Furniture removals whether it be from an apartment, a house, or your parent’s basement, can be stressful and overwhelming. The moment you start packing you suddenly find you’ve got about twenty times the amount of stuff than you first realised, and the boxes you have seem a lot smaller than they did before. You pack one box, and then can’t remember one single thing that you just packed. Sometimes you just stand in the middle of the piles of clothes, books, furniture and all the other stuff you’ve got stacked around you, and wonder how it all got here. You find yourself questioning your very existence: What is the meaning of life? Who am I? Why did I keep that collection of dead gel-pens from 2001? Take comfort in knowing you are not the first, nor the last, person to go through the horror that moving can cause. To help you through the process and keep the stress levels to a bare minimum, here are ten tips from professional furniture removalists for a stress-free (or nearly stress-free) move.
Make a to do list for your move
No matter how much or how little you have to move, a list is a good place to start. A list with all the major steps of your move will help you to keep the big picture in mind so you can arrange all the little details to work around your plan. Your furniture removals list can also include the all the crucial dates, names, numbers, and other pertinent information as well, to make sure that you are organised. Do whatever you have to do to keep your list on-hand and make sure that everyone involved in your move has a copy. Laminate it. Stick it to the fridge. Hand out colour-coded copies. Hold family meetings where you recite the list out loud. Keeping yourself and everyone else on track is key. The list is your guide. Your removalists will be impressed at how organised you are.
Cancelling the utilities prior to moving
One of the first things on your list should be organising the cancellation of all the services that you will no longer be using. This could include, but is not limited to, phone and internet, electricity, water, heating, cleaning services, landlord or building manager, banking, you name it. Contact them early on to find out what their cancellation process is like, and then put that information on your calendar and on your master list. Some companies will allow you to ‘announce’ your intention to cancel their service well in advance: if this is possible, do it. That way, you have one less thing to think about when crunch time hits. You may also want to contact your post office and get a change of address set up. Doing all of this as early as possible frees up your time closer to moving day for more important things.
Make room for the furniture removalists & Clean Up
Before you even think about packing one single thing, give your place a serious tidy. Go through your closet, bookshelves, desk drawers, kitchen cabinets, and shoe rack thoroughly to clear out all the stuff you don’t want or need to take with you when you move. Make three categories: keep, toss, and give away. Be fair but tough with yourself: if you haven’t worn that jacket in this house, you certainly aren’t going to wear it in the next one. Donate your gently used items to a charity or shelter, and toss the stuff that’s bitten the dust. You do not want your furniture removalists having hazardous items in their way. At Quick Move we can pick up old furniture for you and take it to your nearest charity collection. What you’ll have left is a much more manageable amount of things that will need packing, and likely a lot more room to do all your packing in.
When it comes to packing materials, more is always better
Whether you’ve got a mountain of stuff or just a few items to move, get more packing supplies than you think you’ll need. With furniture removals it almost always seems to turn into a situation that what seems like too many empty boxes earlier now rapidly turns into not nearly enough boxes. Two rolls of tape might seem excessive at first, but within about an hour you’ll wonder where all that tape went. If you’re having more than one person pack at a time, get enough pairs of scissors and markers for everyone to have their own. In fact, even if you are the only one packing up, get a duplicates. That way, if you lose a pair of scissors or a magic marker while you’re working, you can keep going. The notion of more is more could not be more true for packing materials. You want a tonne of this stuff. No matter what it is: newspaper, butchers paper, straw, airbags, rose petals, whatever: get way more of it than you think you’ll need. Your future self will thank you.
Preparing for the packing stages
After you’ve got your packing materials, the next step is to determine where to start. While it might be tempting to pack for hours until your whole life is in a box so you can just be done with the horrible job, this is ultimately not a good idea. Instead, you’ll want to refer to your list to see how many days, weeks, or months you have till moving day, and work backwards to figure out which things you can live without and when you can live without them. If you are moving in the summer, you can probably pack your winter boots and woolly mittens right away. Your tooth brush, however, you’ll want to leave right till the very end. Packing in stages means you can still live in your home while still staying on top of the tasks you need to take care of.
A better way is to organise room by room
If its possible, try to pack things from one room together. Your clothes should go into boxes with other things from your closet; the contents of your kitchen cabinet should end up together, and the bits and pieces in your desk should also stick together as well. This way, when you go to unpack your boxes in your wonderful new place, you won’t have as much leg work to do getting settled in, because all the stuff for the bathroom, for example, will be together. It also reduces the chance of you losing something important in the hustle and bustle of moving. Of course, it’s unlikely that you’re going to get every single thing to go in a category appropriate box, but keeping like with like as much as possible will help things stay easy and help keep organised when moving in happens.
