Moving tips

Moving can be stressful enough as it is, we would like to help you ease the load. Use our moving checklist to keep track of the process from start to finish. Should you require a professional packing service (complete or partial), contact Paul now for a free no obligation quotation or advice.

Owner Pack

Should you choose to carry out your own packing we can supply the following materials.

  • Boxes- we are able to supply a range of boxes at competitive prices.
  • Tape- is available for purchase, 3 rolls will probably be enough.
  • Paper- is available for purchase 1-2 bundles should be sufficient for the average 3 bedroom house.
  • Tissue, bubble wrap, wine boxes, flat packs, port-a-robe and mattress bags- are available for purchase, talk to Paul for these special requirements.
  • Delivery charge may apply

Packing and Preparation for moving

  • The last things you pack are the first things you are going to want to unpack. We recommend putting things like television remotes, bed legs and headboard bolts in a draw or specially marked box where these will be easily found.
  • A lot of people under estimate the time required to pack a household into boxes, the more fragile the items, the longer they take to pack.
  • Start packing all non essential breakables well in advance of moving day. If it looks like you are not going to meet the deadline to have everything packed in time, enlist the help of friends and family or ring Paul to see how Affordable Carriers can help.
  • Pack heavy items into small boxes and try and have the boxes flat on the tops, open cartons with things sticking out of the tops of boxes can be problematic, sometimes this cannot be avoided but best kept to a minimum.
  • Use pillows and cushions and linen to pack breakables into boxes.
  • Pictures that are too large to fit into a made up box can be slid into a flattened box, with the edges taped to form a protective cover for the front and back.
  • Garden sheds often get overlooked in the packing process. Check the bottoms of boxes that have been stored in sheds and garages for dampness, garden tools are best taped together in bundles of 4-6 items.
  • It’s a perfect time to check the best before dates on fridge and freezer contents.
  • Full sized chest freezers can be too heavy to lift when fully laden, it is best to remove the contents and put it in boxes or strong clean sacks and then replace the contents back into the freezer until moving day. On the day if the movers find it to heavy to lift they can empty it, put it on the truck and refill it again, visa versa at the delivery address.
  • Clearly label boxes with contents and the room at the new house in which you would like them placed.
  • Label boxes that are light and potentially squashable as “TOP STOW”
  • Label fragile boxes with “FRAGILE”
  • Label boxes that need to be kept the same way up as “THIS WAY UP”
  • Do you need to make special arrangements for pets?
  • Empty deep fryers.
  • Clean out bbq drip tray.

Things to keep accessible until moving day

  • Medication and first aid kit.
  • Brooms, mops and cleaning liquids, vacuum cleaner, dish clothes, tea towels and detergent.
  • Tools that will be required to dismantle beds, headboards, two piece wall units, washing machine, wall mounted dryers, swing and slide sets, trampolines and outdoor furniture. Does your washing machine have stability bolts that need to be installed before moving?
  • Electric jug, toaster, frying pan and anything else that will be required to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner on removal day.
  • Toothbrush, face cloth, towel, soap, shampoo, etc.
  • Marker pens, boxes and tape for the last minute bits and pieces.

The day before moving day

  • Make sure you have enough boxes or clean sacks to pack your bedding and breakfast food and dishes, etc.
  • Make sure all necessary medications are accessible.
  • Have a chilly bin or sturdy box available for the fridge and freezer contents.
  • Fridge drip tray will probably need to be drained on the removal day; a dishcloth or old tea towel would be useful.
  • Have you got liquid refreshments for after the removal?
  • Install washing machine bolts.
  • Take a photo of how your electronics are connected, so you can remember how and where all the wires go.

Moving Day

  • Have breakfast and pack breakfast dishes, etc.
  • Pack bedding into boxes and clean sacks.
  • Remove bed legs and headboards, (our movers are happy to do this if you are not able to). Put legs somewhere safe.
  • Empty fridge and freezer contents when the removalists are about half to three quarters of the way through loading the truck.
  • Leave a forwarding address with new owners or tenants.
  • Make sure that everything required has been taken and ensure that no goods or fixtures are removed in error.
  • Leave manuals for the oven, dishwasher, heat pump, alarms and remotes for the garage doors and air conditioning.
  • Make sure you have a spare roll of toilet paper; there might not be any at the new house.
  • Don’t forget your landline phone.
  • Surrender keys to the new residents or land agent.