5 Things To Do Before You Move Out (and how to get your new home ready)

Getting Ready for Your Move

It's moving day!

Moving out of your home is a fun, exciting and enjoyable day. But it can be challenging too. To make the process stress-free, there are a few things that you can do before your removalists arrive. This will make sure everything goes as planned on moving day. This includes what to do at your old house AND how to set up your new house. Are you ready to make moving day fun? Let’s dive right into it!

At Your Old House

Using a furniture removalist company to help you move out of your current home can save you hundreds of dollars and a huge headache. Your movers will help take your belongings out of your home, move them to your new house, and then unpack them.

But it’s never quite so simple. Although movers are experts, they can’t do everything for you. If you help them out by doing some preparation, along with packing ahead of time, the process will be faster and stretch your money further as well.

Here’s what you do BEFORE you move out…

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1. Remove Pets and Kids

Whether it is children or pets, moving day will go a lot smoother when you don't need to worry about little feet being stepped on. Find a sitter ahead of time and let the little ones have fun somewhere else as you focus on getting things moved.

2. Remove All Unwanted Rubbish and Furniture

Prior to removalists arriving at your home, it is a good idea to minimize their tasks as much as you can. That means there will be fewer things that need to be moved. The more time they have to focus on your precious items the better.

After all, you don't want your nice new home to get filled up with unwanted things from your old house. The experts from Tow and Line suggest starting with the 'Mover's Mantra'. They explain “this mantra is simple. If you don’t want to keep it then either sell, throw out, recycle or donate. With linen, bedding and clothes it’s easy to hold onto items you don’t need. So really think if you’ve used your items in the last 6 months or if they’d be more value to a new family.”

Keep the things you definitely want for your new home, and get rid of everything else.

3. Empty The Refrigerator

This may be tricky to get done if you don't think of it until the morning before your removalists are set to arrive, so begin to empty your refrigerator and freeze about a week before your moving day. On the day prior to your move, you should only have what you need for breakfast on moving day in your refrigerator. Within a few hours before your movers are scheduled to arrive, switch every off and take everything out, including the ice trays.

4. Tape the Doors Down

Your movers will appreciate it when you take time to tape down the doors on your refrigerator, furniture and anything else that has drawers and doors. No one wants a rogue refrigerator door swinging open and damaging your possessions!

Professional floor sander Glen Gilbertson notes “all you need is one roll of masking or electric tape. Tape all of the drawers and doors down before your removalists arrive. This means one less to worry about on moving day. There’s nothing worse than a swinging door scuffing a floor and adding a cost to moving day.”

5. Disassemble Large Items

Depending on what you have agreed on with your removalist company, they may or may not dismantle your furniture.

If it isn't included in your agreement, then it is definitely something you will want to do prior to your removalists arriving at your house. The last thing you want to be doing is fumble around with your screwdriver as the movers are trying to empty your house.

If you are paying on a per hour basis, then this will help keep costs down too.

If you plan on going the DIY route, use a drill, screwdriver, and a bit of elbow grease to disassemble large items like desks, bed frames, and dining tables.

Looking for more packing tips? Find out everything you need to know right here!

At Your New Home

It’s time to move into your new home!

Well, not just yet.
First, you’ll need to do some preparation so that your movers can transport your belongings and get you relocated without delays.

1. Get Your New Utilities Connected

As soon as you know your move-in date, call your utility providers to inform them that you are moving.
It is important to make sure you will not be paying for somebody else's utilities at your old house!
You want your internet, telephone, gas, electricity, and water to be on the day you move into your new home.

2. Control Pests

The last thing you want is to get to your new home and find unwanted pests.

New home landscaper Wayne Leglies deals with yards every day and says pests can quickly move from outside to in. He suggests “get a pest inspection scheduled at least one week prior to moving in, so you don't need to worry about pests on your moving day.”

3. Test The Smoke Alarms

Learn about the most recent information on smoke alarms before moving into your new home. The placements and types can be critical to your safety. Make sure to test the smoke alarms at your new house and fix any faulty ones before you move in. Having a fire extinguisher on every storey of your house as well as a fire blanket close to the kitchen are also good ideas.

