How to successfully plan moving house

In the case of moving house, planning is absolutely everything! Whether your move is smooth sailing or a nightmare depends on successfully planning. If this sounds daunting, don’t let it be. The point of this article is to provide you with some step by step instructions to make your move hassle-free.

First things first

One of the first considerations will be where you are moving your furniture and household goods. Is it close by or will your goods be transported over a long distance. Will you placing your goods in storage?

There are many excellent storage facilities to be had in Queensland, including Fort Knox which is located right up and down the state in most regional centres, including Fort Knox gold coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Gladstone and Mackay. The point to note is this: if you are taking your goods a long way or storing them, the packing process needs to be done with greater care.

So, let’s get started on moving house 101!

Step 1 – Get equipped

Making sure you have adequate boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape and pens for labelling boxes is essential. Order enough to do the job so you don’t run out at the last minute. It’s a good idea to allocate supplies to rooms.

Step 2 – Break it down

Rather than face the massive task of packing in one hit, start packing up anything you don’t use ahead of time. Label these boxes ‘non-essentials” so you unpack them last.

Step 3 – Label it

Detail is good. Write the room where the contents are to go as well as adding a description of the goods packed. This won’t take long but will save hours at the other end. Don’t forget to mark boxes containing fragile items accordingly! Mark the tops and sides of the box.

Step 4 – Tape it

Make sure the bottoms of boxes are taped well to avoid breakage and be careful about the weight. 2-3 layers of tape should be adequate.

Step 5 – Fragile

Fragile items should be bubble-wrapped and packing paper should be scrunched up and placed in any gaps in boxes. You don’t want the contents of a box moving about in transit. Don’t forget to mark the box FRAGILE.

Anything breakable should be wrapped individually, in packing paper or bubble wrap depending on the fragility of the object. Also add a layer of bubble wrap to the top and bottom of boxes holding breakables.

Step 6 – Heavy first

Place the heaviest items at the bottom of the box and lighter things to the top, like towels, pillows etc.

Step 7 – Don’t overfill

While it might be tempting to stuff as many things as possible into a box, it is rarely a good idea. Remember the box needs to be lifted! Around 20-25 kg should be your maximum.

Step 8 – Keep the screws together

If you disassemble anything, be sure to place all the nut and bolts together in a clearly labelled plastic bag.

Step 9 – Don’t forget to breathe

When it all seems too stressful it is a good idea to take a few minutes out to simply breathe.

Tracy Kilop

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