10 top tips when preparing for a house move!
Posted on: 28/07/2016
There are a few good practises that help you ensure that your belongings are packed well and made safe for transit. Whether your move is just down the road or across the country, these practises are the best way to avoid things going wrong with your move.
If you choose the right company for your move, your movers should be able to spot and correct these potential problems before your goods are handled.
- Try to use strong boxes for your goods. Low quality, thin or old weakened boxes will fail at keeping things safe.
- Take the time to protect fragile items with wrapping paper and/or bubblewrap to avoid contact damage.
- Try not to load your boxes too heavy. If a box is a struggle for you to lift then a mover may also struggle here. If it can be managed by a mover this still does not make it very safe to handle. You want to aim for a maximum of about 25 kgs per box where possible.
- Make sure all your boxes are safely and securely taped shut.
- Make sure any bags you are moving are sealed close.
- Wardrobe boxes are great, but try to fold as much clothes as possible into large boxes to keep moving costs down. Wardrobe boxes cost marginally more than normal large boxes.
- If you are moving a washing machine or a dryer, try to get transit bolts to screw in to stop the machine's drum from unwanted wear and tear movement that would occur with the movement of a moving vehicle.
- Disassemble small fragile items of furniture where possible. For example glass tv stand, glass shelves. These sort of items when new came flat-packed and travel safer that way (Best to check with your movers if this one is necessary!).
- If items of furniture such as wardrobes, furniture units have been disassembled, try to remove all protruding bits such as screws and dowels. These bits can break-off or get damaged when being moved. Your movers should take these things out before protecting such items for transit.
- Try to start packing and prepping for your move weeks or a few days ahead of moving day. Depending on the size of your move, you should start getting ready as early as sensibly possible. Smaller tasks can sometimes take a little longer than you expect. This way you avoid the stress of the last minute rush to prepare for your movers.