4. Start Cleaning

Start Cleaning for your Move

There is still time to clean the corners of the rooms after the furniture is moved in.

Before the removalists bring over your belongings, thoroughly clean your new house while there are still no obstacles that will get in your way.

It might be awhile before you can clean so thoroughly again so take full advantage of it while there is still time.

5. Locate The Mains

You are going to want water and electricity when you move into your new house and your movers will like being able to find their way around.

Find the mains for the utilities before your moving day so that the removalists can bring your belongings in without risk or delay.

How To Have A Stress-Free Moving Day

Feel relaxed on moving day with these tips to ensure your big change is quick, smooth and stress-free!

Are you searching for removalists who pay attention to the small details, and will do a great job of moving your belongings professionally from point A to point B?

Written by: Mike Bird

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Removal tips

  • Defrost your refrigerator in time for moving day.
  • Proper removalist cartons are recommended for strength and size.
  • Disconnect washing machine, TV, etc.
Packing and labeling
  • Label boxes on all sides so you can see what it contains in a stack without having to move everything around.
  • Clearly mark boxes containing fragile goods.
  • Pack a suitcase with clothes and toiletries like you’re going on a trip for a few days.

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Packing Tips

  • Proper removalist cartons are recommended for strength and size
  • Striped bags are preferred as apposed to garbage bags for linen, clothing, blankets, etc, as garbage bags easily tear
  • Label all cartons with name, relevant room and contents
  • Crumpled paper, bubble wrap, newspaper or linen, towels and cushions are ideal when packing fragile items, and clearly label as ‘fragile’
  • Covering your furniture with plastic/sheet covering will help prevent it from getting dusty. We will however wrap all furniture in felt wraps/pads to prevent damage in transit.
  • Crockery should be interleaved into folded sheets of paper or cardboard, then wrapped again and placed on end in carton
  • Distribute the weight evenly when packing all cartons, combine both heavy and light items in each carton, packing heavy items first
  • Books/heavy items should be packed into small boxes
  • Do not pack aerosol cans, flammable items, tins of paint, etc
  • Gas bottles must be empty
  • Empty petrol from lawn movers, whipper snipers, motorbikes, etc
  • Secure lids on jars, bottles, containers, etc
  • Pack all items that will fit in cartons; lampshades, paintings, glass, etc
  • All cartons should have lids, be taped closed and have labels
  • Garbage bins, linen baskets, etc can be used as packing cartons
  • Brooms, mops and garden tools can be taped together in bundles of 5
  • Port-a-robes are available; with hanging bar, and shoes can be placed on the bottom
  • Empty all robes, chest of drawers, dressing tables, etc
  • Paint and chemicals are not recommended to be packed and shipped with furniture.
  • Plastic storage containers should be used for storage only, as they easily crack in transit and are used at own risk
  • Don’t forget to inform the removalist of everything you want moved, as it is your responsibility to check before the van leaves
  • Don’t store valuable items, such as; jewellery, taxation papers, legal documents, insurance policies, etc. Take them with you, or if storing mark the carton with ‘leave at front’, and inform the removalist so it can be placed for easy access

Before Moving

  • Dismantle all swings, play gyms, beds, etc
  • Disconnect washing machine, TV, etc
  • Empty and defrost fridge and freezer
  • Arrange to discontinue - newspaper, telephone, gas, electricity, water meter reading, etc
  • Notify your change of address to - post office, bank, electoral roll, car registration and license, hire/rental firms, insurance companies, Medicare, schools, clubs, charge accounts and credit cards, government departments, solicitor, etc
  • If moving plants: Each state has different quarantine restrictions. Be sure to check what these restrictions are for the State you are moving to. 

Moving Day Advice

  • Make sure driveways are clear and accessible for the removal truck
  • Check delivery address and estimated time of delivery with your removalist
  • After the removalist has loaded check the house thoroughly and make sure everything is loaded and locked or secured

On Delivery

  • Check your new home is vacant and clean
  • Have keys and access ready before the removalist arrives
  • Arrange connections - telephone, gas, electricity, mail service, newspaper, etc

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