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Moving houses can be both exciting and overwhelming. Whether you’re relocating across the street or to a different suburb, proper preparation can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth transition.

Hiring professional removalists to help you move can be a smart choice to alleviate some of the inevitable stress. But how should you prepare for removalists before they arrive, to ensure your move goes off without a hitch and stays within the agreed budget? Here are the essential steps to take before moving day, as you prepare for the removalists to arrive.

1. Book Your Removalist Early

As soon as you’ve decided on your desired moving date, book your removalist! Good quality removalists will be booked weeks to months in advance, so it pays to get in early. To find the best removalist for your circumstances, check online reviews and speak to them about their experience and services provided.

Make sure you talk through in detail how many rooms and belongings you have, whether you need help disassembling and reassembling furniture, and whether you have items that require special handling. Also discuss any parking or access limitations, whether there are stairs or lifts to navigate, and any time restrictions. This will allow the removalist to correctly calculate the size of truck, amount of labour and time required, and to correctly estimate the cost of the move.

Be sure you understand exactly how your removalists charge and obtain a written quote that also confirms your booking date. It also doesn’t check to re-confirm the date and quote a week out from moving day.

2. Declutter And Organise

Before the removalists come, take the time to declutter your home. Give yourself several weeks (even months) to sort through your belongings and decide what you want to keep, donate, or discard. This not only reduces the number of items you need to move but also ensures that you’re not bringing unnecessary clutter into your new home.

If you’re facing a wall of belongings and feel thoroughly overwhelmed, read our tips on where to start decluttering. They’ll help you get you going.

3. Pack Early And Pack Well

Packing can be a time-consuming task, so it’s crucial to start well in advance of moving day – we recommend you give yourself a good few weeks. Begin by packing items that you don’t use frequently, such as off-season clothing, books, or decorative items.

Removalists will be able to move your boxes most efficiently if they are sturdy, securely taped and in uniform sized boxes. We highly recommend you use professional quality, closed moving boxes and high quality tape, rather than relying on a mix of different box types or open cartons. Ensure your belongings can’t move around inside the boxes by padding them out with bubble wrap, cloths or paper sheeting.

Very importantly, take time to label your boxes with the room they need to go into, along with a list of contents. You’ll help your removalists locate the boxes correctly if you label both the top and sides of the box, so they can be read when boxes are stacked.

Pack essential items separately and keep them easily accessible for the day of the move.

You’ll find more packing tips in our blog post.

4. Organise Utilities

Don’t forget to notify your utility providers of your upcoming move. Arrange for disconnection at your current address and connection at your new home. This includes electricity, gas, water, internet, and any other essential services.

While there may be a delay before all the utilities in your new home are connected, try to ensure the electricity will be on so that lighting is available to ensure a safe move, and your fridge can be plugged in as soon as possible.

5. Communicate Clearly On Moving Day

When your removalists arrive, take a moment to walk through what needs to be done before they start working. Provide them with detailed instructions about any fragile or valuable items that require special handling. Explain the layout of the new house, show how you’ve labelled the boxes for the requisite room, and discuss where furniture needs to be placed. Re-confirm if there’s anything you expect to be reassembled upon arrival.

If you do this, your removalists can place things as close as possible to where you want them to be, and you’ll have minimum re-handling or assembly to do after they leave.

How To Prepare For Removalists: In Summary

By taking time to prepare well before moving day – decluttering, packing and sorting utilities – you’ll be well placed to enjoy a smooth move.  Communication with your chosen removalist will also be key to ensuring there are no hiccups or nasty surprise charges when it comes time to move.

Start early and prepare well for your removalists, and enjoy a much less stressful experience as you move to your next abode!

Looking for a professional removalist in Melbourne that makes moving day easy? Pinder Tower Movers are a family-owned company that offer the highest level of customer service, backed by over 40 years of experience. For advice, a quote, or to book your move across Melbourne or interstate, contact Pinder Tower Movers.