Great tips for when you’re moving house!

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Most New Zealanders will find themselves moving house at sometime or another during their life.  Many of us have done so repeatedly and are well aware of what an all-consuming event it can be. Indeed, assembling every single item we own, stacking it in a truck, and then trying to recreate order from it in a new environment… that’s no small task.  Here are some tried and tested tips for making the whole process a lot much less daunting. Bert Tarry Carriers have been serving Auckland as reliable removal companies since 1942 and have the reputation as one of Aucklands leading house moving company.


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Get Organised – Create an Organiser

If anything is going to go astray during a move, it will be all those tiny bits of paper and random jottings that become so crucially important the second we lose them.  The first thing to establish before moving house, is a Moving Organiser. This can be as simple as a clear folder and notepad, purchased from your local stationery shop. The more organised you are means the more organised your moving company will be as like any body

Every move-related piece of information, be it, “notes-to-self”, business cards, appointment reminders and receipts can be safely stowed away to be easily referred to as soon as you need them.  Have a Notebook of your ‘To Do List’ in the front of the folder and maintain it as you go along.  Add to it as things come to mind. Attention to detail such as “arrange parking space for removal van” and “withdraw cash for carpet cleaner” can help avoid problems on the day.


Tackle Tasks Ahead of Time

Tasks such as providing Utility company’s with move-out and move-in dates can usually be done in advance and help you avoid extra charges due to notice periods or even worse, the inconvenience of trying to set up house without electricity. Check the fine print of your Home and Contents insurance, specifically where it relates to moving house.

Source your boxes, bubble wrap, labels, marker pens and masking-tape well in advance. You’d be amazed at the amount of packing you can accomplish well before move-out day.  Start boxing up rarely used items from your garage, storage closet, book shelf and linen cupboard.  Even just a box or two each night after work can really take the pressure off from immediately before the move.

If possible, sketch up a plan of the new house and its room dimensions and then measure major items of furniture to decide on layout ahead of time.  Investigating the width of doorways and access points to your new home will help anticipate any issues you might have with getting large items of furniture into the new house. You’d be surprised at how often people arrive ready to unload, only to learn that their spacious lounge suite doesn’t actually fit through the doors to their new home.

Carefully consider the advantages of hiring professional assistance.  The investment is rarely a source of regret when compared with tackling the enormity of the task on your own. The experience and know-how that a Professional Removalist brings to the day can make a significant difference to stress-levels surrounding the move.

Labels, Lots of Them

A small but crucial ingredient to a reduced-stress move? Labels. Lots and lots of labels.  These can be generated on your computer in advance or hand-written as you go along. But as tempting as it may be to scrimp on labels or the details captured, don’t!  Good labeling will save you significantly when it comes to easy unpacking at the other end.  Each label should start with the applicable room as a heading (eg “Kitchen”, “Master Bedroom”) and then list specifics of the contents contained. Additional labels such as  “Fragile” or “This Way Up” should be clearly visible.

Attention to little things, like positioning the label on the same place on each box will save a lot of time and energy at the other end, when you might otherwise find yourself flipping and re-flipping a box to find its listed contents. Whether you are paying professionals or enlisting willing (or reluctant) volunteers, a good system of labeling will shield you from inevitable questions such as, “whats in this?” and “where should this one go?” as the move progresses.  And make full use of your move assistants while you have them, ensuring that boxes get stacked in the specific room that they belong to at the destination house.  Nothing worse than double-handling if you allow kitchen boxes to get stacked in the bedroom and lounge boxes down the hallway wall.

“Must Haves”  & “Will Needs” Get Packed Last

Decide in advance what items will be required right up to the last and other items needed during the move itself (think toothbrush, cleaning gear, screwdrivers, bedding and breakfast dishes) and have their boxes waiting and labeled to be filled at the last minute. Also keep track of that box of essentials that you will need when you first get to the new house (think measuring tape, Johnny’s favorite teddy, picture hanging gear, the cat bowl) and have it easily accessible upon arrival.

Elbow Grease & a Positive Attitude

Importantly, approach your moving day with the right attitude. It’s a big upheaval yes, but life in a new home can be an exciting and invigorating change. Having music playing as you move and cool drinks on hand can do much to keep everybody motivated and positive while they work. Don’t forget to eat on the day, and get a good nights rest the day before. Start early, and with a bit of foresight and planning, moving house need not be nearly as daunting as you have previously experienced.

For a completely professional approach and outstanding value for money, contact us for further expert advice on really taking the stress out of moving.


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