Moving day is stressful no matter how prepared you are. So we want to make it a whole lot less stressful with giving you a few tips and tricks we have picked up over the years. Have a quick read and see if this helps you to avoid stress on your moving day.
ACCESS PROBLEMS DURING REMOVAL
Please do consider access to your house or unit, if there are stairs involved or you have a long steep winding driveway, please inform us as it helps us be prepared for you move. We do not expect to be able to get our large truck up small suburban driveways; however we do expect to be able to get our trucks into your street.
If these things are not advised before your removal there may be extra charges to consider, mainly due to the fact that it may take longer than anticipated to carry out your removal and we may be late for another customer. You wouldn’t like us being late for your removal, so please keep us informed.
MORE REMOVAL CARTONS
Please don’t worry if you feel you have made an error in your estimate of cartons or boxes, as you get closer to your chosen ‘Moving Day’ you will find that you will be better placed to either confirm or change the number of cartons you have.
If the total only changes by one or two that is fine, but if the number increases or decreases by more than 5 or 6 boxes please inform us as soon as possible so we may adjust your quote accordingly. This is especially important if the number increases as we will have to ensure there is sufficient space on the truck for all your goods. Once you have worked out an estimate of boxes or cartons needed you are ready for the next stage of the moving process Preparing a furniture removal inventory
COUNTING MOVING BOXES
Whilst removal cartons are in our opinion the best way to transport your belongings safely, we do not insist that these be used, but in terms of your estimate please be sure to inform us if you are estimating removal cartons or other size boxes as this will effect your quote. A standard removal carton is the same size as the old wooden Tea chest, which are approximately 435 x 410 x 600mm.
If you are still a little uneasy about estimating your carton needs, when you come to complete your inventory, don’t enter any cartons and we can estimate for you. If you take this option please be sure to tell us that we need to estimate cartons on your behalf otherwise we will calculate your quotation based purely on what you have told us.
BOXES NEEDED FOR MY FURNITURE REMOVAL?
This is one of the harder parts of calculating your furniture removal quotation, as unless you have moved previously or are already packed and raring to go it can be difficult to estimate exactly how many cartons or boxes you will need. We have found that the best way to do this is to estimate your cartons on a room to room basis, as opposed to attempting to make a ‘guesstimate’ at the end.
By this we mean as you are walking around your home and listing your furniture and belongings try to visualize contents of cupboards and loose items in piles and then count how many piles you think there will be for each room.
IMPORTANT MOVING TIPS
It is easier to live without the fine china for a few weeks, than it is to be still packing as the removalist is carrying your furniture out of the door.
Sell, give away, and dump, anything that you no longer need or want. During my years as a removalist, I have lost count of the amount of people who pay for space on vehicles for furniture that they no longer require. If you no longer need or want these items, now is the perfect time for a clear out.
Whilst most removalists will not insist on you using removalist cartons or boxes, I do really want to draw you attention to the pitfalls of using supermarket boxes etc for long distance furniture removals. No matter how good your removalist is he will have to stack these boxes in the removal truck or shipping container, and if they are thin and flimsy, they will collapse during transit.
This may seem obvious to a seasoned removalist, but the most important factor to a stress free move, is to be organized. Start early, pack into boxes as much as you can and as soon as you can, something that we always do is to set out a minimum amount of crockery etc that we can make do with, and then pack the rest.
FURNITURE REMOVALIST TIPS
Whilst you will find many more important guides to a successful move on our web site, the small list below covers most of the important facts Please note due to the new design of our site, you can print the page direct from the screen, and you will always have a printer friendly version.
- Instead of putting unwanted items in the bin, why not give them to charity.
- To pack an overnight bag so those essential items are easily to hand.
- To check insurance cover whilst your contents are in transit.
- To redirect mail.
- To take cuttings of your favourite plants from the garden to take with you
- To label contents of all boxes … especially the one marked kettle!
- To pack as early as possible once your date has been confirmed.
- To make sure you book your removal company well in advance
- And check where the nearest take away is.