You’ve finally found your dream home and graduated from the Renters’ Realm to the First Homebuyers Club…Congratulations! You’ve organised a qualified and experienced furniture removalist and you’ve got your insurance sorted, but before you crack open the champagne and start writing an invite list for the house warming, focus on preparing for the furniture removalists and getting your belongings safely transported to your new home. Prior to the removalists arriving, consider the following packing tips:
While it’s tempting to reduce, reuse and recycle by wrapping breakables and glassware in newspaper and Kmart catalogues, there’s a chance the ink will run. Although it can be easily removed, it adds to the already exhausting list of jobs associated with moving house. If you don’t want to risk it, head down to your local craft shop and buy a role of butcher’s paper, or call Interstate Removals and we’ll drop off some packing supplies to get you started.
Treat your packing boxes like you do your shopping cart: the heavier items go on the bottom to avoid placing too much weight on the more delicate items. Try also to avoid having too much vacant space when packing. Empty space creates an opportunity for boxes to collapse in on themselves if heavier furniture is placed on top.
If you’ve spent the last ten years creating an elaborate surround sound home entertainment setup, or your office is a jungle of cords and connections, it can be helpful to photograph the connections before dismantling them. This will save you a trial and error cable reconnection nightmare at your new home.
Where do all the cables, cords and connections go? In the Bits’n’Pieces Box, of course. Keep them together with other loose items like remote controls, screws, bolts, doorstops and other odds and ends from around the house. Label the packing box clearly with a list of contents for easy access and pop in an emergency role of toilet paper: the world’s most versatile product.
If you’re moving house on a budget there are options for minimising costs. Start early and dismantle all beds, shelving and fixtures before the furniture removalists arrive. The more you do in advance, the less work there is for the removalists. Also consider backloading for smaller loads. By using free space in another mover’s load you will reduce not only costs but also carbon emissions caused by furniture removalist trucks on the road.
If you’ve never hired a furniture removalist before, comparing quotes and services can be an overwhelming task. The good news is that Interstate Removals have more than 10 years experience and we’ll beat any written quote for furniture removal. The sooner you’re all set up in your new home, the sooner you can throw a house warming, so give us a call and let’s get your party started!