- Make a tour of
your house, garage and yard. Decide what has to be moved and what is
to be discarded. Make a list, take this opportunity to sort things out.
- Have a garage sale
- why pay to move anything you no longer require?
- Start to use up
your frozen food supply, and buy only what you need at the moment.
- Collect family
medical and dental records, and the children's school details.
- Notify the magazines
& newspapers you subscribe to of your change of address.
- Have your car prepared
for the trip, check all safety points and make sure it's in tip-top
- If you plan to
do some packing yourself, start now. We will supply you with what you
require. With respect to the cartons, don't forget to identify the contents
and the room to be placed in.
- Collect all items
which are away being repaired or clothes being cleaned.
- Return library
books and anything you have borrowed from friends and neighbours.
- Finalise any outstanding
- Arrange cancellation
of milk & newspaper deliveries.
- Organise final
reading for gas and electricity.
- Compile list of
all items that are absolutely necessary for your family during the course
of an ordinary day. Keep these items aside.
- Correctly dispose
of flammables such as cleaning fluid, paint and matches. We are not
allowed to transport these articles, and they are not allowed in storage.
- Drain fuel from
lawn mower and other engines. Make sure all seals are tight on bottles,
jars and cans containing liquids. Put them into water proof packaging,
such as plastic containers or bags.
- Wash and dry dirty
- Remove curtains,
venetian blinds - unless they are to remain in the house.
- Make sure all dishes
are washed and dried.
- Have all the items
you want, packed together in separate lots.
- Make sure the fridge
and freezer have all food and ice removed.
- Defrost the fridge
and wipe the interior dry, allowing 24 hours to air before collection.
- Pack fridge shelves
and crisper separately.
- Have electricity,
gas and water meters read.
- Make a final check
of all closets, cabinets and storage areas for overlooked articles.
- Before the removal
van arrives, be aware about what they are contracted to do and what
you should do. If you have any doubts, telephone our operations manager.
- Turn off all taps.
- Check gas and electrical
switches and lights.
- Lock all windows
- Make sure that
nothing has been left lying around in the garden.
- Be on hand when
we arrive. If you can't be there, please have someone to take your place.
- This is the time
to check, read and sign our inventory.
- Remain on the premises
until all goods are loaded.
- For pot plants,
collect some cardboard boxes which are a little taller than the pot
plants. Make a bottom tray in the boxes using metal foil. Water the
plants thoroughly the day before the move and place them in the boxes.
- For small pot plants
and ones with drooping leaves, lay the pots on their sides and roll
them up in sheets of newspaper, so the paper forms a tube slightly higher
than the plant. Lean the top of the tube of several pots against each
other, which will keep the tubes upright.
- For small garden
plants, find some plastic sheeting and lay then together - high enough
to avoid the plant tops. For added safety, place the plants in the cardboard
- Check with our
consultant regarding the regulations in moving plants and shrubs interstate.
- To save alot of
frustration on moving day, draw-up a plan on graph paper of where you
want to place your furniture.
- Cut out extra scaled
pieces of graph paper to the size of the furniture, and after deciding
on the best position, glue them to the plan. When the plan is completed,
give it to our consultant or the removalist in charge.
- This type of planning
will prevent double handling, and avoid damage to furniture and walls
- Pack some snack
food, sugar, tea or coffee, kettle, soap, towel, tin opener, cork screw,
plastic mugs, kitchen sponge and cleaner.
- Include a rubber
sink plug and some spare light bulbs.
- Add the vacuum
cleaner to this list, if you want to give your new house a quick going
over. (We can arrange cleaning services if you require)
- If you're sending
the emergency kit with the removalist, mark the carton or case "Load
Last", so it will be the first item unloaded.
- Children usually
look forward to moving, however, it can be a time of mixed emotions:
leaving old friendships, starting a new school, wondering just how things
will be. Try to keep them informed and if possible, take then to the
new house and show them where their bedrooms will be, where school is
and other places of interest around your area.
- When moving, young
children and babies should be kept right away from the scene of the
removal. They can be a real danger, both to themselves and men carrying
heavy objects. Try and arrange to leave the little ones with a friend
or neighbour while the move is on. Involve the older children in the
move, without letting then get underfoot, by allocating them specific
- If you're moving
a long distance, ask us to organise arrangements for the care and transport
of your pets.
- If they're still
with you on moving day, keep them out of the way in a safe place.
- Cats have a sixth
sense for knowing 'when somethings up', so put them in a room with a
big sign on the door "Don't let the cat out", until you finally
- If you decide to
transport your own pets, there are special travelling packs for cats
- Caged birds can
be kept in their cages, preferably covered.
- Tropical fish and
gold fish can be carried for several hours in plastic bags, providing
the bag contains 10 times as much air as water. Seal each bag, and place
it in a waterproof container for protection.
- Finally, don't
leave searching for your pets until the last minute.
- Have someone travel
in advance to open-up the house before the removal van arrives. The
house can then be aired and dusted, and cupboards re-lined.
- Another advantage
of having a forward scout is to make sure the keys are available and
the house can be opened. If no-one is available and a reasonable waiting
period elapses, we may have to take your goods into storage and re-deliver
- The forward scout
can also take the furniture plan, and have it ready to direct the removalist
when they arrive.
- When the move is
over and everything is in its place, put the kettle (which should have
been in the emergency kit!) on, and have a 'cuppa' all round for a job
- Jewellery, money,
documents, passports, insurance policies, etc. should not be included
in goods to be transported. Take them with you personally, or have them
placed in security storage.
- Don't include perishable
foods such as vegetables, flour and cereals, in goods to be stored.
- Discuss valuable
goods such as furs, paintings, crystal, etc. with our consultant, for
your protection and insurance purposes.
- Don't apply french
polish or any other coatings to furniture before moving. It takes a
long time to harden and is easily scratched.
- Please ensure any
electrical appliance has the required special transit packaging (as
supplied by the manufacturer) before our arrival eg. washing machine,
CD player, video recorders, etc. If unsure consult your 'Owners Manual'
- Don't forget to
book overnight accommodation, if required.
- Keep aside everything
required for the journey: keys, money, credit cards, cheque books, bank
books, etc. Lock them in the glove box of your car so you know where