Before you move, it’s a good idea to make a check-list to ensure nothing is forgotten and nothing gets damaged. Below is a bullet-list for preparation to avoid a last minute rush.
Medicines and personal grooming: Ensure that all container lids and bottle tops are secure. Use tape to seal the tops if necessary.
Flat-pack furniture: If possible, dismantle self-assembled furniture before the move, especially if it is made from chipboard. The joints will not handle the move well and can be easily broken or chipped. Cover with blankets or re-pack in original boxes for safe-keeping.
Foodstuffs in use: pack everyday items like sugar, salt and tea together for easy unpacking once in your new home. Only pack tinned foods and dried foods if your belongings are going into storage prior to moving into your new place. Opened packets and oils will attract rodents.
Bedding: Strip the beds, put bedding in boxes and cover expensive mattresses if possible. Removalists can provide blankets to keep your beloved possessions clean during the move.
Glassware and cutlery: Wash and dry all items ready to pack with your crockery and china. Use lots of paper to pack in and around individual items to avoid movement and breakages during transit.
Keys for furniture: Pack all furniture keys in a designated bag so they are easy to locate at your new home.
Drawers and cupboards: Remove belongings from cupboards and draws to lighten the load of heavy furniture. Heavy draws that can be removed can be transported separately.
Garden sheds: Unless they have to stay as part of a house sale, moveable sheds can be dismantled and re-erected at your new abode. Thoroughly clean all garden tools and dustbins so dirt and grime doesn’t get on your other belongings during the move.
Entertainment systems and electronics: If possible, these items will travel best in their original packing boxes. For those who move often, it’s worth storing the packing boxes of easily damaged and sensitive items. If you don’t have the original box, ask your dealer for a replacement box. Removalists can assist by modifying materials, or you can plan ahead with your own boxes and lots of cushioning materials.
Leads and cords: Disconnect all your leads and cords from the TV, stereo, computers etc. If you have a lot of leads it’s a good idea to label them so you don’t get confused when setting everything back up.
Fixtures: Detach and pack any fixed items you are taking with you. These may include towel rails, detachable clothes lines and speaker systems.
Valuables: This include jewellery, documents and money. It’s best to carry them with you personally for safe-keeping and peace of mind. Remember to keep aside anything you will need during the move, such as licenses, certificates or log books. You may like to keep these items aside in a separate box.
Finishing up: Make a final inspection of every room to ensure everything is done and nothing is left behind. Ensure all taps are turned off and the electricity is turned off at the mains. Lock all windows. Leave your forwarding address with anyone who may need to contact you. Lock all entry doors to the house. Remember to hand over all house keys to the agent, new owner or caretaker.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does give an idea of how much organisation goes into making your move a smooth transition. Following these guidelines will guarantee your belongings arrive in tip-top shape. Removalists can assist with any advice regarding your move, and also provide a range of packing materials and associated services.