Moving home can be a stressful time, even when everything goes smoothly. But it can be made so much easier and less stressful with the right preparation and that’s what this guide is all about. We’ll tell you how to let go of some things before moving day, get the right company to help you move house, de-clutter where possible, plan ahead by packing all your items into boxes and much more!
Get the right removals company
- Choose a company with a good reputation.
- Ask friends and family for recommendations, and check their referrals before you hire anyone.
- Check the company’s website for information about their services, including whether they offer packing materials, boxes, and other moving supplies.
- Ask for a quote and compare prices before hiring a removals company to help you move house. You’ll be able to get the best deal and the right team to help you move.
- Check that the removalist is accredited by visiting the Australian Furniture Removers Association website. In order for a company to be listed here, they need to have certain standards when it comes to equipment, vehicles, premises and staff training.
De-clutter where you can
When you are packing for a move, you should try to de-clutter as much as possible. This is because moving house is stressful enough without having to deal with a load of junk that isn’t actually needed or wanted. Before you pack up anything, make sure it’s something that is useful and necessary. If your toaster doesn’t work or your computer mouse doesn’t work like it used to, don’t bother taking them with you!
If you don’t use something regularly and can borrow it or rent it, consider doing so instead of moving them across town (or state, or country!) with you.
If there are any things that have sentimental value but need replacing (and they’re not cheap), consider whether they can be stored until after the move. For example, if you want to keep family photos but want new frames and mounts for them once settled in your new home, leave them in storage until after the move.
Plan your packing
One of the most important things you can do when moving house is to plan your packing. The first step in planning is to decide on a budget and stick to it. Many underestimate how much money they will need for packing materials and other costs associated with moving house. If you don’t have enough cash available then you won’t be able to purchase everything that you need at once, which means that you might end up paying more than necessary if one item doesn’t go as planned (e.g., there’s a lot of extra weight).
You should also decide how many boxes or suitcases each room needs before starting the actual packing process – this will save time later down the line! Remember though: don’t pack too early; doing so could lead to more stress because there’s no point whatsoever in spending hours on end putting things together only for them to not fit neatly inside each other afterwards!
Use cardboard boxes to store items in
Cardboard boxes are the most common type of moving box, and they’re probably what you used to move into your current home. They’re strong, durable, cheap and easy to get—and because they’re recyclable, they’re green too!
Your first step should be to find out how many cardboard boxes you need. This depends on how much stuff you have and how much space each item takes up. If possible, try not to buy more than you think will fit in your new home as this can get expensive.
Use self-storage when moving home
Self-storage is a great way to store items until you are ready to move them. You can rent space at a self-storage facility for short or long periods of time, depending on how much stuff you need to store and how long it will take you to sort through it all.
Self-storage is cost-effective because most storage facilities charge by the size of each unit rather than by the time they’re used. The price per square metre also tends to be less than that traditional storage companies sometimes charge. Depending on size and amenities, a typical self-storage unit might cost $120-300 per month, making it a simple and easy option for storing your household items between homes.
Moving home doesn’t have to be stressful
Remember, moving home is exciting! It’s a great opportunity to get organised, de-clutter and give your home a new lease on life.
There are millions of people who move house every year so if you’re feeling daunted by the prospect of packing up, hiring vans and arranging removals, don’t worry: we’ve got everything covered. If you plan ahead and take care of your belongings, then all you need is your own strength and determination. The key is to make sure that everything is packed up securely so that nothing gets damaged during transit.
If you’re looking for a self-storage facility in Mildura, contact the friendly team at No Shed Sherlock in Mildura for a quote and check on our availability.