A BIT OF FREE ADVICE:
Planning for any move is the most critical factor to a successful relocation of your most precious goods.
Below, we give you a checklist, which will help you remember all those nagging details that we all forget.
Moving & Packing Tips
- Some items are prohibited and they include: perishables, flammable liquids, explosives and fuels..
- Place all items in cartons/boxes wherever possible.
- Make use of all available aids such as wrapping paper, bubble wrap, drop cloths, furniture covers, plastic sheeting, tape, and cartons.
- Fill all cartons to maximum capacity.
- Disassemble large items such as beds and tables where possible, storing screws etc in a snap lock bag somewhere obvious.
- Books being a heavy item are best packed in smaller cartons so as not to produce a heavy load.
- When moving ensure all doors are securely closed: eg. refrigerators and freezers, cupboards, etc.
- Disconnect the hose to your washing machine and store in its bowl.
- Organise the leads to your A/V equipment, tie off and remove, marking for later reattachment.
- Some items are best packed and stored on edge. These items include: mirrors, windows, records, plates and saucers, pictures and paintings.
- Towels, blankets and clothing are also very useful and make good padding for transport.
- Large, heavy items should be stored to the rear of the unit.
- Less frequently required items should also be stored to the rear.
- Maximize the use of the unit height by storing items such as Beds and Mattresses on end.
- It is recommended that you wedge appliance doors slightly. This is to prevent the build up of mold and bad smells.
- It is also recommended that you leave a small space between the unit walls and your goods. Some items can be stored in large appliances – also the careful stacking of some cartons on top of larger items.
- Ensure that upholstery is not in direct contact with the floor or that sharp, and heavy items are not stacked on top.
- Sofas may be stored on end on protective mats or plastic sheeting.
- Smaller frequently required items should be stored near the door for easy access.
- Clothing and curtains should be stored on hangers whenever possible.
- Cover the total load with a light plastic cover. This will act as an affordable and practical dust cover for your property.
- Always use a good quality substantial lock on your unit.
Preparing for the move
- Confirm your removal date with Shire’s Family Removals.
- Complete and return your signed acceptance of your removal Quotation.
- Complete and return the Insurance Application if applicable.
- Arrange disconnection of the services or advise change of address (30 days’ notice each case)
- Newspaper Delivery
- Gas and Electricity
- The Post Office for redirection of mail
- Your bank to transfer your account
- The Electoral Office
- Your motor licencing authority
- Your Hire Purchase suppliers
- Your insurance company re your motor and household
- Your life assurance companies
- The principal of your children’s school, and a letter from the school
- The Municipality – re Rates
- Lodges, clubs and Benefit Societies
- Publications to which you subscribe
- Department Stores – where you have charge accounts
- Relatives, friends and regular correspondents
- Your Solicitors
Before the removal Day
- Collect your FREE cartons, paper and tape from Shires Family Removals.
- Defrost your refrigerator, if not frost free.. Most fridges these days are frost free.
- Anchor the drum of your automatic washing machine-check your machine instruction book.
- Dispose of your unwanted furniture.
- Put aside bits and pieces you don’t want to take on the truck.
- Clean out bathroom cabinet and dispose of all those old medicine bottles
- Tighten the lids on all jars containing liquids
- Return any garden tools, books, CDs and videos you’ve borrowed
- Drain the fuel from heaters, lamps and lawn movers
- keep aside jewellery, money, insurance policies and documents of value
ON THE REMOVAL DAY – ONE LAST LOOK AROUND
- Anything left behind. The attic – garden garage – basement
- No clothing still at the dry cleaners, or clothes in lockers at clubs or school
- Water heater turned off
- No taps left running
- Light switches all turned off
- Gas taps all turned off
- Windows and doors all locked
- Old house keys surrendered
WE HOPE THESE HINTS, TIPS AND CHECKLIST HAVE PROVIDED SOME ASSISTANCE AND HELPED TO MAKE YOUR MOVING DAY A WORRY FREE ONE…