Moving is a stressful experience for most people. Renters may move more than once in their lifetime. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, we tend to stay in one state our entire lives and only move across states once every 10 years. Relocating is difficult no matter where you are moving to because it takes time packing, sorting and disassembling furniture that needs to be moved. It can also be expensive to book professional interstate removalists, but it is also a good option if you are time poor and want to leave it to the professionals. So, let’s have a look at how you can move interstate successfully.
Should you Do-it-Yourself
One of the primary risks associated with DIY moving is the potential for damage to your belongings. Without professional expertise and equipment, handling heavy furniture, fragile items, and delicate electronics can be challenging. Improper packing or inadequate securing during transit may lead to unfortunate accidents and costly repairs or replacements. If you are also not use to lifting and carrying heavy items, the risk of personal injury can be high. It is crucial to prioritize your safety and be aware of your limitations when taking on these tasks. Time is another crucial factor to consider, as DIY moving typically requires meticulous planning, packing, and coordinating logistics such as renting a truck, gathering packing supplies, and calling upon the help of friends or family. So, if you are willing to take on the risk and have the time, it can be a sensible option to take.
For those who, do not have time because they don’t have the extended support or cannot get away from work then hiring a company that can handle everything has many advantages. Professional movers are equipped to handle large, heavy items that can be dangerous or difficult for people who don’t know how to handle them. Professionals know the best way to pack boxes, so that your belongings will arrive intact and undamaged during transportation.
Book the Right Moving Company
If you are moving to a new area, no matter which country you live in, it is best to look for a local removalist in your city. Look to hire Auckland movers if you live in Auckland. There are many scam operators so be careful. Asking friends for recommendations is a great way to find out if they have used any movers in the past with a good experience. Also, get a written quote before you commit. It’s important to know how much each company charges as not every company charge by the hour but some will offer a full price fixed quote.
Every business should have insurance to operate as a business, just in case they damage property or injure people on the job. Be sure to do your own due diligence to ensure they have a business number and are operating business legitimately.
Stress levels and costs can increase if you leave a plan too late. Moving boxes that are well-packed, sturdy and neatly taped will ensure that they won’t break when they are stacked. Also remember the heavier items should be placed in smaller boxes, while the lighter ones can go into larger boxes. This ensures that they can be lifted by one person.
When packing electronics such as TVs, computers, or gaming consoles, it’s essential to protect them from potential damage. Start by taking a photo of the cable connections to remember how they were set up. Detach the cables, label them, and place them in resealable bags. Wrap the electronic devices with anti-static bubble wrap or blankets and secure them with packing tape.
Clothing and Linen
Instead of removing clothes from their hangers and folding them, keep them intact by using wardrobe boxes. These tall boxes come with a metal bar to hang your clothes, mimicking a portable closet. Simply transfer your hanging clothes directly from your closet to the wardrobe box, protecting them from wrinkles and saving you time on ironing or folding. For linens and folded clothing, use vacuum-sealed bags to compress and maximize space efficiency.
When packing fragile items like dishes, glassware, and ceramics, provide extra protection to prevent breakage. Start by placing a layer of packing paper or bubble wrap at the bottom of the box. Individually wrap each item with packing paper or bubble wrap, focusing on creating a cushion around the delicate areas. Stack the items vertically in the box, using additional packing material to fill any gaps and prevent movement. Clearly label the box as “Fragile” to ensure careful handling.
Use quality packing material and remember to label
Pack your items in a manner that prevents them from being damaged during the move. To prepare for the big day, bring bubble wrap, scissors, marker pens and tape with you.
Labeling each box clearly and precisely will make it easier to locate and identify each box. Don’t rush and take your time. You’ll save time looking for your belongings later on doing this.
Use Ziploc bags for loose items, remotes and screws and tape them to the device or furniture if possible. This way you can be sure the screws and legs are still somewhat attached to the furniture item when moving and that reassembly will be straightforward.
Always transport an essentials box yourself
Include the essentials in your box before you start packing. Include the kettle, drinks and food, toiletries such as soap or toothpaste, chargers for your phones/laptops and light bulbs, if necessary. Don’t forget to include any medicine you may need depending on the type of injury. If you can transport it with you, if flying interstate, make sure you check it in your check in luggage. This way you still have the essentials with you even if there is a slight delay with the movers turning up.