BE PREPARED, I cannot stress this enough, it does not matter if you are moving locally or long distance whether your move is quoted or if you are paying by the hour, being prepared WILL save you time and money.



JETTISON THE JUNK – Tour your home from top to bottom including garage and yard / outside areas, get rid of things you don't need anymore, there is no point paying a Removalist to move them to your new home if you are only going to do this latter.

PACKING – If you intend to pack your own boxes, START NOW, plan to do some each day, make sure you identify the contents of each box and nominate the room in which it should be placed at your new home, clearly mark all fragile boxes with fragile tap if possible, if they are very fragile also use "top load only" tape to mark the box. If you are packing liquids please mark the box "liquids this way up" ( remember to empty the jug/kettle ) this a common one to forget😊.

MAKE A LIST – Of the things your family will need on the big day and put them aside for the trip.

RETURN - Anything you have borrowed from your neighbours.

IF – You are moving long distance have your vehicle comprehensively checked.

CHECK – Your fridge & washing machine will fit the space allocated for them in your new home.



WASH & DRY – Your laundry, remove hoses & washers from machine and place them in the w/m bowl, remove dryer from wall bracket and unscrew bracket from wall if you intend to take it with you.

FUEL – Drain fuel from lawn mower and other such equipment, put aside any flammables such as oil based paints, turps, aerosol cans & gas bottles (REMOVALIST ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TRANSPORT THESE AND THEY ARE NOT PERMITTED IN STORAGE).

PLEASE AVOID – Watering pot plants at least two days before the move, we do not want water leaking through the load, if you have small pot plants place them in open fruit or broccoli boxes lined with tin foil, pack them in snugly so they keep each other upright.

DISASSEMBLE – Swing sets, remove legs from trampoline, empty plastic sand pit and if possible remove sand and coal from the BBQ tray.



DEFROST – The fridge & remove ALL the food into esky's, wipe out the fridge interior with a few drops of vanilla essence in water to make sure it smells fresh on arrival, if possible empty the drip tray from the rear of the fridge.

DISASSEMBLE – All items that need or can be disassembled, remove castors from ensemble bed bases, tape up loose bed slates into neat bundles, remove mirrors from dressing tables ( where possible ), remember to put screws, nuts & bolts cam locks etc in a safe place like a draw. Remove shelves and shelf supports from bookcases and wall units, disconnect TV, DVD, gaming consoles, stereo systems, and computers, collect loose leads, remotes and controls and place them in a marked box. Roll up rugs, place some tape around the ironing board so it does not spring open, drain and roll up garden hoses, place some tape around them so they stay rolled up.

GO AROUND – The house again to check for anything you may have overlooked.



DROP – Young children & pets off with a friend or babysitter or have someone over to supervise them if possible.

ORGANISE – An emergency kit you can take with you in the car, pack a small box with some snack food, tea, coffee, sugar, mugs, glasses, soap and a towel.

SET ASIDE – Things you may need to the last minute like vacuum and cleaning equipment.

IF – You want a emergency kit or vacuum cleaner or any other items immediately on arrival to travel with the removalist be sure they are marked load last so they are first off.

BEFORE THE TRUCK DEPARTS – Make sure everything has been loaded.

SEND A SCOUT – On ahead so that there is someone on site with keys to your new home to meet the removalist when they arrive.

BE SURE – The removalist have a clear idea of where everything is to go in your new home, label your boxes clearly or colour code them and tape a colour swatch to the door of the room where the matching articles are to be placed.

THAT NIGHT – Break out the celebratory champers and welcome home 🍾.


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