You’ve found the perfect new home and you’re counting down the days until you can call it your own. All that’s left to do now is pack up and go!

Moving house is often easier said than done, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite moving house tips to make the shift as easy as possible. We’ve got a range of moving truck rental options to suit any move, as well as the friendly staff to offer advice on which one might be best for your needs.

Before we get into the individual hacks, let’s start out with a quick checklist of the basics. This is the stuff every good mover should keep in mind!

Moving House Checklist

  1. Create a moving plan – every room you need to pack, and what items you want to keep out for easy access
  2. Stock up on newspaper or bubble wrap for delicate items
  3. Wrap valuable electronics, like TVs or laptops, in soft blankets
  4. Label boxes as you pack, marking which room they need to be moved into
  5. Measure your large furniture to ensure it will fit in the right size moving truck
  6. Make a backpack or small box of essential items (new house keys, phone chargers, medications, toiletries, etc.)
  7. Secure parking through your local counsel in your current location and your future neighbourhood
  8. Start early to beat the traffic when the big day comes
  9. Make sure you know the pick-up and drop-off times for your moving truck rental
  10. Save your boxes and packing supplies for any future moves

 

That’s the easy stuff. Now let’s dip into the most important hacks for moving yourself:

1. Take photos of your electronic setups

Before you unplug all those electronics, take a quick snap with your phone so you know how to correctly plug everything back in when you’re unpacking.

2. Start with the best packing materials you can find

You will rely on your packing materials to keep all your worldly possessions safe during the move, so go for quality. This means investing in sturdy moving boxes rather than old ones that might rip and fall apart, bubble wrap for glass and fragile items, packing tape to hold everything together, and a moving trolley to make it easier and safer.

3. Throw your clothes in the trash

Not really in the trash, but you can use garbage bags to bunch together a large collection of clothes while they’re still on their hangers. Tie the hangers together with string then slip a stack of coats, dresses, and shirts into a large bag to keep them clean and make them easier to move in one go.

4. Stack your dishes uprights

Your plates and bowls are more likely to survive if you stand them up in a packing box, the same way you would in a dishwasher. Use your tea towels or other packing materials between them to avoid chips and cracks.

5. Plan how you’ll pack the truck

Packing a moving truck is harder than it looks, especially when you’re dealing with a moving truck that you’re unfamiliar with. Naturally, you’ll start with the largest items (couches, cabinets, etc.), but playing Tetris as you go is neither efficient nor wise. It’ll take you a couple of hours to sit down and plan out how these items will fit into the truck, but it will save you a huge amount of time on the day when it comes to putting it all together. It will also give you an order to follow when emptying the house.

6. Write box descriptions on the sides

If you write descriptions of what’s in each box on the top, it’ll make it tough to see what’s what when you’re unpacking from the truck. Instead, write it on a couple of sides so it’s easier to see straight away.

7. Hire moving supplies

Unless you make a habit of moving house, you might be surprised at the range of bits and bobs that you’ll need for the shift. Instead of splurging on a pile of packing tape rollers, sack barrows and other tools, simply rent those moving accessories with Thrifty when you pick up your hire truck. Many locations offer handy moving extras like rope, moving boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and trolleys. A removal truck hire usually comes with a hydraulic lift, which can be a lifesaver for your back if you’ve got loads to carry.

8. Keep a clear path to your moving truck

In the madness of moving day, it can be easy for boxes, miscellaneous furniture, and the family dog to get in the way of loading up the truck. Keep this path clear at all times for efficiency and to maintain the safety of those shifting your items. Of course, you’ll also need to get your moving truck hire as close to the house as possible for shorter carrying distance.

9. Pack heavy items into the truck first

Start with your heavier items such as couches, tables, and white ware before anything else when you pack your moving truck. This makes it easier to fill in the gaps with lighter items and means you won’t risk heavy items at the top falling and breaking or denting other pieces of furniture.

10. Set up your beds as soon as you arrive

Start with your heavier items such as couches, tables, and white ware before anything else when you pack your moving truck. This makes it easier to fill in the gaps with lighter items and means you won’t risk heavy items at the top falling and breaking or denting other pieces of furniture.

11. Lock in that pizza order

Moving house is always sure to work up a healthy appetite, which is why the last item on any moving checklist should always be to order pizza. Whether it’s just you and your housemate, a gang of close friends you’ve reeled in to help, or a hired crew, order a stack of pizzas and make sure everyone knows to help themselves. Lay out plenty of water and cups as well.

Those are our top moving tips – and don’t forget that we’ve got plenty of moving van hire options as well. Looking for a way to keep this advice on-hand during your move? Here’s all of our advice in one big picture you can save!

 

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