourself to dispose of items, why not use our secure storage service whilst you settle into your new home, and take the opportunity to think which items suit the style and size of your new home?
7.) Think about how adverse weather could affect your move and plan accordingly. Almost all moves with professional movers will go ahead rain or shine, and your removal team will also have tips, equipment and the relevant materials to ensure everything goes to plan whatever the weather, however you might want to think about umbrellas, and tarps and also mats and towels being available to minimise water and mess entering your old or new property on move day.
8.) Think about what’s in your fridge and freezer. Along with the opportunity to declutter, this could be the time to clean out your fridge and freezer and to eat the backlog of frozen items (where safe to do so of course) or dispose of these in advance. Try to minimise the items which will need to be cooled on freeze day, and have a good ice box and or cool box or bags available to ensure you can transport and temporarily keep cool the essentials at your new location until your fridge or freezer is powered up and has cooled down. Alternatively, if your move is short, you can work with your removal team to see what items can be left in the fridge of freezer, and have the fridge loaded last and unloaded first to minimise the chance of any of the refrigerated items spoiling, alternatively simply enter your fridge or freezer, and defrost, but keep in mind that in can take several hours or even a day or two for larger fridges and freezers to come back to the right temperature after move day.
9.) Check, check, and check again. It sounds obvious – and there will be an inventory of items – however ensure you know where all the essentials, valuables and frequently needed items are, and that anything that needs to stay at your old location has not been inadvertently packed. Take the time to have a good look in your shed, garage, cellar or attic space, and potentially in any under house storage spaces, under the deck, in or around the pool area and around the yard or garden area to ensure you have everything.
10.) Plan time for cleaning – both prior to your move (and remembering that a clean and fresh home helps to maximise your potential buyers interest and maximise the purchase or auction price) and after the removal has been completed. Whether you are planning to clean your house yourself or bring in a cleaning team, you need to plan adequate time for this, and also consider if how and if you may need to re-clean or spot clean after any end of rental inspection to ensure that you can get your bond back.