So you’ve made the huge decision to move to from Newcastle, and everything familiar around you, to Brisbane. It’s now time to start making plans for the big move. Such a large task can be very daunting, especially when moving interstate, but with some careful planning, and putting in the extra time initially, you can make the move as smooth as possible.
The following are good tips to make the transition easier:
1. Compare removalists’ quotes and book your removalist.
2. Draw up a thorough checklist of things to do! And include everything. No doubt this list will keep growing as you remember something else – and that’s a good thing.
3. Make a list of, and notify, key contacts of your move (e.g. doctor, dentist, school, service providers, etc.). Service providers include:
- Pay TV
4. If you are renting, notify your landlord.
5. Advise your insurer.
6. Write up a precise item inventory. Have a good, hard, think about what you really want to keep, and what you can replace after your move.
7. Begin clearing out unwanted items. Remember, Gumtree is a great site for advertising your goods – people are always looking on Gumtree for items they need. And op shops are great outlets for those items you want to give away.
8. It’s also time now to organise cancellation of all local deliveries (newspapers etc).
9. This is also the time to:
- Complete a postal Change of Address form.
- Close local charge accounts (there are usually more than you realise).
- Arrange insurance changeovers to coincide with the date you’ll be moving.
- Schedule disconnection dates and/or transfer of utilities.
- Take out insurance on your contents while in transit.
10. Arrange packing containers. By now you will have a clearer idea of what you’ll be taking with you.
11. So, now to the time-consuming task of packing your boxes: Begin packing early!
- Start by packing the items you won’t be using. Tick them off your inventory list as you go.
- In a notebook, record all items in each box, including those boxes where all the ‘extra little things’ end up. This notebook will be your best friend when you finally unpack your boxes!
- Pack heavy items in small boxes and light items in large boxes – you’ll appreciate this when it comes to moving the boxes around.
- Pack items from the least orderly areas first (e.g. wardrobes, garage, shed). This is a good way to clear out these areas!
- Clearly mark each box with designated room, contents and handling instructions. This makes unpacking so much easier and quicker.
- Fill each box completely, to avoid boxes being squashed when stacked, thereby crushing the items inside.
- Designate a room that won’t be used much (with ‘low people traffic’) to store your boxes as you pack.
12. Now for your furniture! Have a clear idea of where your furniture will be going in your new home (rooms, placement etc.)
- Dismantle your large furniture and tape any nuts/bolts etc. in a plastic bag – and seal the bag carefully!
13. White goods (refrigerator, stove, washing machine) – seek removal advice from the manufacturers. Some appliances have specific instructions for moving.
14. For large mirrors and pictures – use cardboard for wrapping. You’ll appreciate the extra care taken for these items.
15. Tape and seal all fluids, such as cleaning liquids.
16. Tape gardening tools together for easier handling, as well as to keep them together.
17. Empty all flammable liquids from tools.
18. Place all liquids in sealable containers.
19. Wrap all breakables individually.
20. Valuables: keep all your valuables, jewelry, passports etc. with you until you reach your new home.
21. Pack a ‘moving‐in’ box containing tea, coffee, UHT milk, mugs, sugar, teaspoons, kettle, tea towel, etc. This will be very much appreciated on ‘moving-in’ day.
22.If you have pets, arrange alternative accommodation for them during the move. Moving can be a stressful time for pets, and you don’t want them to go missing during the move – there will be too much else to think about, to keep an eye on your pets as well.
23. Remove your curtains and blinds.
24. Pack your house plants.
25. Check the house for any extra items.
26. Then, of course, there’s the least exciting part of the packing up process – the cleaning! If you clean as you go it won’t be such a daunting task at the end.
27. Keep all items which are to go with you, (e.g. coats, bags etc.) separately.
28. For items which you’ll need first in your new home, mark ‘load last’.
29. Carefully go through instructions with removalists, going through all the rooms with them. Ensure you all have contact numbers and agree on a meeting time with the removalists at the new address.
30. Record meter readings.
31. Turn off the power and water.
33. Hand over the keys.
And you’re ready for your big trip to Brisbane! When you’ve reached your new home, and your removalists have arrived:
– Give the removalist a quick guided tour of the house with any specific instructions.
– After unloading, carry out a thorough inspection.
– Notify the removalist of any damage to your goods, if any. Hopefully, there won’t
be any, and you can begin your unpacking.
Enjoy your new home! The next exciting step is to explore your new neighbourhood …. and to enjoy all that Brisbane has to offer.
When thinking about removalists, Newcastle Moving & Storage are available to help you with every step of the process. We offer extra services such as:
- Packing: whether you want us to pack everything in your home, or just selected rooms, we can save you time and effort.
- Cleaning: we are able to arrange a home cleaning service to suit your needs.
- Insurance: we take care to ensure your possessions are safe and secure – our insurance policy covers your goods and possessions for fire, flood, collision and overturning of our vehicle whilst in transit.
- Unpacking: if unpacking and setting up your new home are the last things you want to do after your move, we can do this for you as well. Also, we can take away all the used cartons and packaging once everything has been unpacked.
- Vehicle transport: whether you are moving a car, motorbike, boat or other vehicles, we can arrange it for you, using the latest transportation methods available to ensure safe delivery of your vehicle. (We recommend that all transit insurance is handled before we take delivery of your vehicle.)
- Pet transport: Transporting you precious pets can be a stressful experience – to help you, we can arrange the door-to-door transportation of your pets and any boarding services that are required.
As you can see, Newcastle Moving & Storage offers many valuable services, more than just removals. We are situated in Tomago, NSW (approx. 25km from Newcastle). Contact us by phone: 1300 769 467; Email: email@example.com; or on the following mobiles: Paul Tyszyk: 0408 180 367 or Glenn Thorley: 0401 348 440
We are happy to provide a quote, as well as whatever help and advice you need.