Moving Checklist - Essential Moving Steps

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TOP REMOVALS are here to make your move as stressful and hassle-free as possible. But it’s our removalists that are the real stars of the show – from packing your house to plumbing the washing machine to taking apart and re-building even the most headache-inducing beds – they’re moving machines.

So who better to ask when compiling a checklist of what to do when moving house? We asked our brawny but brainy removalists to think about what bothers them most on the job – what slows them down – and most importantly, what YOU can do to make your move fast, efficient and heaps cheaper!

  1. Consider COVID safety – e.g. hand sanitiser, sign-in book

    Many buildings have specific covid-safe guidelines for trade-workers so find out ahead of time what measures are in place, and if any extra steps need to be taken for the removalists to work on-site. You can find this information out by contacting your building’s body corporate or building manager directly.

  2. Pack as much as you can into boxes

    Not only will this ensure the safe transport of your belongings, but it will also minimize the removalists handling unnecessary loose items. Condensing your possessions into small, medium, and large boxes mean they can be handled easily, moved on a trolley, and stacked neatly on the truck.

  3. Fill boxes all the way to the top

    This is to allow the boxes to be stacked on top of one another. Pad the box out on all four sides and to the top. When the box is closed, you should be able to lean a reasonable amount of bodyweight on the lid without squashing the box.

  4. Protect your fragile/delicate items inside the box

    Use plain, unbleached butcher paper as newspaper/magazine paper can leave ink stains. Be sure to wrap each item individually, ensuring they are not touching without a layer of protection in-between. Why not use tea towels and other linen-like pillowcases for a great eco-friendly alternative? PRO TIP: fragile boxes should be silent when picked up – clattering sounds mean something is likely to get damaged.

  5. Use bin bags to protect pillows and cushions

    Heavy-duty garden bin bags work the best for this as they don’t tear as easily. Also, soft bags and luggage are useful when the removalists are stacking the truck as they provide padding between furniture to stop unwanted movement during transport.

  6. Securely tape all boxes

    Use dedicated packing tape as regular tape isn’t as durable. Consider investing in a tape roller as they do make life a lot easier and scissors are easily lost. Just don’t use your teeth!

  7. Ensure all boxes are correctly labeled

    Clearly write in marker pen the room and a brief list of contents. Consider a numbering system so you have an idea of how many you have in total – this will help when you are getting removal quotes for truck size. Colour coding can also be a good idea, matching each box to each room with coloured stickers. A blueprint of the new home layout can then be printed to guide the removalists and avoid confusion.

  8. Mark delicate boxes with “FRAGILE” type

    This is better than simply writing on the box as the fragile tape is very obvious. The worst thing would be having other boxes accidentally stacked on top of your fragile, precious, and delicate items

  9. Stack boxes away from doorways and hallways

    To make sure the removalists have a clear run with the trolleys on moving day, make sure all boxes are stacked up out of the way. The best option is to clear a corner of the room when packing and stack up your boxes neatly as you go. Ideally, it’s best to also separate fragile and non-fragile boxes.

  10. Empty drawers of all furniture

    Furniture should always be moved without anything inside. As your furniture will be manipulated for it to be moved safely down hallways, stairways, and through doorways, this can put extra pressure on joints and corners. Even small furniture like bedside tables should be emptied as they will often be carried sideways or stacked in the truck upside down.

  11. Clear hallways and doorways of all obstructions

    A sure-fire way to slow down any move is having clutter where the removalists need to work. Experienced removalists will quickly ascertain the best access points to efficiently move your items from your home to the truck. If these are obstructed, they will have to spend time and your money clearing the way.

  12. Conclusion

    Now that we went over these important steps, you are much more prepared for your upcoming house removal. This list will make you ready for this complicated event so everything will go smoothly. If you truly want this day to be as easy as it gets, you’ve come to the right place. Here on Top Removals, we have the top removalists, a wide range of trucks suitable for every kind of removal and we have free inspections to provide detailed quotes with no obligations whatsoever. Get your quote now!