Planning Your Move

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When moving house, you will have to organise many things ahead of time. Make a list of the things you have to do. Get plenty of packing material, think about the furniture and other belongings that you want to move, and the items you need to leave behind. If you have small children, or pets, for example, you will also have to organise care for them.

Ask Precision Removals for a Moving Checklist which will give you an  overview of the things you need to take care of.

You may have already bought your new home or signed the rental agreement, but to get the moving process going, it is essential to get moving boxes and other packing material. You can choose from a wide range of quality boxes and other packaging when you contact Precision Removals, we have a specially designed boxes which protect your items.

It is essential to choose a moving company that is willing to help you whenever you need advice, and with whom you can communicate effectively.

Establish the date of moving well ahead, do not be afraid to discuss anything you need to know, and confirm the removal again a few days before the moving day as well, to avoid any misunderstandings.

At Precision Removals & Storage, we always aim to provide advice and information our customers need, so do not hesitate to contact us.

You will not necessarily want to take everything with you, think about your new home – if it is considerably smaller than your current home for example, you definitely need to leave some things behind. If you start packing based on how you are planning to unpack in your new home, moving in will be much easier.

Make a list of the things you are definitely taking with you – It is also useful to have an inventory when you are unpacking, ask Precision Removals for a template to help you.

Don’t just throw away the items you are leaving behind. Ask your relatives and friends if they want anything, give the things to charities, or organise a garage sale.

You can either order a professional packing service from Precision Removals which is highly recommended, especially if you are moving interstate or if you have many fragile and valuable items.

If you will be packing yourself, you should start packing your items a few weeks before the moving day, and go through everything systematically. Label moving boxes clearly, and pack essential items only in the last few days. Don’t put too many or too few items into one box.

As you are changing address, you will have to notify these companies, banks, friends and relatives to send your mail to your new address.

Notify your employer, and if you have any children, you will have to take care of changing schools as well.

You might need these items during the removal, or while they are in storage.

Don’t pack items that you will need right after you move in, or always keep track of where you are putting them.

If you are moving to a new area, it is very important to get to know as much about your new community as soon as you can, before moving there.

This way, the transition will hopefully not be stressful for you and your family. Research schools, employment opportunities, medical services and leisure activities. Is there a public transport system to get you to and from work? Is there a suitable internet service if you work from home?

The more you find out ahead of time the more prepared you will be when you reach your new neighbourhood.

To ensure that everything goes as planned with the removal team, it is important to be present on the moving day. Precision Removals & Storage will take the lead and reduce the stress and activity required by you.

Once your belongings have been loaded on to the truck you will need to check your old home once more – make sure you have not left any items behind. Also turn off gas, electricity and close all the windows. Precision Removals & Storage can provide domestic cleaning and lawn mowing services so once your items are packed you can be on your way to your new home without ever coming back.

As soon as you have any definite plans, tell your older children about the move.

Give many details, and do not wait until the last minute – let them research their new area and new school. Its important they look at the move as an exciting opportunity.

Talk openly about it and think of ways they can keep in touch with their existing friends. The internet and social media have made the world a much smaller place, let them know how easy it is to communicate with people even if you are in different areas.

If you have school-aged children, it is important to look for suitable schools in the area where you are going, and to involve your children in choosing a new school.

Look at the school online, arrange a visit or for an information pack to be sent. Research the subjects, sports and interest groups the school can offer.

The school may offer social media or online forums that your children can join before they get to school.

Creating a sense of team-work and giving your children age-specific tasks will get them more excited about the move.

Allow them to arrange and pack their own rooms, and if they are older, participate in the actual planning as well. You should also let them make plans about their new rooms, think about the decoration, colour of the walls, curtains, and new furniture.

You will need lots of packing supplies. No matter how small your house might seem, you will probably need more supplies, and boxes than you would think.

You can buy a wide range of packing supplies from Precision Removals & Storage. You will need to use strong and sturdy boxes of different sizes, get bubble wrap and newspapers to wrap fragile items. Tape, scissors, and a marking pen will be crucial, while wardrobe boxes and mattress bags are also useful.

Precision Removals & Stoarge packing service includes all the necessary packing supplies for your move.

Keep track of what you are putting in each box. This way you’ll know right away where you can find anything while unpacking. This might seem unnecessary after 5 boxes packed, but once you’ve packed up the whole house, the pile of packed boxes with all your belongings will seem much more daunting, and a detailed list will be very handy.

You’ll need to know where your kettle and teabags are for that emergency cuppa when you get to your new home!!

A single packing box should ideally contain similar items. Try to fill a box with items from one single room, and pack one room at a time. Think about your new home, and pack accordingly. It is also crucial to label every box very clearly.

Try to pack heavier items, books, canned food for example in smaller boxes, and lighter items in bigger boxes. Avoid over loading the boxes – you dont want to run the risk of injury or the boxes collapsing.

Heavier items should always be placed at the bottom and lighter items on top to prevent damage. Use paper and bubble wrap – wrap fragile and valuable items thoroughly, and wrap everything individually.

Fill all boxes, but do not overfill. Cartons that are underfilled can crush when another box is placed on top. Close every carton and seal with tape to avoid damage.

Don’t forget to label each box.

Every person should pack a box with the items they’ll need right away in the new house. Also prepare a box with general essential items, like snacks, cleaning supplies, bedsheets that you will need right away. This box should be loaded last and unloaded first.

Don’t forget, Precision Removals & Storage do offer a comprehensive packing service, please ask for details.

Hazardous, flammable, and explosive materials should never be packed as it is dangerous and illegal for movers to transport them. Dispose of these safely in all cases. Perishable items, such as plants and perishable food need to be safely stored and clearly marked – if items require refrigeration consider how you will transport these and if they will make the journey. It is far better to reduce your perishable items over the days approaching your move.

Do not pack official documents, passports, driving licenses, birth certificates, financial documents, cash and jewellery. Keep these items with you, as they are not easily replaceable.