Best practices for furniture removals packing boxes
Packing is an art form. At Quick Move we are known as the most professional, reliable and cheap removalists Sydney. We are always available for a call if you need to know anything prior to your move. We have some really helpful tips as you will see as you read on. In regards to packing, sure, some things can just be tossed in a box, but most of your items will do better with a little more care. Folding or hanging clothes in a porta robe is a good way to make sure that every piece of your wardrobe isn’t a wrinkled mess when you arrive in your new digs, or the good old fashioned way leave all your clothes on their hangers, poke a whole in the bottom of a garbage bag and simply slide the garbage bag over your clothes and pop the hangers through the whole in the bag, then simply hang them in the truck and then straight back into your new wardrobe. If you’re packing books, don’t over pack a box: it will be wickedly heavy. Test your book boxes as you go to make sure you can lift them. Computer equipment and electronics also like a little TLC: securing cords with a twist-tie or a little piece of masking tape, and swaddling your pricey printer will also prevent damage to your stuff. Dishware is especially difficult, but not impossible to pack. Wrap each piece, from cups and saucers to plates and bowls, individually, and with more padding than you think they need. Then, place your plates and other dishes into their box vertically: don’t stack them horizontally. This is how professional furniture removalists pack crockery , and its how you should do it too. This method keeps them from breaking and chipping. Make sure to fill gaps between anything breakable. If they’re tucked in snugly, you and your stuff should arrive at your new destination in one piece. Feel free to contact us in regards to helpful tips on packing your moving boxes. Our removalists are always ready and willing to help.
Labeling everything that can be labeled
Once you’ve packed a box and taped it shut, you have one more job to do before you can move on to the next one: labeling. It might seem like an unnecessary waste of time, but it really, really isn’t. Making very clear, explicit labels on your boxes will help you and anyone especially removalists, giving you a hand, to know where things are going. List all the contents of each box as clearly as you can. Put your name on the box to make sure it doesn’t get lost or mixed up. An extra-helpful tip? Also write the name of the room each box is going to on the top. That way, if you are getting help from furniture removalists, or someone who either doesn’t know you or didn’t watch you pack for hours, they can figure out where things go right away without having to constantly ask. It also means that if you are unpacking alone, and you are completely exhausted after a day of moving, you’ll have a faster, easier time of just mindlessly putting boxes in rooms without having to open your boxes up or remember where you want things to be in your new space. Quick Move offers free hire of our furniture removals moving boxes.
The Move out & what to expect
Moving day has finally arrived! Whether you are getting friends to help you, have hired professional furniture removalists , or are doing all the dirty work yourself, there are a few things you’ll want to do to keep the day running smoothly. Firstly, make sure that everything you are moving is all in one place and ready to go well ahead of time, preferably as close to the point of entry and exit (also known as a door) as possible. You’ll cut down on the time it takes to move everything, and make it easier for your helpers to give you a hand and not hate you for making their lives miserable. In fact, do whatever you can think of to be super nice to these helpful folks: they are doing you a service, and no one likes to work with or for a jerk. For example, if it’s possible, have water or other beverages available for anyone helping you, and yourself, especially if you are moving in hot weather: furniture removals are hard work, and you don’t want anyone getting heat stroke or dehydration because of you. Double-and triple check that you’ve cleaned and cleared out your old place, and also that whoever is driving or transporting your stuff knows where they’re going and how to get there. In fact, having a quick chat with anyone who is helping you move, whether you are paying them or not, to go over details one last time, is a good idea. Also, pizza: if you are not paying your helpers because they are your friends and they are wonderful people, then you get to be wonderful back to them and give them pizza, or any other goodies they’ll really enjoy. Make sure you eat some pizza too: you’ve earned it! If you are thinking of doing the move yourself, i would recommend submitting a quick quote with us to see how good our prices are. There are plenty of nasty cheap removalists Sydney out there that will try and rip you off without thinking twice. Then check out our furniture removals reviews from our previous customers. You will definitely second guess doing it yourself and will not be disappointed that you chose Quick Move removalists to do your move. We are the number 1 cheap removalists Sydney, and are on hand 7 days a week to assist with any enquiries you may have.
The Move in and what you should do first
The first thing you might be tempted to do when you finally arrive at your new home is start unpacking all the fun stuff first. Resist this temptation. There will be plenty of time to spend hours agonising over where to put this chair or that rug. Instead, get the essentials sorted out first. Put toilet paper in the bathroom, water and snacks in the fridge, and, if possible, set up your computer and get connected to the internet. Everything else is extra. Then move your boxes into their respective rooms (this will be easy because you’ve labeled them according to where they go, remember?) However if you have hired Quick Move, this will already be done as our furniture removalists will place everything in your home wherever you would like it to go. There are plenty of other removalists out there that will just dump it all in your largest room and leave it at that. The next wave of unpacking should happen in your bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen. Those rooms are necessary for staying alive: unpacking your CD collection or hanging your fabulous art are not. You’ll likely want to sort out some kind of curtains for privacy in the rooms where it counts first (think bedroom and bathroom, if applicable). After all the essentials are taken care of, you can go to town unpacking all the fun stuff and organising your new life in your new home. Pat yourself on the back! You’ve just successfully completed a stress-free move! Hurray! I hope that Quick Moves professional furniture removalists top 10 tips has made your upcoming move a lot less stressful. You can find our removalists on google maps.