Moving can be a simple and quick process if you get it right. The following Moving Tips can help to make sure your whole move is smooth and successful.
Use your moving experience as a fresh start to life. Give to family and friends, have a garage or clear-out sale, indulge in selling online like Trade Me, or give your local charity shop support. Either way, it will Make Your Next Move Easy and you may make some money from it. The more you put in to help people the more help may come back when you need it.
Firstly, try thinking about the space in your new home, start to imagine the best way to arrange your furniture in it, making sure that you can fit it all in and have an idea where it will go.
Secondly, Make sure your fridge, dryer and washing machine can fit into their located spaces in your new place.
Thirdly, Will, it suits your family, if so, partner, friends or your lifestyle.
If you are sure in your mind these steps can work, this will make moving in much easier and can help you feel at home.
More Moving Tips to follow.
Moving Tips for garage items
Remove hooks from fishing rods.
Drain fuel and oil from lawnmowers and edges.
Dispose of all unsealed liquids.
Empty gas cylinder from your BBQ, or take it in the boot of your car. ( under the dangerous goods act, furniture removals are not insured to carry dangerous goods, like paint, LPG bottles, petrol drums or any explosive goods that may tamper with your furniture).
Clean BBQ surface and surrounds of grease.
Dismantle swing sets, play gyms, trampolines.
Wash out rubbish bins and wheelbarrows.
Drain hoses. (water can leak through the truck and tamper with furniture).
Remove pumps, water bottles, batteries etc from bicycles.
Clean and spray dog kennels, empty and clean fish tanks and bird cages.
Ensure all loose items are placed in bags or boxes.
Movers do not move the following items
Paints, fuels, fertilizers, acids, aerosol cans, corrosives or flammable liquids, LPG/ gas bottles.
Some glass that the Furniture Movers may think is not safe to carry in transit.
Moving Tips for Garden plants
Plants are one of the last items we don’t think about during the moving process. After all, we have a lot of other things to think about and plants often just get put to the truck at the last minute. Even if they survive the move the trauma of the process can kill them off later!
If you are fond of your plants it’s therefore wise to put some time and effort into making the moving process as quick and painless for them as possible. Plants may not be covered in our insurance policy, they are just too easy to damage. So, you need to take extra care of yourself. Firstly, you need to think about how you will transport your plants. Your best option is to get hold of some sturdy boxes – you should line these with plastic ready for your moving day.
Assess all the plants you want to transport a couple of weeks before you move. Prune them, feed them and administer any pest control treatments to get them into peak condition. Think about the pots therein – if you are worried about transporting stone pots, for example, report the plants into plastic ones. Also, take some time to check that all pots are whole and not cracked. A cracked pot stands more chance of breaking in transit and thus damaging the contents. Make sure that the pots aren’t too big for the actual plant – this can cause them to move about and damage themselves.
On your moving day or the day before, make sure that none of the plants is waterlogged and drains away any excess water. Gently place into the boxes you have set aside and put some packing in place to hold them firmly. Plants in large pots should be wrapped in plastic or plastic bags- If you do this be careful to make sure that the plastic is not tied together too tightly- they still need to breathe!
If you are moving garden plants, the best time to dig them up is on your moving day. This minimizes disruption. You should dig up the plant so that you have a ‘root ball’ at the base. Wrap this in plastic and make sure that the earth in it is not too dry. If you want to move larger climbing type plants it’s wise to tie supports to the stem to avoid them snapping in the moving process.
If you don’t want to empty your old garden of plants then you can always take cuttings with you instead.
You don’t need to replant your garden plants straightaway. You can just dig a quick hole in your new garden and put them in it. Cover their roots to protect them, give them quick water if suitable and then you can forget about them for a while until you are ready to plant them properly. Houseplants don’t have such urgent needs as they will still be in their pots but don’t forget about them either. Take them out of their boxes and any wrappings as soon as you can and leave them in a quiet corner while you get on the rest of your unpacking.
Try to move on a weekday, if possible. It will be less busy, so you will be able to get hold of the contacts you might need if there is a problem Moving Preparation – Tips on Packingsuch as utilities, companies or not connecting services etc.
Before your movers arrive try to make sure that all boxes and containers etc are stacked neatly in the room (ideally around the walls) and leave them room to manoeuvre. This will speed up the process.
Plan where the movers can park their truckload to unload remembering tree branches and items that may cause hassles to the truck.
Another thing to remember is steep driveways, depending on rain truck tyres can spin and need to be towed out of the driveway, so to avoid this problem we have a small fairy truck which can drive up and down the drive, (the further they have to walk the longer it will take).
OSH requirements. Furniture removalists are not allowed to take their shoes off while lifting furniture, if something heavy falls on their feet, shoes can be a help to protect them.
The movers will lay blankets down inside your house to protect your carpet.
Please advise the movers where you will like your furniture to be placed at the unloading. Have one of the movers do a last walk around your old house with you before you leave, for any forgotten items.
It is easier to clean your new home before you move in. If you cannot do it yourself think about hiring our professional cleaners to clean before your load arrives. Our cleaning service can go back to your old place to clean ready for the next tenant. You are more than welcome to check the back of the truck when the job is finished to see there is nothing remaining on board.
After the move
Give electrical items a chance to get back to room temperature before you plug them in.
Expect to feel a bit ‘blue’ a couple of days after the move. It happens all the time and doesn’t mean you hate your new home- just that the move and the thought of unpacking have taken their toll on you a bit.
Kick back and relax, enjoy the new beginnings of your new place.
Have a housewarming party or enjoy yourself with family and friends.