Moving to a new place can be exciting, but it can easily feel overwhelming if you don’t plan ahead. From big furniture pieces to small knick-knacks, your belongings can easily pile up and become a source of stress.
To help you avoid common moving mistakes, here are some tips and tricks that will help you save time and energy from one of the top removalists Brisbane has to offer:
Tip 1: Do Inventory
Nothing is more stressful than wondering if you were able to pack everything on the day of the move. To avoid confusion, take inventory of every single item you own before you even start packing.
Aside from writing down an actual list, it’s a good idea to take pictures of your belongings so you can take stock of what you actually own.
This way, you’ll be able to account for every single item in your household, making it easier to ensure that nothing gets left behind.
Tip 2: Measure Entryways
Too many first time movers make the mistake of packing up furniture first and sorting boxes before even measuring their doors and hallways. This is one of the first things you should do so you have an idea of how big these spaces are.
There are two main reasons why you should measure your entryway: firstly, you want to make sure that you can actually take out the boxes and furniture pieces through your door and hallway; secondly, you can save time by only disassembling furniture that won’t fit in the doorway.
Not all furniture has to be taken apart – if you know the dimensions of your doors and hallways, you can easily determine which furniture you need to assemble, and which ones you can simply carry out.
Tip 3: Prepare Moving Supplies
This tip coincides with tip number one. It’s a good idea to take inventory early on so you have an idea of what supplies you should be preparing for the move. For minor items such as clothing and personal belongings, you can usually get away with using big travel bags to haul your items.
For furniture pieces and glassware, you would have to buy boxes, bubble wrap, and other supplies to protect your belongings and make the move easier. Knowing what you own will ultimately help you decide what kind of supplies you need for when you move.
Tip 4: Sell What You Can
A new home is an opportunity to start over. If you have decor that you’re not keen on taking with you, now is a great time to sell it to your neighbours. Selling items is a great way to minimize the amount of work you have to do during the move by letting go of items that will no longer be used in your new home.
Tip 5: Prepare A Supply Kit Good For 3 Days
Unpacking can be just as exhausting as moving. For the first three days, you’ll be too preoccupied with organising your new home. And even then, you might not have the time or energy to sift through all your boxes to find just one item.
Instead, pack three days’ worth of items into an accessible bag. This includes some food, clothing, toiletries, and other daily necessities. This will allow you to continue your routine, even without having to unpack all your boxes and bags.
Doing It Yourself VS Hiring A Mover
Do It Yourself
- Practically free, you only have to pay for your petrol
- You have to do all the work yourself
- As non-professionals, you may be disorganised and subject to stress
Hiring A Mover
- Has up-front costs but provides complete support from moving to clean up
- Ideal for movers with mobility or strength issues
- Job is quick, easy, and seamless
Tips For Working With Professional Movers
If you’ve decided to work with movers, there are little things you can do to make your move more efficient. Here’s how you can prepare before the movers get to your home:
- Tell them where to park: If you live in a gated community or a unit, let them know in advance if your building doesn’t allow on-site parking to non-residents. Consider giving them nearby parking options.
- Book in advance: Movers tend to charge an extra fee if you book too close to the move-out day. To get the best value out of your money, start canvassing at least three weeks before your move. This gives you the time to select the best moving company, as well as the best date for your move.
- Clarify their duties: Avoid having to pay extra fees by clarifying what the movers are supposed to do. If you’re planning to pack all of the boxes yourself, make sure they are prepared before the movers get there.
Moving Made Easy
At Giffen Furniture Removals, we make moving from one place to another completely stress-free. Our experienced team of local movers and expert navigators will protect your belongings as our own. Visit our website or call for a free quote today.